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General Software Discussion / Re: Any better Clipboard program.
« on: December 21, 2010, 11:46 AM »
Clipboard Help+Spell

 :-[ In all the time here I have never tried Mouser's own program! But now I have!  :Thmbsup:

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General Software Discussion / Re: Any better Clipboard program.
« on: December 21, 2010, 10:33 AM »
There's also AceText - made by the same person that makes EditPAd Pro. Again, this may be a bit of an overkill as it is a little like ClipMate.

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Anyone know an easy (and multi browser) desktop app that allows import of Robofrom and works entirely on the PC?

I agree that lastpass is a bit buggy in places - still purchased the premium package on a whim ($12, and then you get to use a USB 'key' that adds in a layer of security) in an effort to find an alternative to Roboform. I mentioned earlier that Password Depot is quite decent (though not perfect) as a desktop app. I don't know if it imports Roboform passwords though it says it imports .csv and .xml (never tried).

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Living Room / Re: Need a New Mouse
« on: December 20, 2010, 07:15 AM »
I am using this Sidewinder Mouse (only because it was given to me) but it is a bit big for my hands. It's not bad though I find the scroll wheel a bit 'clunky'.Before that I had a Logitech Wireless Trackman Explorer (trackball) that I loved to bits but the wireless signal kept dropping out.


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Living Room / Re: Great Britain is frozen!
« on: December 20, 2010, 07:05 AM »
Aw crap. My drains froze today (it is -8C) which meant that the out-flow from the washing machine had no where to go out to... so it all came in instead. All over the kitchen floor :(

Had to wash the dishes in the bath too.

My bath outflow has frozen as well :(

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For what it's worth I have been using RoboForm for a couple of years alongside Password Depot (app-based). I'm ready to dump RoboForm now, partly because of the upgrade cost. Returning to Password Depot (been using it for several years) which allows you to set up a USB installation as well. Works differently to Roboform - doesn't embed itself into the browser but instead works as a kind of ribbon that you can autohide if you want.

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 :D Thank you for this - only found it today. Works like a dream!

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General Software Discussion / Re: Send some info of your PC!
« on: September 22, 2008, 01:01 PM »
Here's mine...

OS: Windows Vista Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 6001)

Mobo: Gigabyte TP35-DS4

CPU: 2.40 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

Memory: 8190 Megabytes Installed Memory

Fan: Yes - there is one, I think

Power Supply - Lead going to plug in the wall


Drives: 1472.25 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
689.71 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

OG9125U TMF476K SCSI CdRom Device [CD-ROM drive]
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7170S ATA Device [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Kingston DataTraveler U3 USB Device [Hard drive] (1.02 GB) -- drive 3
Maxtor OneTouch USB Device [Hard drive] (750.15 GB) -- drive 4
Maxtor OneTouch USB Device [Hard drive] (81.96 GB) -- drive 2
ST3320620AS [Hard drive] (320.07 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 5QF56380, rev 3.AAK, SMART Status: Healthy
ST3320620AS ATA Device [Hard drive] (320.07 GB) -- drive 1

Graphics: Radeon X1950 Pro [Display adapter]
Graphics: Radeon X1950 Pro Secondary [Display adapter]

Monitors:
Mitsubishi DPLUS93SB [Monitor] (18.0"vis, s/n 3300180YB, February 2003)
Mitsubishi DPLUS93SB [Monitor] (18.0"vis, s/n 3300180YB, February 2003)
Samsung SyncMaster [Monitor] (23.0"vis, s/n H9XPC07376, December 2007)

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Living Room / Re: Vista suffering from FUD?
« on: September 05, 2008, 12:39 PM »
Honestly, I've been running Vista64 for quite some time now, and I haven't had any of the multiple problems I've seen reported everywhere with XP64

Absolutely. Same here!

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Found Deals and Discounts / Re: GemX Crazy Summer Specials
« on: June 22, 2008, 04:19 AM »
All the info in the old forum seems to have disappeared, so I was wondering if anyone can say whether the program is made unstable by the bugs or whether there is anywhere better to look for info.

Hello Dormouse,

I was originally fairly active on the GemX forum before it was closed. Have to say I don't use Do-Organizer now. To my knowledge the program was not actually unstable due to bugs although at one time there were a few very strange bugs that were allowed to drift for a long time without being fixed. One that I reported involved a so-called lock feature on notes that, when used used in a certain way, was not at all secure and revealed half the note that was supposed to be secure.

This rendered the product useless for me as I needed a secure notes feature for laptop and travelling. Not sure whether this was ever fixed.

My guess is that if the product works for you 'as is' and you are not waiting for significant updates then go for it!



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 ;D :D :-* Welcome Back!!! Missed everyone!!


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Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: February 21, 2008, 07:58 AM »
The anti-theft precautions in children's toys piss me off like nothing else.  I buy my son something small -- a little 4 dollar toy -- and I'm doomed to spend five to ten minutes trying to untangle and remove all the wires holding the thing in place.  Or, worse yet, the toys that have *screws* anchoring them into the package, in addition to the wires.  Or my favorite -- screws, wire's AND plastic casing that requires a sharp knife to penetrate. Of course, in the car, my son wants it open . . . but, of course, you need a damned toolbox just to get the toy out.

