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Sorry, but the first one just looked awkward to me.  :(

It took me a few seconds to realise it was the serif typeface someone had used to add one of the labels  :o

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Living Room / Re: Shiny Disco Balls
« on: June 17, 2010, 02:40 PM »
Have a listen to Manuel Göttsching's E2-E4 from about 1980ish.

Not only is it a great house record from 5 years before anyone had invented house, not only did it form the basis of the Balearic Beat sound a decade later, not only did act as midwife for sampletastic stuff like Sueno Latino, but most importantly of all: if I start it playing it as I get on the train to work, it'll just be finishing an hour later as we slow down on the final approach into Victoria - perfect :)

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AndyM... going back to your advice on using tabs instead of tables.  How would one format text so each "cell" could have multiline text in it?  I dont see how tabs allow you to do this.
By using the correct tool - a table ;)

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Never noticed any issues with either table styles or tables themselves in any version going from 2000 to 2010 (including 2007).

And I'm intrigued to know how you'd use autotext to simulate a table style too ;)

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Create the styles in a blank document first, then go to the outliner and create the content there. Either type or bring in using Paste/Special/Unformatted text.

Keep formatting and content creation completely separate.

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I'd be surprised if you can find something that addresses your first point.

Far better to give your teachers the skills to create strong, engaging designs without losing Powerpoint's flexibility.

I'd suggest Death By Powerpoint for a good presentation specific introduction, and Robin Williams' The Non-Designer's Design Book for general design skills.

For the second point, have a look at Adobe Captivate or Articulate - Flash based elearning authoring tools.

Though why your teachers think their students will learn by watching an instructor run through a slideshow, no matter what authoring package they used, is beyond me. It's not the 1950s any more ;)

If you want a quick and dirty solution, then just remove the formatting. Completely. 18 point Times Roman black on white background might be the dullest design ever, but at least the design won't distract from the content.

Please, I don't want to know how bad the content is ;)

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I don't understand how Dell are responsible for the refund. It's MS's EULA, not theirs.

Unless Dell have separately agreed to underwrite the cost of the returns with MS.

The EULA explicitly says "return it to the retailer". Dell sold the copy of Windows why should MS reimburse you directly? If they did then Dell would keep the money they received for the sale and MS would cough up the refund - that would not make any sense.
-Carol Haynes (March 22, 2010, 05:36 PM)
MS Should be the ones reimbursing because it's MS giving the purchaser the right to return the software under MS's own EULA. You can't force a liability on a third party just by telling people to ask them for money :)

Dell's contract with the purchaser is 'Give us some money, we'll give you this computer with W7 on it'. Dell would only be responsible if they'd got an agreement with MS to underwrite these returns. Which on reflection they probably have. In which case I've answered my own question and really ought to stop typing now  :-[

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I don't understand how Dell are responsible for the refund. It's MS's EULA, not theirs.

Unless Dell have separately agreed to underwrite the cost of the returns with MS.

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A free online Flash or Shockwave game, around 8 years ago.

Octagonal shaped playing area with a cross made of pegs in the middle, you and your computer opponent had some marbles that started out on either side of the cross. You had to aim your marbles into a goal which was a hole on your opponents side of the cross while protecting your own goal from your opponent.

I seem to remember there was a bug in that if you lost it announced you'd won, and vice versa.

Great gameplay, and way ahead of its time - you lost your game if your internet connection went down, just like the fancy modern games do ;)

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ProcessTamer / Re: Feature request : safer right click termination
« on: January 22, 2010, 03:39 PM »
 :)  :Thmbsup:

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ProcessTamer / Feature request : safer right click termination
« on: January 21, 2010, 04:53 PM »
Hi Mouser

Just discovered that it's easy to terminate the wrong process if between right-clicking and choosing Close This Process the list order changes, or the process drops off the list because it goes below the threshold. PT closes the process that the mouse is now over, not the one that was originally clicked on.

How about freezing the list while the right click menu is open?

Katy


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Living Room / Re: Great Britain is frozen!
« on: January 08, 2010, 02:39 PM »
Anyone else 'working from home' this week?  ;)

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DcUpdater / Re: Dcuppdater.exe crashes multiple times daily in W7...
« on: December 29, 2009, 05:48 PM »
 :up: to Mouser for all the work he's put into this in the last couple of days  :-*

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DcUpdater / Re: Dcuppdater.exe crashes multiple times daily in W7...
« on: December 27, 2009, 03:13 PM »
Using Comodo antivirus and Zonealarm fierewall, new version doesn't change the error.

