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Offer appears to be closed.   :(

« on: February 03, 2012, 05:29 PM »
I think the real question is, "How much can my brain shut down before I actually die?"

« on: February 03, 2012, 02:57 PM »
Yay!  Or did it already say "March?"  I don't remember...

EDIT:   Actually I think that was before...  Otherwise it wouldn't say "Special Fundraiser."  Moderator may delete.

Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Citrix issue
« on: January 31, 2012, 09:54 AM »
This doesn't surprise me.  I don't currently have access to a Citrix environment, but have used them lots in the past.  They tend to act a lot like a sandbox, were they act like a normal Windows OS, but an app that is outside of Citrix, trying to look in, can only see "Citrix" and not what is inside of Citrix.  (That wasn't a very good explanation, but I'm not a programmer and the behavior is hard to describe.)

Anyhoo...  I wonder if CHS is trying to figure out what app, etc the clip is originating from, but it can only see "Citrix" and so it gets stuck when trying to display the clip.  (Even though it  is still able to understand the text content of the clipboard.)

I've found that sometimes launching things directly in Citrix helps.  (Depending on your permission levels you might not be able to do this).  I've successfully used a couple different portable applications (TranslatorBoomerang was one, I think), that function correctly when started from inside Citrix, but don't function correctly if started outside.   I'm not sure if this applies to an app as sophisticated as CHS though...

My understanding with pdf "EDITORS" is that they are all very expensive. 
Do you want to actually have an exiting pdf that you edit, or do you want to just have a finished product that is a pdf?

I'm not familiar with OmniPage, but I do know of http://www.cutepdf.c...s/cutepdf/Writer.asp which is free.  You could make a doc in Word (or GoogleDocs) with a table, then paste the text in the table and save/print as a PDF. 

Also, if you want an existing pdf with text fields that you can type/paste into, then print it, that is a different scenario. is the only freebie I'm aware of that let's you create that.

I don't think you'll find any tool that will, naively, create a table and insert text of two diff languages. 

Re TranslatorBoomerang, make sure you check out the "debug" tab...   That is where you can copy both versions of your text from.  See img

I was also thinking that maybe you could use VBA in Word to write a macro for the job, given that Word has some native translation abilities.  After trying though, I'm not so sure it would be possible. 

Mouser has a similar tool
It was built as a novelty (to show how messages get lost in translation).  It also works good for error checking translations though.  I found that some Spanish characters didn't display correctly, but it works well otherwise.

General Software Discussion / Re: ZOOM setting reminder ?
« on: January 27, 2012, 08:31 PM »
press and hold the Ctrl key and then press the "0" (Zero) key once.
This is my new favorite thing!!! :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: SOPA Shelved - ACTA is Worse
« on: January 24, 2012, 09:11 AM »
I live in Wa State and got the below email about the "OPEN Act." NOw I need to figure out that that's all about.  Sounds like more of the same.