Totally agree - but it isn't just children's toys; it's just about anything these days. The level of ingenuity  required to open some packaging makes me wonder whether manufacturers are in league with the goverment to design devious 'in-the-home' intelligence testing - we are then all secretly rated on how long it takes us to open the refill for the air freshener!

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General Software Discussion / Vista 64-bit - Service Pack 1 Arrived!
« on: February 21, 2008, 07:41 AM »
Out of the blue it arrived 45 minutes ago - Vista Service Pack 1, via windows automatic update. Entire installation process took ... well... 45 minutes.

I didn't think SP1 was due until early-mid March via automatic updates? Still, it's here! Have to say I was dreading it's arrival a little bit due to some of the pre-warnings about driver conflicts etc and past experiences with Windows Service Packs returning many settings to their default 'factory' settings. But, no, as far as I can tell the Service Pack has left things as they were - right down to my daily warning that "User Account Control is switched off"  :-\

There we go! I have to say again that while I continue to run XP on certain systems my experience with Vista 64 continues to be warm and loving!! For me it just works, despite my fiddling and tweaking.  :up:

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A beta for Helium MM 2008 was released on Feb. 11 - have you tried it, Beth?

Yes I saw that and I've been trying to avoid it - I suffer from beta addiction and am trying to break the habit! :-\ Maybe you should try it Darwin (addiction by proxy!)?

Thing is that the world of music managers changed for me once ipods arrived - because only iTunes ever seems to reliably (ish) work with ipod synching, yet iTunes as a music manager is completely inadequate. As good as Media Monkey is I have only ever encountered problems when using it to manage an iPod (although it does have that ability).

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I agree that MM is a fantastic music manager - I've been using it for as long as I can remember. It doesn't seem to like the latest Last.FM plugin (it uses the WinAmp one I think) but the MM fans on Last.FM have made the old one available anyway which works just fine.

I actually think the music manager that was nearly the most exciting yet is Helium by Intermedia Software. http://www.helium-music-manager.com To my mind Helium has always been 'on the verge' of greatness but never quite gotten there - it does have some fantastic catalogue features and also superb tagging ... but it has never quite reached it's potential and has been prone to the odd bug or two.

It would be a useful project maybe to do a comparison of the two - if someone had the time (I don't right now)?

I own copies of both ... but MM is my current fav! :-*


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General Software Discussion / Re: Maybe Vista doesn't suck?
« on: November 09, 2007, 11:24 AM »
The reason people most like dislike Vista is that it doesn't work well rather than not having more features than XP.

I really punish systems by the amount of 'tweaking' I do and I have yet to find a problem with Vista. Vista works well for me.

Zaine said:
Quad-core screams on Linux, but suddenly crawls on Vista x64. I could go on all day, but that kind of crap really makes me mad.

I have used both. My Quad Core 'screams' on Vista 64-bit - not literally because that would be quite disturbing!  8)

I have not experienced DRM issues either. I have not even experienced 'driver' problems (unlike XP which initially caused huge problems).

iTunes on Vista 64-bit is a really annoying - but that is an iTunes issue as I see it and not a Vista thing.

I have machines with linux, XP, Vista, Vista 64 My daughter (10) evens uses an old tablet PC with Windows 98 on it for 'experimenting' (so she says).

Every operating system has its issues but I wonder sometimes if people get into this 'let's hate it' mentality that sometimes obscures reality.

When it comes to Microsoft pricing policies - well, yes, I would like to see changes there.



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General Software Discussion / Re: Perfect Software?
« on: November 08, 2007, 10:07 AM »
Perfect is boring

MS understood that a long time ago.  :)

Yes! The thrill of a system crash adds variety and flair to the computing experience! :D

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Living Room / Computing. A Goal in itself, or a means to an end?
« on: November 08, 2007, 09:09 AM »
I am curious as to how many people here at DonationCoder view computing as a 'goal in itself' or a 'means to an end'? Do you have a fascination with the 'act' of computing, or with reaching a goal 'using a computer'.

I think when I first started using computers (ahem... Atari 1040st  :-[) I used to be fascinated with what could be done, even if I didn't actually want or need to do it! It was just that it 'could' be done. I would sit in awe and think ...'wow, that's amazing'.

Now I have less time available, and also, sometimes, a diminished curiosity in 'what' a computer can do because I know what I 'have' to get done. I used to be an avid downloader of software just to see what it did. Now, I tend to restrict myself to what I need. The initial rush of the frontier days of computing has been replaced by a more utilitarian approach.

How about you? Do you still have that 'frontier feeling' when you use a computer?

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General Software Discussion / Re: Perfect Software?
« on: November 07, 2007, 11:08 AM »
This is another good thread!

I have yet to see an adequate description of the term 'bloat' and wonder if, in reality, it is one of those semi-abusive terms we throw at software developers when something doesn't work? Nero is often attacked with the word 'bloated' yet some people swear  it is the best burning software ever.

