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I remember seeing this when Win7 first came out.  In fact, I used it once to help a friend.  But I lost it  :( >:(.

There's a way to install a lower version of Windows from an Ultimate CD.  Actually, the tip worked both ways.  Basic premise was to copy the CD files to a hard drive, modify one (1) particular file, then create an ISO on a new CD and run the install.  Of course, the proper key is required for the version you are installing.

My sailing friend headed out to see his SO this evening.  He took along my Ultimate CDs, 32-bit and 64-bit.  His lady's laptop locked up on her, and he couldn't cure it over the phone (she's somewhat less than technically patient  ;)).  He created a recovery disc when they bought her laptop, but may not be able to find it.  And those recovery discs don't always work as advertised - I've had two (2) that failed, and have heard of others.  So I loaned him the CDs I bought, with the understanding that he'd use the key on her laptop. 

But I think he'll need to do the correction thing in order for them to work.  I've mentioned before that my short-term memory - say five (5) to ten (10) years - ain't what it used to be, and it's failing me now in finding the aforementioned instruction  :mad:.

So the question is, does anyone have a link to that instruction, or perhaps know how to accomplish the kinda/sorta downgrade?

Folk, my sailor is thinking about implementing a sailing forum.  Ouch :'(!

Last forum software I implemented was phpBB(?) several years ago.  I do not recall that being a particularly pleasant experience  :o, although the unpleasantness may have been due to the commissioner, not the software.

So, what would you suggest for such a task?  Needs to be low maintenance, novice friendly, reasonably (?!?) capable.  I'll be installing it, but an office admin will be doing day-to-day maintenance as required.

(Personally, I like the look of this forum ( :Thmbsup:), but I've gathered (incorrectly?) that it is relatively high maintenance.)

Seems as though I saw reference to such a while back.  Thought it was here, but haven't found it  :(.

I'm looking for an application or script that will identify all unused  :o pages on a Website.  Something like a reverse site map  :-\.  This could be done with a site map, I suppose, but it would be a very time-consuming process, I fear  :huh:.

Any of you folk know of such?  Or, perhaps, a reasonably speedy method to accomplish that end?

Ok, folk, I'm not certain this one exists, but I'll ask, just in case.

I'm using several duplicated software items on each machine.  These are mostly [PIM] databases and note-taking apps.  I need a way to keep them concurrent on each machine.  Right now, I use Syncless to replicate changes to a different data folder and to a USB key.  That works well for one (1) machine. 

However, when I'm using the same software on two (2) or more machines ... let's take MyInfo as an example.

MyInfo creates .mio files, with .mib backups.  The process mentioned works well.  But when I'm actively using MyInfo on two (2) or more machines, I need a way to merge the different files so that all data, from each machine, is preserved.

Let's say I've added a new article on machine A, and copied several Web pages on machine B.  On both machines, this was copied to daily.mio.  Now I need a way to merge the two (2) daily.mio files so that the resultant daily.mio contains all the data from both machines.  Might be able to do it with WinMerge, but this needs to be an automated process.  What I need is a kind of cross between WinMerge and Syncless.  Dunno that I've ever seen such a beastie.

Any ideas?

No, creating a separate file for each machine is impractical.,, and daily.gw2.mio could be created, but each would have to be loaded and updated on each machine - a maintenance nightmare I'd prefer not to encounter- but a bigger downside would be that now I'd have to search three (3) files for information that should ideally be contained in one (1).  In addition, I'd have to triple the MyInfo file loading on each machine, which would end up being a resource dilemma.

I looked at SyncBackSE, but I don't thimk it'll do this on a file level any more than Syncless does.  Syncless does directories, and while it's a bit more flexible, SyncBackSE does the same.  None of the backup software to which I have access seems to cover this, either.

What would be the first thing(s) you load on a new system?

Just got a new laptop, a Toshiba Satellite, Intel i7 CPU, Nvidia GT540M GPU, 6G RAM, ~700G HD.  While I need to get it active, I'm not in a time crunch - an unusual situation for me  ;D.

Since time is not hypercritical this time around, I intend to plan my initial installs.  That got me to wondering what others consider essential for system initialization.  (I will disable UAC.  Single user, allegedly knowledgeable, I just don't feel a need for it, although I could be persuaded otherwise.)  I'll partition the drive, make ~200-250 G C:\ for the OS, the rest for an E:\ data drive.

