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General Software Discussion / Re: AppRocket: Quicksilver for Windows
« on: October 02, 2005, 04:24 AM »
Mouser, you're amazing!  Haven't run it yet - just downloading it now...

General Software Discussion / Re: AppRocket: Quicksilver for Windows
« on: October 01, 2005, 04:08 PM »
Great - look forward to seeing whatever you come up with.  And I quite agree with your prioritisation of skinning: it's nice; we can live without it.

General Software Discussion / Re: AppRocket: Quicksilver for Windows
« on: October 01, 2005, 03:08 PM »
Woowoo!  Let me know if you'd like anyone to test it...  I agree it should be optional, because I know some people really dislike skinned apps - and I expect the main reason is bloat.  But you managed to do it really well in Popup Wisdom.

Living Room / Re: Making websites, for complete beginners
« on: October 01, 2005, 02:35 PM »
Thanks, kfitting - NVU is great!  I've got a holding page up now, thanks to your help...  Much appreciated.

I've looked at a few templates, seen a few things I like.  Forgive me if this is a really dumb question, but I come across so many sites lately that seem to be built on blog templates - and many of the designs are really nice.  Is this an option - using blogging software and templates to build a website?

General Software Discussion / Re: AppRocket: Quicksilver for Windows
« on: October 01, 2005, 02:27 PM »
I love the idea of F&RR being a small bar to start with (my preference is for a skinnable bar, or one that responds to WindowBlinds themes) and then expanding as more links are found - as AR does.  With AR, you can set the size of the drop-down list, either by dragging-and-dropping it, or in preferences. 

Then, to your other points:
1) That's interesting - I didn't know that... Thanks.
2) Yes, I am running in 'Use main application' mode.

General Software Discussion / Re: AppRocket: Quicksilver for Windows
« on: October 01, 2005, 10:37 AM »
Okay, I love the compactness and tiny footprint of F&RR - that's so much better than AppRocket.  But I really, really like the look of AppRocket, and I'm a bit of a sucker for its slidey drawer - eyecandy, I know, but it's very nice.  ;)   And although F&RR is an appealing, compact and elegant design, I find that once it's called up, it's intrusive in a way AR manages not to be - maybe that's simply because it takes up more room before I've even started looking for anything.

At the moment at least, I also find AppRocket is a little quicker - at least I think it is.  My impression is that F&RR is looking deeper, but that AR is getting to the right place sooner.

Just playing around with them both at the moment.  So far, my impressions are superficial but significant - just love that AppRocket design!

General Software Discussion / Re: AppRocket: Quicksilver for Windows
« on: October 01, 2005, 04:24 AM »
The memory usage has been what chased me off AppRocket every other time I've looked at it - and there have been a few, because it is such an atrractive-looking piece of software.  I have used ObjectDock for most of the last year, and been fairly happy with it, but I've noticed over the last few months that I have been using the Quick Launch toolbar more and more, so I switched off ObjectDock a few days ago.

So, right now, AppRocket is running at 14,400k, but F&RR is not far behind at 13,512k - ah, but I just opened and then closed the F&RR window, and wahaaay, it's down to 660k!

Living Room / Making websites, for complete beginners
« on: September 30, 2005, 11:44 AM »
I'm just starting up a small consultancy, aiming to help people in getting online safely and keeping their information secure and their computers bug-free.  (The background is that I am re-training, and I need to make some money to pay for my course.)  I've just bought a domain name, and I want to get a website up and running in the next month or so.  But I am a complete beginner - I once designed a three-page website as part of my work, using FrontPage, but that was extremely ugly and a little ropey.  Can anyone advise me of (1) any easy-to-understand and straightforward website-making tools (you see, I don't even know the right names!), and (2) any simple course or set of hints and tips I might find online - for design and structure, and then for more esoteric (to me) things like upping ranking on search-engines (I think there's something on this over at lifehacker today, so I'll go check that out next).  Any suggestions much appreciated...

Google ads put me off - they manage somehow to be unobtrusive and unpleasant at the same time!  But I like your suggestion of bypassing them for non-members, Mouser.  I know I would pay (more) to turn them off!

