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In the beginning there was chaos separating the people and preventing them from getting stuff done.  But in the beginning too, there was a hero.  A brave soul that helped the people by enabling their productivity through digital tools and utilities.  Some teased him for selflessly dedicating his time and energies to benefit others.  "Birdbrain!"  They tauntingly said unto him.  So caring was he for the people that they called him, "Nanny."  "Don't call me that!"  He said.  "It is too weird."  "Call me 'Cody.'" 

(to be continued)

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY Folk, I can make your icon if you want...
« on: December 23, 2011, 07:27 PM »
Great work, Kunkel!
Thanks Man!

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY Folk, I can make your icon if you want...
« on: December 23, 2011, 07:10 PM »
Behold the unveiling of [trumpets in background] ... GotSpace? Icon V3...
(see attached)

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY Folk, I can make your icon if you want...
« on: December 23, 2011, 03:39 PM »
Okay, how about this?
12-23-2011 1-36-39 PM.jpg
Seems to be recognizable at the different sizes...
Note that, by moving the ? down, the viewable part of the image became shorter than it is wide.  

EDIT: It occurs to me that the top part of the ? looks yellow...  I can probably fix that if needed.

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY Folk, I can make your icon if you want...
« on: December 23, 2011, 11:51 AM »
@Phil,  That one is nice, but it lacks kunkely goodness.  
@Sto, Yea, I have to agree about the calipers not really working...  Though, strictly-speaking, the icon is square, it's just that the side borders each have a bit that is transparent.  
Here are some new things I was tinkering with:
Edit: see below.
The left one is square, but I have to have the question mark overlap to achieve it.  The middle one it flat (not tilted) but still has a 3Dish iconiness about it.
Note that I put the pink wedge back on the left, because that's were the Windows drive properties puts it.  The question mark definitely goes well with the "Joker" element.  I'm surprised I didn't think of it!  What color do you want it to be?  For some reason I keep imagining it green...  Also, look on your computer and see if there's a font you might like better.    

Actually, 3D question mark floating above with drop shadow is okayish, I guess..  (right)
12-23-2011 10-01-25 AM.jpg

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY Folk, I can make your icon if you want...
« on: December 22, 2011, 05:54 PM »
Here's a quick fix...
The pink and blue seem washed out now...  I guess I should make the calipers darker instead.
Also the calipers are more or less 2D.  I'd have to rotate them fwd a bit for true 3D grooviness.  I can probably do it, but it might take a while.

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY Folk, I can make your icon if you want...
« on: December 22, 2011, 05:35 PM »
Yea, I did have the calipers higher so that the tips were just touching the pie (i.e. measuring it). That made the overall image tall/narrower though.
By 'rotate' are you thinking so it looks like it's sitting flat on the table, or so that the calipers are actually measuring the pink wedge?

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY Folk, I can make your icon if you want...
« on: December 22, 2011, 04:37 PM »
I included a large PNG for whatever use.  The ICO has an outline applied around it.  I did that because the calipers looked kindof spindly and skeletony...
I might rework it so the caliper parts are all thicker and the dark grays on the calipers are darker.  It doesn't seem to have much contrast next to the superdark pie chart (or should I lighten the pie chart?)  At least the image is recognizable at 16x16, which is the important part.  The ICO has all standard Windows icon sizes from 16x16 to 256x256.  I noticed that when viewed at 256 the outline looks a bit jagged.  I might try to get rid of that too.
Anyway, let me know what you think.

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY Folk, I can make your icon if you want...
« on: December 22, 2011, 04:31 PM »
If I'm doing this right there should be a zipped folder attached... 
Turned out kindof coolish I guess. 

Find And Run Robot / Re: I want to see only .exe files and .lnk
« on: December 22, 2011, 11:31 AM »
Ah right.  I guess that's what you were trying to tell me when I inquired about the most efficient way to handle pattern rules!   ;)

Find And Run Robot / Re: I want to see only .exe files and .lnk
« on: December 21, 2011, 09:29 PM »
I just resently learned this myself! 
Go to Options, then Pattern Scoring.  Make everything -999999   (negative99999), except the "exe" and "lnk" patterns...   Make those 9999999 (positive999999).
Other people might know a better way. Also, go to Search folders and make sure you're only using the relevant ones, probably Start Menu and Program Files.

