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Screenshot Captor / Re: Rotate text box
« on: October 10, 2020, 10:33 AM »
thanks.  I am not in front of the project now, but I wonder if I could adjust the angle of the screen shot/image,  Place text box. Then adjust the angle of the screen/shot back the other way.

Another way might be to use the watermark, but I have not looked into it.

Pdf editors have the ability to "stamp."

Thanks again.   

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Screenshot Captor / Rotate text box
« on: October 09, 2020, 12:12 PM »
After you create a text box  on a screenshot, is it possible to rotate that text box?

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Walling
Walling is more than just a tool to organize your information. Walling helps you unload your ideas, jot down notes and save bookmarks frictionlessly. It connects those ideas with what you added in the past, creating a network of ideas and resources that's easy to explore and curate from.

You can also use Walling to plan and organize ideas when you’re working on a new project, researching a topic, writing an article or just about anything. With your ideas side by side, Walling empowers you to step back and get a high level of understanding on what you're working on and helps you synthesize information more efficiently.
Walling.app

I've been using Walling for about a week and I think I'm sold! It seems to fit with how I'd like a note taking app to work, just throw everything at it and organize a little bit later. There are some features missing and there's no native iOS or Android app yet (the former should be in beta within a week), but I'm definitely liking it so far.

The Walling community can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook...om/groups/wallingapp

Edit:
Walling is free for up to 100 Bricks. You can subscribe to Walling premium to get unlimited Bricks and Walls for $4/mo. Walling also offers Workspaces for teams with centralized billing for $6/mo per team member.
Looks interesting. Is it possible to use completely offline, without relying on their servers?  I see there is a desktop app.

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UPDATED: I did end up purchasing a couple copies.  I felt reassured by the process and by my experiences. In short it seems like the licenses work. There is just uncertainty if there will be some sort of issue with them working in the future.  I have provided some information about my experiences below, to help others make a decision. 

When I did some research online initially, I thought this deal was ending in a day or so. I found a number of forums/threads with people speculating about what kind of license it was.  I am not remembering where but the conversations were similar to what has happened in this thread. A number of people had decided to take the leap and I did as well.  I decided it was worth the risk to purchase 2 licenses. I had an old pc I wanted to try and get running for a family friend and I wanted a license to use in the future for myself.  I also know a few people IRL who took advantage of the deal.  The purchased was handled by cleverbridge.  I will copy the information from the emails I received below.  I was provided with one order confirmation, followed by another email with the product keys and instructions.   

About a month after purchasing, a friend mentioned he had had some issues with his license and asked if I had had any issues with mine.  He told me he had contacted support and they helped him resolve it and that he was pleased. He mentioned he found someone else online that had had issues and support had also resolved their issue. I had not used either of the licenses I purchased, so I figured I should make sure at least one of them worked by doing a fresh install on the old pc I had. Cleverbridge offers a 60 day download link from their server, but I decided to be safe I would download straight from Microsoft.  The install went fine. The only annoyances being Microsoft related annoyances:)  The license activated and it has gone through a number of rounds of windows updates with no issues.

I know someone else who purchased installation media with their license. It was an added cost per license of $6.95 for the dvd.  They received a dvd (photo copied below).  It was mailed from Creativemark, Black & White Building London EC2A 3AY United Kingdom and they thought that was strange that it came from the UK.  Their invoice also stated that "Cleverbridge, Inc. is the merchant of record for this transaction. 350 N Clark, Suite 700, Chicago, IL, 60654, United States Tax ID: 20-4503251"   This DVD does not look to my eyes like an "official" Microsoft dvd, but to be honest I have not seen Microsoft media since Windows 7 as they have moved heavily towards their installation media creation tool.

Below I will copy the emails I received- omitting the licenses/personal data with XXXXs.  Also note that a number of the download links have expired.
Hope this helps
-Sphere


ORDER CONFIRMATION EMAIL

Dear ______<
Thank you for your order.

Below you will find your cleverbridge reference number. To ensure the most prompt and efficient service, please always refer to your reference number when contacting us.
Your cleverbridge reference number: XXXXXXXXXXX

We have received your order and it is undergoing normal, manual processing, which will be completed within the next hour. In exceptional cases, the process may last longer.