Dear Mr. Kunkel,
Thank you for contacting me about the internet streaming of copyrighted material . I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
On May 12, 2011, Senator Leahy (D-VT) introduced S. 968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act. Under current federal law, U.S. law enforcement officials and holders of copyrights, trademarks, and patents, have limited legal remedies available to combat internet websites that are registered in foreign countries but operate in the United States by selling products, services, and/or content that violates U.S. intellectual property law. If enacted, the proposed legislation would create an expedited process for the Department of Justice and intellectual property rights holders to shut down through a court order these websites by targeting the owners and operators of the Internet site, if known, or the domain name registrant associated with the Internet site.
While I am supportive of the goal of protecting intellectual property, I am deeply concerned that the definitions and the means by which the legislation seeks to accomplish these goals will have unintended consequences and hurt innovation, job creation, and threaten online speech and security. On November 17, 2011, I signed a letter along with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) objecting to the bill as it is currently written.   
On December 17, 2011, Senator Wyden introduced the "Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade" (OPEN) Act (S. 2029), of which I am an original co-sponsor. The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee, where it is currently awaiting further review. The OPEN Act is a more effective approach to stop foreign web sites that are found to be primarily and willfully used to infringe intellectual property rights. The OPEN Act builds on the existing legal framework used by the International Trade Commission (ITC) for addressing unfair acts in the importation of articles into the United States, or in their sale for importation, or sale within the United States after importation.
Our trade laws have yet to catch up to deal with the global digital economy. The OPEN Act recognizes that the Internet has created new opportunities for foreign products to reach the U.S. market and that there is little difference between downloading a pirated movie from a foreign website and importing a counterfeit movie DVD from a foreign company. For those foreign web sites that are determined after an investigation to be primarily and willfully infringing, the International Trade Commission will issue a "Cease and Desist" order. The "Cease and  Desist " order may also be served on financial intermediaries that provide services to that foreign web site, compelling financial payment processors and online advertising providers to cease doing business with the foreign site in question.  This would cut off financial incentives for this illegal activity and deter these unfair imports from reaching the U.S. market.
The OPEN Act addresses the same challenges as the PROTECT IP Act, while protecting freedom of speech, innovation, and security on the Internet. The challenge of rogue web sites is one that many nations face. The United States has always been seen as a leader on Internet issues. Laws we establish in the United States regarding the Internet are likely to be used as models around the world. And because the Internet is global in nature, it is important that we carefully consider how the laws and policies we adopt in this area may be received and translated by other countries.
The Protect IP Act was scheduled to go to the Senate floor for a procedural vote on January 23, 2011. Due to the effective grassroots advocacy and public outcry against the bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has pulled the proposed legislation from the floor calendar. 
I appreciate Majority Leader Reid's decision to postpone a vote on the PROTECT IP Act. America's economy thrives on innovation and freedom of speech. We can't afford to rush an Internet policy that could trample on our innovation economy. The American people clearly spoke and their voices were heard. As we move forward, I'll continue to advocate for a policy that protects both creative content and online freedom of speech.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. You may also be interested in signing up for periodic updates for Washington State residents. If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website at . Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

Clipboard Help+Spell / Is CHS "Dropbox-friendly?"
« on: January 21, 2012, 12:49 PM »
I've used Clipboard H+S off and an for years now, and have always been impressed by it.  The main reason I keep straying away from it is because I really need something that can let me easily access my clips whether at home or at work.   i.e. Is Dropbox-friendly.  If it was portable, I could (?) "install" it in my Dropbox folder, then it wouldn't know which computer I was on.  I would just need to make sure I didn't have both computer running at the same time.  I've been doing this successfully with the portable version of ClipMate.  Unfortunately, ClipMate seems like it might be abandonware now.  Plus I want to use CHS simply because I have a vested interest in DonationCoder.  (And CHS has a better quickpaste menu.)

The new Ethervane Echo seems to handle the dropbox issue pretty well.  I like CHS better though, because it handles pics (and for a couple other reasons; Though Echo is awesome in it's own right).

I'm surprised that searching the CHS board for "dropbox" yields zero results.  Surly I'm not the first person to think of this. 

Extra notes: I know I can export when shutting down, then import when I start the other computer, but I don't really  consider this a viable option (I"m just too darn lazy!)  Also, having a list of friends on a network and network passwords, etc etc like Ditto is overkill IMHO.  It would be okay if it could monitor for any changes in the database, but mostly I just need the portable bit.

Thoughts?  Comments?  Thanks. 

I know what you mean, Tranglos, about being a sucker for a good UI.  I've tried lots of times to self-teach myself AHK, but end up getting frustrated and going back to MacroExpress, because there's no code needed.  (Though you do still need to understand the logic behind more complex macros, and you have to become a quasi-expert if you want to manipulate the registry, work with .ini files, and that sort of thing.)  The different possible activations are pretty versatile.   I think maybe you can have a space character as a suffix activation, which makes it like an autocorrector.  But I think you'd have to create each item as a separate macro which would be prohibitively time-consuming. The sister product, ShortKeys, actually lets you import the .acl library from office (e.g. C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\1033\MSO.ACL), which is nice.  UNFORTUNATELY, I found that ShorkKeys conflicted with the built-in autocorrect of Word, so I don't recommend it.  (fyi Here is a comparison chart of the apps:

Lastly, regarding autocorrects, have you tried the AHK script that this Jim fellow made http://www.autohotke...ings.htm#AutoCorrect ?
It's pretty sweet and has a gizmo for quickly adding new items.  I think you could probably also use it as a text-expander(?)  You'd just have to be careful to not have any real words replaced.  (For example use "myaddy " to activate your address, but don't use, "add ")

Texter is a freebie from the Lifehacker people.