My initial load will be
  • Comodo & Revo install trackers
  • CintaNotes (for quick tagable notes)
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Apache
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Comodo firewall (maybe, haven't decided yet  :-\)
  • Libre Office (don't use it much, but need to have it handy)
  • Karen Kenworthy's Directory Printer  :up:
  • Swift To-Do List
  • All My Notes (mostly for some history notes and for avoidance of past foibles)
  • Syncless
  • RollBackRX (adjunct to system restore points

Other stuff will come to mind, but that's my initial list.  I haven't decided whether to install imaging/backup software, since recent experience has show. me a certain futility in that venue.  I'm also uncertain as to graphics software:  needs to be something vector capable.

As mentioned, though, I'm curious what you would consider an initial load?  Maybe you can cure me of some bad habits  :tellme:?

Meant to ask what you use for a software kvm.  I was not particularly happy with MaxiVista, had a bit of trouble getting Synergy+ to work, so I've been using Input Director - it works, kinda, sorta.  Maybe I need to go back and hammer on Synergy+?  Or is there something else out there that I've just not seen?

It’s an awesome little get together that always spawns innovative and original creations.

That's what the article author said while mentioning three (3) favourite apps.  Anyone feeling a bit of ego massage  :P?


During a [somewhat drunken] discussion last night, the topic of synchronization software reared its head and hissed at us.

So, I thought I'd inquire here as to what y'all consider to be best of breed.

Reason for the conversation was that a friend of mine has a sailing school, and he's looking for something other than a backup software, something that'll give him immediate recovery potential for day-to-day mistakes.

I use Syncless - in my startup group - on a daily basis for a number of note/history files, and I've used SyncToy, SyncbackSE, GoodSync, Sync Butler from time to time, but I'd like to be able to recommend to him some software or combination based on a bit more than my personal usages.

There's been reference here to such software, but kinda dated.

So, do you use synchronization software?  If so, what?  And why?

Oh, yeah, Windows systems, Win7 for me, combination of Win7 and WinXP for him.  One (1) non-networked box (for security reasons) and one (1) Sony laptop that'll talk to the world.

General Software Discussion / In search of ... a Gateway cure ...
« on: March 31, 2012, 10:17 PM »
OK, I really don't know how else to entitle this.

The Dell i7 laptop is effectively dead.  I have a Gateway 15.6" laptop with an Intel i3 which has been a functional backup system.  However, I've been spoiled to the 17.3" screens.  Heavy, but the visual real estate has become crucial to mine eyes  :o.

So, I let myself be seduced by the price of a Gateway 17.3" laptop.  It has an AMD 4-core processor, the first non-Intel box I've ever had, I think.

Problem is, I cannot run it for more than eight (8) hours, often less.  The system quits working.  It tells me it's out of system resources.  Or it tell me there's no thread available (?!?).  I have to power off with the hardware switch.  What's more, now the 15.6" box has the same problem!  The contagion made me think of course, of malware, but every tool I have says that's not an issue.  Problematic, at best, but I'm reasonably reassured  :-\ this is not a malware problem.

OK, that's the background.  What I want to find is some analytic(s) that will tell me where there is a resource shortage.  Typically, CPU will be less than 35-40% usage, memory normally 60% or less usage.  Task Manager, Process Manager, et. al., don't tell me anything worthwhile.  So, is there anything other than serendipity that can tell me what's going on?  (Oh, pardon the typos - I dislocated & separated my right shoulder a week agone, so my typing skills are somewhat ailing  :'(.)

If it matters, there's very little similarity in software loads on the two (2) boxes.  some sidebar apps and a few note apps are all they have in common, save for the Gateway software.  Both running Win7 Ultimate.  The Intel CPU is i3 M 330 2.16GHz, the AMD is A6-3420M.  Both have 4G RAM.  The Intel box has an Intel video driver, and the AMD box has a Radeon  HD 6520G.

OK, nothing serious.  Just a minor complaint.  I don't mind making donations for software I use - been doing it for years in several venues - but I like to see acknowledgement that those donations were received.  (That's not an accusation.)

Let's say I make a donation to epluribus.  I specify the amount, click all the right buttons, and the donation is acknowledged as being upon its way.  Hey, all to the good, right?

