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New customers (or those getting the upgrade in a few days) will get Paint Shop Pro for free. I asked the SoftMaker guys whether I could get WordPerfect Office from the same vendor instead. They didn’t answer ...

Office 365 has a shitty user interface, which drove me away from MS Office in 2007 in the first place.

General Software Discussion / WordPerfect Office 2020
« on: May 22, 2020, 08:27 AM »
Ah, while we're at it: WordPerfect Office 2020 is released!

The prices are still interesting, but the new Microsoft Office filters seem to work just fine. Sadly, the also-new .odt import/export is a bit quirky yet. I hope they can fix it.

Available for Windows, macOS and inferior "systems", SoftMaker has already released their first Office 2021 beta version into the wild. I'm currently trying it on macOS and it seems to work just fine. Currently, a paid license enables me to install it on "up to five computers", so my two Windowses and my one MacBook would be covered. The only thing that prevents me from instantly buying it is that SoftMaker has already started to introduce features which are only available in the subscription version "Office NX" and I hate subscriptions...

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Re: NANY 2020 Mug-shots
« on: May 01, 2020, 02:54 AM »
It happens every year...  ;D

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Re: NANY 2020 Mug-shots
« on: May 01, 2020, 02:30 AM »
Mine isn’t here yet.

"Only" 20 days left, but if you still don't have WordPerfect Office, the best* available office suite, this is your chance:

* Unless you require XLSX/DOCX format support which is currently not that great in WordPerfect/Quattro Pro. I assume that WordPerfect Office 20, probably coming in May or June, will fix that.

Personally, I dislike the zsh (it does too many things), but I am currently spending some time with a Mac and they come with the zsh these days. Trying to make it relatively useful is annoying.

DC Member Programs and Projects / SCCS support for the zsh shell
« on: April 10, 2020, 03:50 AM »
I wrote a plugin for oh-my-zsh that displays the status of SCCS "repositories". GitHub, this time (because it's a pull request):


If the oh-my-zsh folks won't merge it before December 2020, I'll make this a NANY entry as well and host it somewhere else.  :D

I admit that my tool is not made for automatization. If you need to process ("pipe") hex strings automatically, a Perl script might be a better choice...


Useful for JSON transfer analysis. Enjoy.

(Update: Smaller binary.)

Source code:

After one year of not doing anything with this software, I wanted to return to development. I wanted to fix a long-standing pagination issue. Turns out threading is broken, it stops working unexpectedly while trying to generate a site... :(

(I moved the code to my server with a GitHub mirror, but I cannot announce it on the site itself because of that. Well... lol, I guess.)

Heads up: plan9port's Acme supports file names with spaces now.

Where are their releases on non-anonymous servers?

I doubt that anyone would want to work on something that has only been released without having a license to do so.

Living Room / Who‘s on Usenet?
« on: January 07, 2020, 05:29 PM »
Among my to-be-finished pieces of software, there is a sane Usenet client for Windows. Does anyone here feel the urge to have it ready for NANY 2021 or can I safely postpone it?

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: ShutUp10 - Mini-Review
« on: January 07, 2020, 03:45 AM »
I love how the website for this "privacy tool" includes Google Analytics.

General Software Discussion / 30 Years of Pegasus Mail [1] ...
« on: January 06, 2020, 08:03 PM »
... and the versions 5 of both the Mercury Mail server and the Pegasus Mail client, having been postponed since 2006, are around the corner now [2] - this time for real!


Ahh, modern times. :)

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Re: NANY 2020 Wrap-up
« on: January 06, 2020, 05:22 PM »
Again, I failed to finish my most impressive two projects in quite some time. But I have already worked on one of them today...  :P

Thank you, all (other) participants - the results are awesome as always!

Developer's Corner / Re: VB Script
« on: January 06, 2020, 05:20 PM »
.txt files have no code page. Did you mean: Encoding?
There are solutions for that.

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Re: NANY 2020: quick generator peek
« on: December 26, 2019, 02:03 AM »
There cannot be two contrary truths.

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Re: NANY 2020: quick generator peek
« on: December 25, 2019, 12:06 PM »
Every time someone talks about an omnipresence, I wonder where we scientists have lost the fight.

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / NANY 2020: repost: birdcries
« on: December 24, 2019, 02:37 PM »
Originally posted in August:

NANY 2020 Entry Information

Application Name birdcries
Short Description View tweets with privacy - and without bullshit.
Web Page
Download Link
System Requirements
  • Server: Perl 5, CPAN and a number of modules listed in the README behind the download link.
  • Client: Any web browser should do.
Author me

Replace in any Twitter status link by to get a less shitty read-only view of the tweet which is faster and will respect your privacy!

See this example tweet.

Known Issues
  • birdcries cannot display videos, pictures et cetera, nor will it load discussions. If you need a "full-featured" alternative tweet view, I can recommend nitter instead.
  • Protected tweets will spawn an error message. Sorry.

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / NANY 2020: repost: Unping all the links!
« on: December 24, 2019, 02:31 PM »
(Your NANY template still says 2019...)

Originally posted in April:

NANY 2020 Entry Information

Application Name Unping all the links!
Supported OSes Chrome, Chromium, Vivaldi, you name it
Web Page
Download Link https://chrome.googl...cikojdkmfgncbbgadkkj
System RequirementsA Chromium-based web browser.
Author me

A Chrome extension that removes hyperlink trackers right from the HTML code.

Removed all "ping=" attributes from web links.

Planned Features

See the Chrome Web Store site.

Install the extension from the Chrome Web Store as usual.

Using the Application
It will work without you even noticing it.

Go to chrome://extensions and press the button to remove the extension.

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Re: NANY 2020: quick generator peek
« on: December 05, 2019, 02:12 AM »
For RSS, I warmly recommend Newsblur.

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