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY Folk, I can make your icon if you want...
« on: December 21, 2011, 03:49 PM »
Yes, D tracks much better with the cartoon mad scientist measures monkey brain aesthetic...
It's good to see we're both on the same wavelength!  ;)

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY Folk, I can make your icon if you want...
« on: December 21, 2011, 01:16 PM »
Okie dokey...  I'm off to a good start.
or at least somekind of start!
I kept the same goddaweful colors that Microsoft uses, because that's what makes it visually recognizable to our brains.

The idea of "monitoring" or "seeing" suggests a magnifying glass, reading glasses, a ruler, or some other measuring device.  I think magnifying glasses are way over-used in app icons, so I found these examples of calipers on a Google Image search.  Thought I'd replicate one of them and have it measuring the pie chart.  Which do you prefer though? Plain old A, or fancier D?  I sortof like D better, but the icon should be recognizable even at 16x16 pix...  (of course I can always make a different image for low-rez/hi-rez). 

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY Folk, I can make your icon if you want...
« on: December 20, 2011, 03:56 PM »
kyrathabo and mouser,  Thanks for the kind words!

Stoic Joker, GotSpace? looks like a pretty cool utility!  And BTW I've used T-Clock for years !!  :) 
Do you (or anyone) have any thoughts on what visual image corresponds to "ability to view drive space available?"
I imagine it would include a magnifying glass...  Or a ruler(?)   

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 - Pledge & Release: Stick A Note
« on: December 20, 2011, 10:48 AM »
Sounds pretty cool.  I've always been dismayed that these sticky apps are never compatible with Dropbox.  (i.e. in such a way that my notes automatically get synced b/t home and work computers.) 

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / NANY Folk, I can make your icon if you want...
« on: December 18, 2011, 02:16 PM »
I have a few days off for Winter Break, so I'll make (an) icon(s) for someone if they need.  I always want to contribute to the NANYs, but I'm not a programmer.
Here is an example of some icons I made (to be used only with zabkat's xplorer2) (If you're a frequenter there you might notice some faces ;) Also note that some of the images are based on existing icons ) 
I also make one for a fellow here last year...  "NetLaunch" I think.
Not the greatest artwork in the world I know, but folks aren't obligated to use a graphic if it doesn't turn out the way they want.

Find And Run Robot / Pattern scoring Kudos and Questions
« on: December 11, 2011, 11:52 AM »
I've recently discovered the 'Pattern Scoring' capabilities in FARR.  It's made a HUGE difference in the usability of FARR for me.  Extra Kudos, Mouser, for adding the ability to use Modifier Keywords with Pattern Scoring!  I had the problem that there are hundreds of MP3s and Image files all over the place.  Generally, I don't want FARR to find these...  There are tons of them and they clog up the search speed.  So I essentially "turned them off" by making PS rules for score is -99999.  Then made keyword-modified ones to turn them back on.

Very nice!   :Thmbsup:   ;D

Questions though--What is the most efficient way to set up my list of patterns?  
(1) Should the most commonly utilized ones be at the top of the list (in the same way that directories should be)?  Does it even matter with pattern scoring?  Should I have all the keyword-modified rules AFTER the non-modified ones?
(2) I have image files essentially turned off with score is -99999, but I have a keyword "+pic" that makes them +99999.  I couldn't see how to combine these (e.g. Pattern is *.jpg, *.bmp, *.png, *.gif; Score is -99999), instead I had to make separate rules for each file type--all using the same keyword.  Is this the best way to do it?  Or is there a way to combine multiple file types on one rule?  