Except ...

There's no system acknowledgement that the donation was received.

Yeah, there's usually an acknowledgement by the recipient.  But maybe the recipient is on a two (2) week vacation, or perhaps super busy with some project, or maybe just doesn't like me and want to talk to me.

But, while there's a system acknowledgement that a donation was sent, there's no system acknowledgement (that I've seen, anyway) that the donee received the donation.

Is that something that might be worth a few brain cells, or am I just insecure/ignorant?


If you've been following mouser's hard drive crash thread, you'll know the whys and wherefores of some of this.  If not, I'll try to be clear.

I've just transferred from a Dell laptop to a Gateway/Acer.  Went from an Intel Core i7 to an i3.  Same RAM (4G), same OS (Win7 Ultimate 64-bit).

But in the process of moving stuff from the Dell, I seem to have hosed the Gateway/Acer.  I cannot load anything from the onboard server (Apache 2.2) via localhost,, or win74ggw (hostname).  Always the message that the connection was reset.  And I have questionable connectivity to MySQL (v5.x):  SQLYog connects, but Database WorkBench v4.x says it's not allowed.  I've totally disabled UAC - which I don't like to do - but I still have issues.  Since most everything I do Web-wise involves a database, that may be why the Web pages don't work - one of the first includes is a database connection script.  Oh, yeah, I'm also getting BSODs involving memory management.


First off, I'd like a recommendation for a reasonably decent memory test proggy in order to help isolate the BSOD cause.  I don't think it's RAM, but no sense in skipping what could be a vital test.  Then I'd like to get some recommendations on tools to discern the database connectivity and Web reset  faults.

The last time I was directly involved in IT was 2000-2001 (retirement has its benefits  :-*), so my toolkit is woefully out of date as, apparently, is my skill set  :'(.

This is kinda embarrassing  :-[:  I'm the go-to guy for a number of local folk for both hardware and software  :-[ :-[.

Yes, I know I could prolly find all this via search.  But this has already cost me a calendar week, and I have deadlines.  Besides, I don't know of any search engine that could replicate the knowledge and experience that resides here  :-* :-*.


I've been checking this, as time has allowed, for coupla-two-t'ree days.  And having no luck.

This is a calendar my friend is using for his sailing training site.
[Uh-oh.  I'm too stupid to figure out how to attach the image  :-[.]

OK, so, no image.  It's basically a table laid out in week/day format.  It shows day of month and class name, with different classes in different colors.  Most of these classes are multi-day, so the color helps to separate and group them.  You can see an example here.

I've recently discovered that he is doing significant work by creating these calendars in HomeSite (his preferred IDE)  :o.  This should not be a major effort for him  ;).  So what I'm trying to do is to find a generator that will allow him to maintain - as closely as possible - this style of calendar w/o having to directly edit the page code.  And I really don't want - don't have time! - to write it myself.

I've found too many generators  :'(.  So, while I'm testing these suckers one (1) by one (1), I thought to ask here if anyone knows of something kinda, sorta relevant.  It could be a standalone, installable application (as long as it produces Web code) or it could be a script that I could incorporate into his site (not publicly available, of course).  The site is basically PHP with HTML inserts, so anything producing that kind of output should be fairly easy to implement - I hope  :P.  (I'd also like to provide links from the calendar to specific class enrollment pages, but that's not a primary concern at this point.)

I'm about to hook a Dell Vostro 3700 to a ViDock with an ATI card, a Radeon HD 5770, which will allow me to drive three (3) monitors.  A preliminary read of the setup tells me to disable the video on the laptop.  However, at times this laptop really functions as a laptop, i.e., it goes places  :), and then I want the best video I can get on it.

I've been looking for some program that will let me easily toggle the graphics configuration according to whether the box is being used on the desktop or is in travel mode.  If memory serves, this was a problem a number of years ago when I had an enhanced video card in a docking station.  (That box was either Win98SE or [probably] Win2K.  This one is Win7 Ultimate, 64-bit, but I misdoubt it will be any easier  :-\.)  There was ~five (5) minutes spent reconfiguring every time I undocked or redocked.

I've been searching for something that will hold both video configs and let me toggle them according to current usage, but with no success to date.  Learned long time ago that I'm not unique  :(, so I can't be the only laptop user with this problem/need, but I cannot find another one  :'(.  Hence, I'm turning to my court of last resort  :-*.