There's also Shortkeys
from the people who make MacroExpress.

There's also, coincidentally, one at today, though it doesn't seem to be getting good reviews.  
EDIT:  I guess fastpaste doesn't really fit this category...

My humble advice is to use AutoHotKey, if you have the skills to code.   If not, shell out the $60 for MacroExpressPro. It's quite powerful and has a responsive support forum.

Meh..  Betanews does smack of commercialism.   :-\
Probably won't ever get on my "check daily" list....   But I'll still check it for freebies now and again.   ;)

Why not?  What's the scoop with betanews/fileforum?

Usually they have items that are for sale at a discount, but occasionally there is a freebie.
Such as right now they have MAGIX PC Check & Tuning 2011  (normally $49 USD).
I installed it.  Seems okay...  Not sure if it's any better then Advanced System Care Free, CCleaner, or any of the others.
You have to give Magix your email, so I'm sure I'll be getting an "upgrade offer" for version 2012 soon...

Anyway, the site is worth checking out every now and then.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Giveaway of the Day - Retouch Pilot
« on: January 15, 2012, 11:46 AM »
Yes, I also installed it.  Looks like a nice little app.  Norton Antivirus got a false positive on it, so I worked around that.  It has built-in animated demos, which is kindof nice.

Living Room / Re: Any designer around? I need one image designed.
« on: January 11, 2012, 12:23 PM »
I'll give it a whirl.  The image part that is.  I don't know much about webdesign.  I'm guessing you have a specific photo and an idea of what you want this image to look like?

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Ethervane Echo
« on: January 06, 2012, 01:51 PM »
Wow this is impressive!   Thanks for making it!   :Thmbsup:  ;D
PS:  It plays nice with Dropbox... Extra points for that!   ;)

RE False alarm:  The statement is poorly worded.  There were many version 1s, and they all used the same reg code.  The developer came up with a new "uncrakable" code system that was incompatible with the old code system.  Folks (like me) who purchased the "upgrade assurance" thing DID get a new code for version 2.

RE Incompatible: x2 has worked with all the different Windows hacks I've used.  e.g. WindowBlinds, ActualWindowManager.  If anything, x2 is TOO MUCH like a normal window...  A common complaint on the forums is that it is too "plain" and not aesthetic enough.  The developer is big into function-over-form.

General Software Discussion / xplorer2 at Bits Du Jour soon....
« on: January 02, 2012, 11:17 AM »
I can't see a date,
but I imagine it will be active in the next day or two.  50% discount.  Comment from Nikos (the developer) indicates you can also opt to get the "lifetime" licence at 50% off (i.e. for future versions).

Have you guys thought about having a teach-your-self-paced-AHK school/sub-forum?  I think there used to be one here a long time ago.  I've tried teaching myself off and on over the years, it's pretty hard to wrap your brain around though if you have had no formal instruction.  I can make a script that will type out the date...  That's about it.

General Software Discussion / Re: Spartan Clipboard: Giveaway
« on: January 01, 2012, 12:19 PM »
Yes, I also installed this yesterday...  Pretty cool.  It has a kind of old and clunky feel to it, but has some innovative features.  There's no support forum which is a huge drawback IMHO.  Looks like there's a (fairly inactive) Facebook page though.  The coolest thing, is that you can change the location of the data folder to a folder in your Dropbox folder and it'll tolerate sharing the file between two computers.  (Have to close and re-open Spartan to see the changes).

Living Room / Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!
« on: January 01, 2012, 12:13 PM »
Happy 2012 Mouser and All!    ;D

Finished Programs / Re: Taking Screenshot (via PrtScn) & MS Paint
« on: December 27, 2011, 03:02 PM »
Yepper doodle.  ScreenshotCaptor is what you need.

This really doesn't surprise me...  I'll agree though, that it is quite misleading to say "life-time licence," when "for the life-time of version 8" is what they meant.

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY Folk, I can make your icon if you want...
« on: December 24, 2011, 11:12 AM »
You're welcome!

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