Nonetheless, upon completion of the manual processing, you will receive an email with further information about your order. Please do not place another order until you have received a confirmation email from us about this order or you may be billed twice.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Support options
Technical and product-related support
If you have any technical or product-related inquiries, please contact Creativemark using the following information:
Website: https://www.creativemark.com
Email: [email protected]
Creativemark are the developers of this store and can provide basic support by email and via your software store. Contact us if you have technical issues. Contact Cleverbridge if you have problems with your order.
Payment and order-related support
If you have any payment or order-related inquiries, feel free to contact cleverbridge Customer Support.
https://www.cleverbr...mp;cfg=affiliate2019

Sincerely,
cleverbridge Customer Support

cleverbridge, Inc.

350 N Clark, Suite 700 - Chicago, IL 60654 - United States
        
LICENSE AND INSTRUCTIONS EMAIL:

Dear ______,
Thank you for your order.

Below you will find your cleverbridge reference number. To ensure the most prompt and efficient service, please always refer to your reference number when contacting us.
Your cleverbridge reference number: XXXXXXXX
Payment information
Your credit card (xxxxxxxxxxxxx) has been successfully authorized. Please note that the charge on your credit card will appear as "CBI*CREATIVEMARK."
Your products
Qty.   Product name   Delivery
2   
Microsoft Windows 10 Professional includes a 1-PC, lifetime license electronic

Your product key:
xxxx-xxxx-xxx.....

This is the official Windows 10 Installation Guide. Read this before you start. You have 30 days from this order date to download these files through the links on this page. If you have purchased Extended Download Insurance with this order, you will be able to login to your store account and download these full versions for up to two years from the order date.

Download (link expired)

File size: 1469 KB.

Your download link is valid until xx/xx/xxxx.
Note: The date specified for this download link does not affect the validity of your license.

This is the official Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. Use this on your existing computer to upgrade to Windows 10 OR use it to create a brand new fresh Windows 10 install. You have 60 days from this order date to download these files through the links on this page. If you have purchased Extended Download Insurance with this order, you will be able to login to your store account and download these full versions for up to two years from the order date.

Download

File size: 18 MB.

Your download link is valid until xx/xx/xxxx.
Note: The date specified for this download link does not affect the validity of your license.

How do I upgrade from Home to Pro?

Although we've sold you a full version of Windows 10 Professional, most people will only need to upgrade from Home. First thing to note, you can only upgrade from Home if Home is fully activated. If you have an activated Home, to upgrade to Professional, simply follow this within Windows 10:

Go to Settings > Activation > Change product key and you'll be able to drop in your new Professional code and unlock the Professional features. No need to re-install Windows 10. Once you drop in your new code, expect Windows 10 Home to download additional Professional components then either reboot or log you out (you'll need to log back in). Once this happens, you'll have Windows 10 Professional.

Alternatively, you can use your Windows 10 Professional from scratch on a brand new PC. Follow the instructions supplied and use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to create an install DVD or USB stick.

IMPORTANT - Can't Upgrade from Home to Pro? Read This First

If you are trying to upgrade from 10 Home to 10 Pro, you might find your key doesn’t work immediately. Windows 10 will claim the product key can't be used to upgrade. Why not? Effectively Windows 10 Home isn’t ‘ready’ to upgrade as it has unfinished updates.

To fix this issue, you need to run through all Windows 10 updates and reboot. Indeed, reboot anyhow, as often there’s a background process which hasn’t finished updating. Sometimes you might even have to reboot twice as Windows 10 will stack small updates which install on system boot and will stop any upgrade to Professional.

Once you've checked for updates and rebooted (we can't emphasise enough that you need to reboot), try entering your new Product Key again.

Still Can't Upgrade?

We've seen various reasons why your system might not be ready to upgrade - reach out to us and we'll get back to you as soon as possible with our 'top tips' to help.
Your purchase documents
Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to open this PDF file. If this software is not yet installed on your computer, please download a free version here.
Invoice XXXXX

Support options
Technical and product-related support
If you have any technical or product-related inquiries, please contact Creativemark using the following information:
Website: https://www.creativemark.com
Email: [email protected]
Creativemark are the developers of this store and can provide basic support by email and via your software store. Contact us if you have technical issues. Contact Cleverbridge if you have problems with your order.
Payment and order-related support
If you have any payment or order-related inquiries, feel free to contact cleverbridge Customer Support.