Many thanks!   :)

Find And Run Robot / Plug-ins not showing...
« on: November 06, 2011, 11:13 AM »
It's probably just an id10t error...   But,  shouldn't these plugins (see pic) show up here (see pic again)?
11-6-2011 9-08-11 AM.jpg

Clipboard Help+Spell / Kudos on the new version...
« on: November 05, 2011, 12:33 PM »
Just wanted to say kudos, Mouser.
I hadn't tinkered with CHS for a couple years.  The latest version is very cool.  Feature-packed without a lot of bloat. 

Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Image capture doesn't work for me
« on: November 05, 2011, 12:28 PM »
I also was having the issue of CHS not "seeing" images that were on the clipboard.  I increased the 'max size' but that didn't help.  Then I assigned a specific folder for the file directory....  Seems to work now. 

I've used apostrophes in the past
The "bar" character seems logical
since (I think) it takes up the least space of any of the character...   

In reality I typically revert to plain old

I also would avoid anything that might get used as script parts. 
   !  $  * 

If you import stuff into Excel, it's good to avoid any math operators
   -  +  =  *  / 

I think Word uses the tilde to denote temporary backups of open docs
but I think it is legal to use in Word doc file names.

Actually, though I'm not a programmer, I think the bar might get used to denote lists
    item one | item two | item three
Which is too bad...  I think they're kindof pretty.   :)

Living Room / Re: Looking at Cameras
« on: July 19, 2011, 02:31 PM »
I'll give my $0.02 (USD)  ;)  even though I can tell from the posts that most of you are more advanced in the subject than I am....  I'm a Fujifilm fan.  I got my first digital camera 6 or 7 years ago.  I chose the FinePix s5000 mostly because of its feature set.  10x Optical, 3 megapixels.  I got it for about $350, which was an okay deal.  I've been real happy with it over the years, but recently the autofocus-assist green light thingy doesn't work and also there seems to be more distortions in the photos.  (Maybe because my helpful nephew took a bunch of pictures of the summer sun for me a while back.)   A year or two ago, my father-in-law gave me a little Olympus T-100 compact.  The pics are not as good as the s5000.  Also, the T-100's power button seems to have broken after a couple months of light use.  Basically, when turned off, the lens doesn’t detract and therefore you can’t put it in your pocket.  I have to take the battery out, and put it back in for it to close.  Anyway…  I’d been looking around for what my replacement will be.  One of the ones I’d had my eye on is the FinePix s4000.  The s4000 came on sale at Costco for $200, so I got it.  It’s pretty nice.  Still trying out the different features…  It is similar to my old s5000.  Has a 30x optical zoom which is nice, even though you practically have to have a tripod to use the full zoom.  14 MP, image stabilization, blink and smile detection.  Macro mode. 
I do have to say, I gave serious thought to investing in a good pocket camera, simply for the reason given by CWuestefeld that a camera isn’t much use if you don’t have it with you…  Ended up with the full-size s4000 because the sale price was pretty good.  I am curious if anyone can comment on the picture quality of a full-size versus a compact of the same price-range.  I noticed some comments above that really small compacts might not be as great.  But for instance what about a $300 full-size verses a $300 compact, of the same mega pixels by the same company???  I do have to say that not having to deal with a lenscap is nice…  Then again, being able to use standard AA batteries is nice too  :)

This Sheena, our other kid.  Spoiled rotten. .... 
Is Sheena an Australian Sheppard?  Here is Lucy, our Aussie.
Hmmm...  Apparently I don't know how to post a pic on this forum..  Oh well..
Anyway, Lucy was saved from the pound.  Also a spoiled rotten daughter.   :)

A word of warning: can be addictive.

Man that IS addictive...  Like smoking CRACKed!

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: NetLaunch
« on: January 10, 2011, 04:09 PM »
Hey Kamahl,  It turned out great!  I'm glad somebody made you a screencast.  I was thinking about it, but won't be able to.
I cleaned up that gif a little.  Will attach to this post.  The actual file is from DrawPlusX4, wich is proprietary, but if you want I can export is as some type of cad file...   That's all--take care.

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