The concept of 'perfect' is an interesting one too because you could argue that 'perfection' is a destination never reached. We can only approximate 'perfection'.

I guess we could say that the concept of a triangle is perfect - especially if we consider the tautological statement (true in itself) that a triangle has three sides. Well, yes - it must absolutely have three sides to be a triangle, and in having three sides can only 'be' a triangle. It can be nothing else, and therefore might be said to be 'perfect'? But in reality (outside of the concept) no true triangles can exist 'perfectly' because of the imperfection in construction and can possibly only meet the requirements of 'triangular'.  8) - I have had too much coffee today!!

app103 - your description of the development of the clock software is interesting because IF the goal was to meet YOUR requirements then the resulting clock failed to meet the 'perfection' of your design brief. Also, as the measurement of time itself is fundamentally flawed you could say the clock (as a mechanism to measure time) is fundamentally flawed and could never be perfect anyway. So your friend would need to say how exactly it is perfect. Without knowing his 'criteria' of perfection we cannot accept it as perfect in any way? Also, if the clock was perfect there would be no possibility of bugs ever existing - so in saying he would fix a bug isn't he accepting the possibility of the clock being less than perfect?

I don't think the visual design of software can ever be described as 'perfect' - only popular or unpopular. Lines of code can be 'perfect' if they subscribe to all the rules and are free of errors. But then again, code may be flawed within it own logic and therefore can never be perfect.

I think we can maybe talk about software that is 'good enough' for the task in hand in that it is useful for most people, most of the time. For someone it will NOT be good enough (that is almost certain), and can therefore not be described as perfect.

I think if we began to look for a 'perfect' definition of 'bloated' (the opposite of perfect software) we would find it impossible to agree. Likewise, maybe, the idea of 'perfect' software is purely conceptual, and not obtainable in real life.




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General Software Discussion / Re: GemX - missing in action
« on: October 21, 2007, 02:56 PM »
The passion of users around ECCO and DO as organizers is pretty remarkable. 

It is quite remarkable - but I guess the scope and depth of software like Ecco or DO means that people 'embed' more of themselves into it. DO contains a journal, notes, reminders, contacts, email and many other products of our daily lives. Users put more of themselves into this software in very real ways, trusting its security and longevity. It becomes a 'virtual' container for organization and lifestyle, and may explain the depth of emotional attachment. The more you put in, the harder it becomes to -re-attach to something else (another program). So, in trusting so much personal information to a single piece of software you are also forming a trust relationship with the developers also - a relationship which, if it goes sour, can create feelings almost touching on rejection.

End hypothesis...  8)


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I like what they are doing and the +Plus additions are useful. I just threw $19.95 at them for a lifetime license.  :Thmbsup:

Tinjaw, I am thinking of also purchasing the + version. Could you say which of the extra features you consider to be most useful?


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I was curious as well! -
which capabilities of Qimage you use a lot/most,  and/or
what other programmes you might use in conjunction with it,
e.g. re noise reduction -
I know it's not so big a theme as it used to be, but do you use the noise reduction filters etc
of course then there all the editing capabilities..

I'm still using Photoshop 5.5 (+ plugins) [but it works well!] & I have my workflow-routine
so probably I'll be slow to edit colour/levels/etc in Qimage

With the evolution of Photoshop and various noise reduction plug-ins I probably don't use Qimage as much as I used to though I always have it installed. Additionally, many of my prints are now 30" or more and so I have to use professional printing services. Qimage is pretty useful for contact or proof sheets where I want to have a good deal of control over the print quality to a locally connected printer.

veering slightly off topic - could you recommend noise reduction plugins
(I know Zaine Ridling recommends one - NoiseWare - but I think it's round the 100$ mark as a Pshop plugin)

Noiseware is very good. Also Noise Ninja from Picture Code. I mostly (always) now do any noise removal within Photoshop.

Actually, writing all his makes me realise how little I use my own printers now!!

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Living Room / Re: Versioning of files
« on: October 18, 2007, 07:51 AM »
I agree with Carol on this:

it would be really good if FH made a baseline backup of the file the first time it is opened

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I have been using Qimage for a long time now and agree it is a good, mature program. The Studio version does also have an extra algorithm or two as well as RAW reading.

The GUI has always been a little... quirky - at least to my way of thinking but you do get used to it over time. It's worth remembering also that Qimage will only ever be as good as your printer - it will maximise the quality of your printers output but, obviously, will always be limited by that.

I know one or two people who just use Qimage for image re-sizing and not for printing at all!

Updates are regular - several throughout the year - with changes and verson history always given on the web site.


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General Software Discussion / Re: GemX - missing in action
« on: October 17, 2007, 08:38 AM »
Not sure how others feel but I am wondering whether the HelpMaker discussion can be placed into it's own thread as there is a danger of getting the GemX stuff mixed up with the HelpMaker discussion.

I can't say for sure but I think Doublewitt was just questioning the value of publicly 'dismantling' (listing all the libraries etc used) another developers software in open forum at the same time as promoting a competitors software.

I am sure the Helpmaker application discussion would benefit from its own thread away from the many mixed feelings that are plainly felt in connection to the GemX situation.

Just a thought.

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