Sincerely,
cleverbridge Customer Support

cleverbridge, Inc.

350 N Clark, Suite 700 - Chicago, IL 60654 - United States

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General Software Discussion / Re: Repair MP4 video
« on: July 20, 2020, 02:04 PM »
To Update...  I tried using ffmpeg.

The video is about 20 minutes long. It recovered the first half of the audio and most of the video, though at the beginning the audio and the video were not in sync.  I am more interested in the audio.  I might look into a way to extract all the audio.
The way this process works is that it an analyzes a working file and compares it to the broken mp4.  The only working file I had from the same session was 10 minutes long. So I wonder if that was what cause it to stop working at the end.


recover_mp4 ▶ https://www.videohelp.com/software/re...
FFmpeg ▶ https://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/




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General Software Discussion / Re: Repair MP4 video
« on: July 20, 2020, 12:46 PM »
This seems to be a complete list.
I have heard of wondershare's oterh products.
https://www.stellari...-repair-software.php

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General Software Discussion / Repair MP4 video
« on: July 20, 2020, 12:27 PM »
I was recording a video to MP4 using OBS and the system shut down unexpectedly.  I have a 40omb file that will not play.  I tried to use VLC to convert it, but it will not work. Does anyone know of any tricks?
https://www.makeuseo.../fix-corrupt-videos/
 Have not tried Video Repair from Grau GmbH for Windows yet.  Seems like there might be better options.

Any recommendations?

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This is a solution someone developed about 4 years ago to map markdown files.  Thought you might be interested.  A really nice write up.

...Markdown Mapper, and is a command-line utility, written in R (see below) and open-sourced under the GPLv2 license, that reverse-engineers concept maps from plaintext notes.

Markdown Mapper

How it works

Markdown Mapper treats each line / paragraph of text as a node in the network. It goes through the text, file-by-file and then line-by-line, making inferences about which lines are related to which other lines by looking at tags and text structure (e.g., with the indentation of list-items). As it goes, it creates an edge list, a table with three columns: From, To, and Relationship, where the From and To columns are lines of text from the input file(s), and the Relationship column is the relationship between them (e.g., Parent, List item, Tag, Contains Type of Thought, etc.). It then uses the qgraph package to draw a quick-view graph from the edge list, and the igraph package to create an adjacency matrix (a tablular version of an edge list, where the row and column names are lines of text from the input file(s), and each cell has a 1 wherever the lines have a relationship), if the user has asked for one.

As it goes along, Markdown Mapper also hard-wraps the text Hard-wrapping = inserting a line break. every 20 or so characters, in order to make the text nodes more rectangular (this keeps each node from displaying as one long line of text).

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I am curious what other systems you use and to what purpose.
My system is only starting to evolve. Hesitant to put too much weight on it when I know that Obsidian could be very different in 6 months.

So I have WriteMonkey 3 sharing some files with Obsidian. They are in the WM database with the synced copy accessible to both. In Obsidian those files are linked to many other notes related to the MSS being written.
I prefer writing in WriteMonkey and its incredibly convenient to have all the related gubbins networked together and visible in Obsidian.

I also have the folder with those texts open in ProWritingAid simply to aid analysis as I progress.

Naturally I also write notes in other apps, especially on Android, and they're transferred into the folders of the Obsidian vaults.

Thanks. That is helpful.
I plan on giving it a try this weekend if I get some time off work.

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Most of what you listed can already be "in" a plaintext note
And one of the aspects I like is that the note itself isn't "in" the system. It can simultaneously be "in" many systems so long as conflicting changes are avoided. Work in one program, save before switching to another.

Obsidian looks as if it will grow into a great spider, with any number of mites on its back, but lays no claim to own any of the notes.

I am curious what other systems you use and to what purpose.

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Your are right Nod5,

Underlying question: what different ways can something be "in" the system? What way is most useful for what content?

Agreed.   And to what purpose. 

Most of what you listed can already be "in" a plaintext note in the minimal sense of adding a reference/link to it.

But I assume you want more than that. For example, the full plaintext content of a PDF file added as a note on par with the other markdown notes? So that that content becomes searchable and linkable at some more fine grained resolution (chapters/paragraphs/sentences/words).