General Software Discussion / Re: AppRocket: Quicksilver for Windows
« on: September 30, 2005, 11:07 AM »
Cool, will give it some thought and get them both up and running  ;)

General Software Discussion / Re: AppRocket: Quicksilver for Windows
« on: September 30, 2005, 11:01 AM »
Hey, Mouser: I've been thinking of writing a mini-review of AppRocket - interested?  At any rate you'd hear what one punter likes about it...  To be fair, I would likely run it alongside F&RR for a few days to see which I prefer - which might help you in developing F&RR - again, at least so far as this one punter goes.

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Archivarius
« on: September 30, 2005, 10:54 AM »
I wondered about that, Clif.  Perhaps I should have said that more plainly - hell, even said it at all!  Although I think it would be clear as soon as you followed the link to the site...

Living Room / Re: Stupid IE question
« on: September 30, 2005, 04:08 AM »
I wonder if this link might be of relevance:

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Archivarius
« on: September 30, 2005, 02:46 AM »
You're very welcome to do that, Clif.  I have a paragraph I want to add to the text later.  You could p.m. me with an email address, and I'll let you have the completed text.

Mini-Reviews by Members / Archivarius
« on: September 29, 2005, 03:28 PM »

I have tried most of the mainstream desktop search tools, starting with blinkx and the first beta from Google.  I especially liked Copernic, and that was the one I ran for the longest period.  When Google launched their latest version, I decided to give it another try, tempted by some of the nice interface design work going on over at (especially the Getchoo project).  Then I installed NOD32, and stumbled upon the documented incompatibility between these two products (read Google websites and you’ll learn it’s NOD’s fault, read security websites and you’ll learn it’s Google’s fault).   That was a drag, but not enough to convince to change desktop searcher again.  But then I changed my email over to The Bat!, and it was only yesterday that I realised GDS was no longer indexing new mail.  A bit of research turned up a plugin for GDS, but that was described as buggy (and I would still have the draggy NOD/GDS problem); so I decided to look around.  There is an excellent comparative chart of the various Desktop Search tools over at:  I hadn’t heard of the only program listed there that indexed The Bat!, Archivarius 3000, so I decided to give it a try – and I really like what I found.

Like most of the other tools in its class, Archivarius is a small download (3mb) – you’ll find it over at  I found it a very straightforward install, and it indexed my 35,000 documents and emails in a matter of minutes.  In creating an index, you start by choosing exactly what you want indexed, either by selecting common items or choosing specific files, folders, or data types.  So you’re completely and easily in charge of what is and isn’t archived, right from the start.  If you choose, for instance, to index your The Bat! email, you then go on to select which folders should and shouldn’t be indexed.

Next, you can choose morphological options (!), which simplifies searching in a multi-language environment.  I don’t need this facility, so I’ve not looked into it much.  Archivarius apparently understands natural language queries; according to the Likasoft website, ‘While searching, the program automatically generates all forms of words, which provide full-text documents search in 16 languages.’  These languages are: English, German, Spanish, French, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Bulgarian, Danish, Ukrainian and Belarusian.

Next, you get to choose which document types are indexed – it really is an exhaustive list, from common word-processing formats (MS Word, Write, and Works; WordPerfect, RTF) through Excel, PDF, ICQ chat files, and many more (including Zinio Reader magazines, which is new format to me, and looks fun and useful). 

Then you choose file extensions to be indexed, then document encodings, then whether or not to extract documents from archives (which is done with a built-in archiver, so no external software is needed).

All of these settings, after the first step of choosing what you want to index, can be set in Program Settings and inherited from there – and the default settings are probably going to be fine for most users (and certainly for me!).

When you’re done with all this, you can choose when the index is created – either immediately, or at a later time – and you can get an estimate of how big the index will be: on this machine, it comes to most of a whopping half-a-gigabyte, but disk space is cheap, and the lightning fast search results are well-worth that impact to me.

So, once it’s finished indexing, you can just click on the ‘Search’ button and enter your query, and within moments – it tells you how many moments in the bottom right corner of its window – the results are there, previewed with each of your search terms highlighted.  I put my boss’s name in (this is the machine I use as his secretary), and up come more than 20,000 results in just over 12 seconds.  Double-click any one of those and you open the hit in a simple text viewer (which, according to the website, can deal with very large files); again, each of your search terms is highlighted. 

Or you can switch to list view, which simply lists file titles, folders, dates, without previews.  You can also choose from a number of different headers in this list, so it’s highly customisable.

You can also index and search remotely, as well as on removable media.  All this, and it’s running at just 16mb of memory while open, and at less than 10mb when it’s running in the system tray. 