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Living Room / Re: Would you buy this milk?
« on: December 18, 2009, 11:54 AM »
Make sure you do your research when choosing a biro  :D

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DcUpdater / Re: Dcuppdater.exe crashes multiple times daily in W7...
« on: December 13, 2009, 11:20 AM »
For me DcUpdater crashes after use regardless of whether I start it manually or from the FARR automatic check.

It appears to actually work fine, except for the 2 "This program has stopped working" windows when it tries to close itself.

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Tomos, remember that companies' privacy policies have to work within the prevailing legal framework - basically it's what you're entitled to by law, plus a bit of extra privacy on top.

And as you have the foresight to have chosen to live in the EU, your local privacy laws will be pretty robust.  :)


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General Software Discussion / Re: PDF's
« on: November 11, 2009, 12:29 PM »
O
What problems do these bloated pdfs cause you?
If you work with 1000's of them, they hog disc space. More frustratingly, though, if you need to e-mail them to others, you can quickly run into attachment size limits  >:(

hit the nail on the head there, we have to distribute them to several different places via email, so size is an issue...

quite apart from that the bloat just is ridiculous - why should anyone have to work with a 10M version of a 2M word document
I'm not being deliberately stupid here, honestly  ;)   But again, so what is the problem exactly? Is it that you have to spend x minutes longer than necessary sending the mail in several parts, is it that the emails take y minutes longer to reach their destinations waiting for the security team to release the oversized attachment, is it that you have to pay $/£/€/ z more in internet bandwidth? You say that these are causing you PITA - just how does that P manifest itself?

The reason for asking is that it seems clear that you need other people in your company to take action. And to get those people on board you're going to have to justify what real benefit the company will get by solving the problem.

These bloated pdfs are costing us £ a year! People listen.
These bloated pdfs are stopping me from working on the Widget project! People listen.
These bloated pdfs are bigger than they could otherwise be! No one cares.

I'd say there are two solutions to your problem. Technological and psychological.

The technological solution means persuading the person who can make the decision that rolling out the necessary changes to the mfp settings.

The psychological solution is to make it in people's interests to send you efficiently sized pdfs. How much control do you have over what you do? Can you politely reject any pdf that comes in above a certain size - with a link to a quick guide on how to scan pdfs efficiently? Can you bump anything less than 2Mb to the top of the queue?

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General Software Discussion / Re: PDF's
« on: November 10, 2009, 04:35 PM »
What problems do these bloated pdfs cause you?

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Find And Run Robot / Re: Aliases - Dumb Newbie Question :)
« on: October 10, 2009, 08:38 AM »
 :D

Thank you all for not scoring me  :)

And especially to mouser - the screencast was the key, now I realise just how straightforward it was.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

And skajfes, yes, you'd think I could do that, wouldn't you. But my fingers insist on tapping the u  :-[

 :D

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Find And Run Robot / Aliases - Dumb Newbie Question :)
« on: October 09, 2009, 05:49 PM »
This is probably going to sound so stupid, but here goes anyway  :-[

Let's imagine that I have a shortcut called µTorrent, and let's also imagine that I don't have a µ key on my keyboard. Finally, imagine that I always get surprised when I type utorrent into FARR and don't get any results.

How can I tell FARR to look for µTorrent when I type utorrent?

RingTFM has made me even more confused I'm afraid  :D

You may rate this question for stupidity on a scale of 1 to 10  ;)

Thank you  :)

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General Software Discussion / Re: Do you touch-type or hunt-and-peck?
« on: October 01, 2009, 06:06 PM »
My train ride to work every day is an hour there and an hour back. And there is nothing more irritating than listening to some fool two finger typing the whole journey.

Clicketyclicketyclickety CLACK!     Clickety CLACK!  Clicketyclickety CLACK!

Well, almost nothing ;)

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General Software Discussion / Re: video player software.
« on: September 24, 2009, 02:37 PM »
Stop recommending freeware apps!

I have a feeling the OP is after something a little more, er, valuable  ;)

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Living Room / Re: Question About MS Word Lists & Tables
« on: September 23, 2009, 02:14 PM »
You're reliant on the consistency of the original list, but if you're feeling lucky:

Paste it into a blank document, select it, then Table, Convert, Text To Table.

If it's consistently formatted Word should guess the layout and therefore the number of rows and columns. If not you can try to force it yourself but you'd need to be lucky.

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