You are correct that I want more than that.  The question about getting things into the system was more about the workflow to arrive at a place where everything is ready and usable. In the case of a pdf, I would like the plain text with annotations and even highlights ingested so that the connections are still intact.  Annotations already linked to the text (images or audio) in the pdf.  There is already inherent relationships that I would rather not spend the time recreating prior to utilizing the information gathered.

Or a way to embed an audio file, shown as a playback control with pause play and a slider at a specific position in the notes? Or some other way?

This would be great. Being able to record, cut splice and index the audio (with some versioning history) in much the same way that one can with text would be even better. There is specialized software that can be used to do this though they are pretty clunky.  With most of these knowledge management systems, the most you can do is link or embed. 


We can think of internal and external links. Internal links are resolved inside the software. For example a link in a MD file that links to a section in another MD file. External links point to everything else, items in the local filesystem, or LAN or Internet.

Do you know how these links that are resolved inside obsidian work?  Are the MD files taged somehow to indicate that they are linked to other files. I assume that Obsidian looks at the MD files to create load much the same way a website loads.  The MD files are the building blocks.

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If you work plainly with text, which is fine for capturing your thoughts- this looks pretty amazing.  However I find myself thinking how do I get other things in it?
-Saved web pages.
There are save webpages as markdown extensions.  There is the issue of stripping the character of the site- which sometimes is helpful to add context. For instance, we Andy's Notes Web page was listed here and I visited it, I remembered being in that place- I have landed on that page on more than one occasion- while researching different things.
-Pdfs
-Book Marks
-Citations
-Annotations/ Highlighted text from PDFs ( spanning 20 years)
-Audio  & video recordings.
-Docs & Spreadsheets.
-Rss
-Previous Wikis
-Correspondences ( email, chats, channels)
-Anki 
-Stickies
-Contacts
etc etc

One cannot expect to get everything int, but hopefully with its popularity.. it will be possible.

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However, in theory it means I might be able to use that scripting to automate some of my workflow going forward, and if I am lucky,  incorporating that vast amounts of files I have scattered in different formats.
And presumably the same would be possible through the Obsidian API.
With its popularity yes.  Also the fact that there is an audio plugin among the first crop of plugins is promising.  So many markdown-centric  apps want text only ( for obvious reasons) but having the ability to make audio memos.... makes me feel this might be different.  However, it is possible that markdown will win out. 

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https://notes.andymatuschak.org

This website design is so incredible.  I want this.  How can I do this?

Superboyac,
I stumbled onto some clues that might help your figure this out.  If you take a look at this thread from a little over a month ago on Ycombinator  you will see somone asked the exact same question after someone said the following:

User rhezab said the following :

"I currently use Andy Matuschak's [1] system, using his note-link-janitor script [2] to generate backlinks and Typora to edit. The only thing Obsidian adds is the graph view for me, but it seems that Obsidian generates backlinks using file name, not title. I prefer linking by title. Perhaps this can be an option? The editor also seems to be lacking a little... for instance I can't seem to render math. Hopefully some of my feedback will be useful to you.

Overall really cool idea, but probably not going to use for now. Will keep tabs, and wish you the best of luck!"
[1] https://notes.andyma...rg/About_these_notes [2] https://github.com/a...ak/note-link-janitor"

Someone else mentioned 
TiddlyWiki + Krystal Theme + a few plugins...

which might be another way of doing it.  But the following comment seems more likely

   
  aesadde 40 days ago [–]...I believe you can use this Gatsby theme to get the behavior you're looking for https://github.com/a...la/gatsby-theme-andy "

And if you go take a look it on github, it looks very similar.
Go forth and conquer!

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I just took some time and did some reading on obsidian and I am impressed.  It does also seem to have a huge following that will likely drive it as well. Interest and excitement like RoamResearch.   The thing that really caught my eye was that it has an audio plugin where you can record directly into a note.  Audio recordings and files ( and multimedia in general) are a very important part of my current "knowledge base."

Scripting  in a product like Trilium does not target me either.  However, in theory it means I might be able to use that scripting to automate some of my workflow going forward, and if I am lucky,  incorporating that vast amounts of files I have scattered in different formats.   I would like something that can rather quickly ingest thousands of varying types of files.





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Semilattice looks pretty nice.  Out of curiosity, did you ever look at Trilium Notes?   Here is the closest thing to a overview I could find. I posted it earlier in the thread.   When searching for more info about semilattice, I stumbled upon Trillium again. This seems to be the way of things.  Not only do you discover new things, but you rediscover things.  I wonder how deeply you looked at it. It looks like there are a number of ways to handle note titles. 