Anyone here have any ideas?

Picked up a D-Link DCS-930L wireless Internet capable camera a few weeks ago.  Just spent an hour trying to install it.  The only method that apparently will work requires a registration with D-Link's MyLink service.  I have no desire to access this camera via the Web  :down:.  I have no desire to subscribe to a D-Link service - or anyone else's, for that matter  :down:, on order to get the camera to work.

I'm certain there's nothing wrong with the camera  :huh:.  I'm equally certain, some personal reservations aside, that the D-Link service is OK  :huh:.  But I don't have time to mess with a piece of hardware that tries to dictate my actions before it's even fully installed  >:(!  OK, if time were not my enemy, I could prolly bypass this, but ...

So ...

Anyone want a camera  :-\?  PM me with an address, first response gets it.  I'll ship it to ya within a day or two (2).  No cost, not even postage.  I don't wanna throw it away  :-\, but I'm sure as Hell's back yard is hot not gonna keep it  ;).  It simply does not fit my standards for hardware  :mad:.

General Software Discussion / In search of ... A/V converter
« on: December 23, 2011, 08:39 PM »
There are several threads extant on this subject, but none recent for what I thimk  :-\ I need  ;).

On this thread I talked about hardware for converting VHS to DVD.  That is finally in process, and I should be able to report in a week or so.

However, this is a bit different.  I need opinions on software - preferably free, 'cause I won't be the only one using it, there's a tightwad involved  :P - that will convert anything to anything, or at least close to that.  I just tried Any Video Converter, but it keeps choking:  any time I attempt to load a file for subsequent conversion, I get a runtime error, request to terminate in an unusual way.  There's a query with the source site as to what I might do, but I've no idea how quickly - or if  :huh: - they'll respond, and I'm in somewhat of a time crunch.

At the moment, I need to convert a .wmv file, prolly to .mp4, for embedding on a Web site.  There'll be two (2) conversions:
  • a full clip to be played at user discretion
  • two (2) short segments of that clip to be looped on the home page.
The full clip will have sound, controls, all the normal bells and whistles.  The looping segments will be silent, no controls.

Oh, yeah, it would be nice to be able to control the sound format as well.  This'll be done in HTML5 with a degrade, as yet undecided but prolly .swf, for browsers that don't understand HTML5.

I've never done anything of this nature before, so I'm running blind.  Any opinions/suggestions on conversion software? 

Living Room / In search of ... router recommendations
« on: December 18, 2011, 09:02 PM »

Just got back home after way too much time on the road.  One of the problems I encountered in transit was inability to access my home system via VPN - or any other method, for that matter.

When I got back, I reset the router - unplug, wait fifteen seconds, replug - and all seems well.  But this is getting to be a regular event - the router, I mean, not the road trip  :).  It's happening four (4)-five (5) times a month, seemingly on an upward curve  :'(.

'Twould seem advantageous to replace the router, a LinkSys (Cisco) WRT-400n dual-band unit with both bands always active.  Since the router is less than a year old, I'm not too confident of my router-picking abilities.

So I'm soliciting opinions on the various pieces of hardware on the market.  I'd like to maintain the 2.4/5 G capability, if possible.  Don't wanna spend too big a bundle, but price won't be the primary deciding factor.  I'm on a cable modem, and I suspect there is dirty cable input from things that have shown on the TVs.  I also may have dirty AC, but that'll soon be alleviated with another UPS.  Oh, yeah, at least four (4) RJ45 connections, and wireless a must.

Any thoughts ... or experiences?


Just got back after too much time on the road and before I could even unpack I got hit with this  :huh:.
An acquaintance - former client - that I help from time to time has recently discovered overlib.js/overlibmws.js.  He is totally enamored.  He wants to use it.  He is a dor - well-l-l, he's not whatcha call geeky, ya know? - and I don't have time right now to devote to him - too many tapes to convert  ;)  :-*.

So I told him I'd try to find something he could use to help him.  Coupla quick searches have not revealed anything like a GUI, nor could I spot a real tutorial - what's on the source pages is well beyond his level of coding agility (not misspelled ;D), i.e., understanding   :P.

So ...

Anyone here know of any such?  Or, perhaps, a different library that can accomplish the same basics with a bit simpler syntax?