Unlike the other Desktop Searchers I tried, you can specify when it does its indexing, so you’re always in easy control. 

I like Archivarius – it’s simple and straightforward, but it doesn’t sacrifice any flexibility or control.  It’s a powerful indexer and searcher – and it indexes what I consider to be the best email client around.  It does what it says on the box, reliably and plainly, and it’s just what I need in my work.

Of course, I’m just getting to know it, and what I’ve said here is really a beginner’s enthusiasm in getting to know a new program – there are so many features I haven’t even looked into yet, but I’ll recommend it very highly based on my experience so far.

[I embedded the images by simply uploading them to - mouser]

Find And Run Robot / Re: Find&Run Robot owns desktop search
« on: September 29, 2005, 05:16 AM »
I had no problems at all, and it worked very quickly and well - and the searching is lightning fast.  It seems to me a cut-back, essentials-only kind of program.  I like it, and after playing with it for awhile, I intend to post my first mini-review over in that section.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Find&Run Robot owns desktop search
« on: September 29, 2005, 04:39 AM »
I see what you mean, Carol!  And damn but it's persistent in trying to change my .eml associations to Outlook Express!  I hate this kind of behavious so much that I will probably ditch it.  Has anyone tried Archivarious 3000?  I came across it at this well-known site that compares all the desktop search products - it's the only one that indexes 'The Bat!':  But it is a commercial product, so there's a charge...

Find And Run Robot / Re: Find&Run Robot owns desktop search
« on: September 29, 2005, 04:02 AM »
Okay then, I'll give it a try.  Downloading now....

Find And Run Robot / Re: Find&Run Robot owns desktop search
« on: September 29, 2005, 03:35 AM »
I have wondered about that!  When they're useful, they're very, very useful - but they're not useful all the time.  I'll take a look at MSN - no, I won't.

General Software Discussion / Re: Word AutoCompleter
« on: September 29, 2005, 03:33 AM »
Oh, it's just built into the Pocket PC operating system, I think.  I can't find a separate name for it.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Find&Run Robot owns desktop search
« on: September 28, 2005, 04:56 PM »
Good point - makes sense.  Only thing with GDS is that it clashes with NOD32.  I've just uninstalled GDS for this reason.  Now I'm trying Yahoo Search. 

Find And Run Robot / Re: Find&Run Robot owns desktop search
« on: September 28, 2005, 03:59 PM »
My request for the first F&RR plugin: search The Bat! email.  I'm disappointed that none of the mainstream (free) Desktop searchers seem to index The Bat!  I've come across two commercial ones that do, but I don't think any of the free ones do.  I really need such a tool in my work, and I don't find the native Bat! search is powerful enough. 

General Software Discussion / Re: Word AutoCompleter
« on: September 28, 2005, 03:01 PM »
I ran under Linux for awhile, and that had autocomplete built in.  That was about two and a half years ago, so I'm not sure if the current version has that anymore.  I found it quite difficult to get used to on the computer, and eventually turned it off, but I depend on a similar technology when I'm writing on my PDA - couldn't be without it there.

Living Room / Re: Help! - serious weirdness
« on: September 27, 2005, 02:39 PM »
Where this has got to now: it seems that the memory stick I bought (Kingston part KTH-ZD7000/512) is not actually the correct one for my machine (HP Pavilion ZD7010EA laptop, for which the correct part is Kingston's KTC-P2800/512).  That might be the cause of the problem, or it might be due to a fault with the memory stick.  The guy who sold it to me on eBay listed it as compatible with my machine (and the part number would suggest compatibility), but I expect I've no recourse there after several months passing.  Anyway, the good people over at Kingston have agreed to swap the stick for a new one under their lifetime guarantee - but they will only swap for the same part.  Anyone need a new KTC-P2800/512 and willing to consider buying me a KTH-ZD7000/512 in exchange?  Here's a link to the Kingston page in case you want to know more about the module:   I'm not expecting anyone to agree to this, but if you are interested, please p.m. me.  Thanks.

Living Room / Re: Network problem - can anyone advise?
« on: September 27, 2005, 02:22 PM »
In conclusion: I have now shifted the printer onto one of the Win XP machines, shared it, and all is working smoothly.  The 98 machines print to it perfectly too.  Thanks to all for suggestions and support...

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