I need/would like to take an existing .jpg and convert it to a favicon.ico.  I've tried this all afternoon, with no success whatsoever.

The last two (2) things I tried were a Firefox add-on, image2icon and a Web site,, both to no return.  I've tried every Website/service I could find for this conversion.  I have Axialis' Icon Workshop.  All of these things purport to perform the conversion I desire.  They don't - or, at least, they haven't.

So, anyone with a pregnant idea?  One that might give birth to a working product?

No, I cannot create the damned thing myself ... when it comes to visual design, anyone else with just one (1) eye is likely to outperform me.  I stink at endeavors artistic.


Way back in the Win98/Win98SE days, we had a TSR that did naught but record every bit of software, specified in a list, that was downloaded to a particular machine.  Basically, I could go to any given machine in my group and see just what had been downloaded in a given time period.  (The track record was stored on a network drive, so I didn't have to physically visit the machine in question.)

I would like to set something like that working on my home system.  I'd like to be able to pull up a [specified] catalog of everything that was downloaded, organizable by date/time or alphabetically.  This would pretty much be driven by a list of file extensions to record, e.g., .swf, .exe, .jpg, .dll, and the like.  Then the software would record date, time, file name, file extension, size, download origin, perhaps what triggered the download.

My searches have turned up a number of scripts to record downloads from a Website or vendor, as well as a few that were ISP specific for monitoring overall bandwidth usage - basically from recorders.  However, I cannot seem to find anything that will record downloads to a machine other than a few download managers.  (Thought of using a sniffer, something like Snort, but don't think that would work - too much irrelevant traffic.)

Example:  Adobe, in particular, likes to pull stuff down, then tell me it's available.  'Nother example:  Win pulls down updates, then tells me they're available.

There are a few other applications that do much the same thing.  I want to be able to go to the historical record to see when these downloads were accomplished.  It would help immensely with some troubleshooting.

Anyone have any references for something of this nature?

Firmware... If it Isn't Broken, Should You Fix it?

Wondering how the DC community feels on this matter, whether there is an sort of consensus?  As Mike remarks in the article, this tends to be a polarizing issue, with very few middle-of-the-roaders.

What's your take on firmware updates?  I can see regular driver updates, but firmware updates can be kinda chancy, at least in my direct experiences.  I've had more than one piece of hardware converted to paperweight status because of a failed or interrupted firmware changes, but that could be just me  :-\ ;D.  I have been able to revert an update on a couple of occasions, but for the most part that was not a viable, or even an available, option.


I just picked up a 55" LG.  It has 3D capability, wireless Internet access, Web apps ... you know, all those little goodies that I prolly didn't need in the first place.  Been planning and saving for this for a while.  Didn't really want 55", but everything that was available to me went from 47" to 55", no in between <sigh />  :D.

OK, so I got the box.  As it happens, I have a number of VHS movies that I'd really like to be able to see on this screen  :huh:.  Haven't been in a rush to do anything about conversion, since I still have a VHS/DVD box, which is connected to a smaller screen.  Unfortunately, there's not a really convenient way to plug that box into the new screen  :o.  So now I have a valid reason - and a certain impetus <chortle /> - to start converting those VHS tapes to some sort of DVD medium.  (Baby Daughter would like to see them on the new screen, and I like to keep Baby Daughter happy  :-*.)

There are a number of converters available, but I'd like to hear from folk that have actually used one (1) or more of 'em.  Somehow, I have little trust for so-called review sites, as I seldom know which [reviews] are honest and which are house shills  :-\.  (Hey, it could be worse - I could have all Beta-Max <snicker />  :P.)

So, once again, I'm falling back to the folk I can reasonably trust for opinions and, hopefully, some first hand experience  :Thmbsup:.  Anybody with any experience in this arena  :tellme:?

Oh, yeah ... as a side issue, but less important at the moment, any thoughts on Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Vudu vs. whatever?  (I was a Netflix CD subscriber about a decade ago, but have no experience with the streaming products.)  I currently have a stated 8Mb pipe, but could upgrade to a [max] 12Mb pipe if need be for this purpose  :-\.

Living Room / Windows on 2nd screen won't stay at top of screen ...
« on: October 22, 2011, 01:56 PM »

This is a new one on me.  Running a laptop with a 2nd monitor attached.  Laptop set to 1600x900, 2nd screen set to 1920x1200.  This has been working for at least a year with no problems.  Suddenly, today, every window on the 2nd screen gets pushed down about one (1) quarter of the screen.  It's not resized, just pushed down.

I had installed two (2) programs today, Zentimo and Chameleon Startup Manager, no other changes.  Also, this started after I'd visited a site,  Although I don't think that had anything to do with the situation, sometimes a site will resize/reposition the browser - drives me crazy  :mad: - so I'm adding that to the mix.

I've de-installed Zentimo and Chameleon - Zentimo won't be back, but I'd like to keep Chameleon - and rebooted, but the problem with the 2nd screen remains. 

Neither the Windows Control Panel nor the nVidia control panel (card is a 330M, I thimk) have provided any help.  System is Win7 Ultimate 64-bit, machine is a Dell Vostro 1700 with Intel i7 CPU, 400 GB RAM.

I can't find anything with search, but then I'm not really certain what search terms to use  :-\.

Anyone have any idea(s) on this at all?  (Oh, yeah, system restore accomplished nothing except I'll prolly have to reinstall some stuff.)


Due to certain external power problems - suffice it to say that I cannot use language here to adequately describe the situation  >:( - I'm in the throes [up] of moving data  :(.  I have a couple of Fantom Green Drive USB drives, one (1) TB and two (2) TB.  The two (2) TB disk, according to Hard Disk Sentinel has over 200 bad sectors - 271 at last count, but the count is climbing  :o.  So I'm attempting to move data from the two (2) TB drive to the one (1) TB drive, which has a clean bill of health.  (Yes, there is enough room  ;).)  I'm down to two (2) directories, one of which has a number of .flv files I'd like to be able to keep.

I cannot move them.  Regardless what I try, I'm continually told that I don't have permissions to do so.  I cannot even copy 'em  :tellme:.  I've tried the standard methods - Win7 Ultimate, 64-bit - as well as a few I found on DC, but I simply cannot gain authority to move those files.  Searches on the problem have yielded nothing of benefit.

So I'm turning to my ultimate resolution source, the members of Donation Coder.  Halp!.

Just ran across this ... don't even remember how I found it ... seem to recall a few threads here on the subject, so I thought it might be of interest.  (I'm kinda partial to gbCodeLibn, but still haven't made a hard decide  ;).)


I just got a request for CAD software referrals.  Last CAD I used was Generic CAD, ~twelve-fifteen years ago.  It's not free anymore  :(.

A Google search brought up more links than I wanna thimk about :o!

So, is anyone here using any of the current CAD offerings?  "Free would be best, but a low-end stipend would not be unreasonable." (Her terminology, not mine  :).)  Doesn't need to be an AutoCad clone, just something that will suffice for homemade furniture, room diagrams & the like.  She's pretty meticulous, has a better selection of woodworking tools than I'd even think of having - and knows how to use 'em well! - along with minimal metal working stuff.  ('Nother words, she's a better builder than I ever thought of being.)  However, she's tired of drawing stuff out on the kitchen table, and asked me for recommendations.  As mentioned, my last CAD endeavors were over a decade ago, and that software is now kinda pricey.

So, is anyone here using anything they could recommend for a 1st-class builder with medium computer skills?
(Vector would be best - some of what I saw was raster  :o>.)


I was over at Addictive Tips and Ghacks earlier today.  Both had entries on passwords.

Has anyone ever seen a universal password retrieval/reset system?  I remember one (1) when Win98 was extant that seemed to work pretty well, but it went the way of the dodo.  Don't think it even worked with Win98SE, but uncertain in that respect.  It certainly couldn't deal with NT.

It's not an overweening need, but strikes me it'd be awfully handy.  There are retrievers for Office and for specific Windows versions that dig out the activation key(s) and the authorization key(s), but they tend to be pretty version specific.  Surprisingly - to me, anyway - there's not a generic tool to find or reset such things in Windows.  Not just the MS products, but all products.  For instance, what if you needed to find the registration data for, say, Acronis True Image, or perhaps for an Easus product ... maybe even for some shareware product.

Yeah, the algorithms for such a beast would be tough  :tellme:.  And many  :o.  But it still surprises me that there's nothing extant in the field.  Or have I missed something?

What's your favourite retrieval system?

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