But I think what makes it a really powerful option is the scripting. https://github.com/z...trilium/wiki/Scripts
Advanced demonstrations of what can be done with the scripting gets me thinking about how this could be used. 

It also appears to have some to integrate with mobile. Trilium Sender also you to write/send notes to your day note.  (though I am not sure if this has been updated)

I have had little time to really explore but when I left off, I was seriously considering trying Trilium with the aim of hosting my own. Hosted web version is a full app for both desktop and mobile and also acts as a central sync server for desktop clients.  There also a front end for touch based devices which.

I am not sure if you you explored it or were put off by something.  There has been alot of exploration on this thread (and I have not kept up)  I have not had a chance to look at obsidian, but I think I glean how it works by what people have posted and also doing some playing around with roamresearch.    In the end, what I would like is something that really allows for the same "play" as actual index cards.  Having a system freely showcases the inherent connections between pieces of information is really attractive.  I think Roamresearch and Obsidian are getting closer to that.   


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The one thing The Bat! does not have is Lightning. Everything else is there.  :)

Can it do the scheduling and monitoring I am looking for:

Scheduling emails:
Thunderbird has the ability through an addon to send an email at a prescribed time, you can schedule an email to be sent at a certain time or send it to be a reoccurring email.  It is really nice if you are working late at night and do not want to send an email  at 2am.  You can have it go at 8am ( during working hours).  Does the Bat! have that ability?  Any other email clients?

Monitoring replies: Thunderbird used to have a number of other add-ons that were extremely useful that have stopped working due to the changes touched on earlier in this thread due to TB development.  There were a family of add-ons that allowed you to monitor replies.  You could set the add-on to monitor IF an email had been replied to. When sending the email you would basically tell the add-on to notify you if they did not reply by  a date of your choosing.   Sucha  simple thing, but you were able to automate a piece of follow-up.  I traditionally set a monitor reply of a week.  If somethig was more pressing, then I would make it shorter.  Does the bat or any other email client have that?

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It is mightier. :)

Who would not want something mightier!  The question I have is how.  There are surprising little in way of reviews about the Bat.  I looked on youtube.   I will DC forums.

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My small contribution here...

I've used Pegasus (not since about 2000, though) and TheBat! and finally settled on Thunderbird.

I still have a license for TheBat! but I didn't go beyond v7 -- I always loved its configurability and its use of FidoNet-style message quoting but I got badly burnt by a massive failure of the encryption mechanism for the Voyager variant and I decided never to trust it again.

Thunderbird's abandonment of its addons infrastructure is an annoyance -- a couple of addons for message management that I used and relied on have either gone away already or are going away as we speak (Nostalgy and QuickFolders being the most important of them) but the newly discovered ability to create virtual folders via the saved search functionality has just stopped me wondering about possible alternatives, which is why I started reading this thread in the first place!

I have tens of thousands of stored emails in Thunderbird and it copes. This is probably A Good Thing. :)

Consider trying out Interlink Mail & News.

It was developed after Thunderbird announced that it'll follow the webextensions route.

I've been using it for seven months now and it works perfectly. In some regards it's faster than Thunderbird (e.g. yearly view in calendar).


Thanks for sharing this.  It had not occurred to me to check out additional forks. Which is a pretty obvious answer to the issue.

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Maxim was not a major developer. AFAIR, he was a mediocre developer - but the CEO.
I see. Well that is an interesting development.  My sense is that The Bat! has been around long enough that it is pretty stable. I am mostly interested in how the functionality compares to thunderbird

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So I did a quick search looking for the differences between Thunderbird and TheBat! and stumbled upon this forrum.  It looks like a major developer was leaving the BAT!Here is the thread from May.


Reminds me of something I once used TheBat! for... a commitment that was always going to be met in a week but was never actually kept led me to write a polite reminder email that TheBat! sent on my behalf every day at 11am for about 6 months.

FOAAS might have been a useful thing for the recipient. Fortunately, she had no such tool available :D

This got me thinking about that maybe theBat has some of the utility that I have been missing in Thunderbird. 

Scheduling emails: Thunderbird has the ability through an addon to send an email at a prescribed time, you can schedule an email to be sent at a certain time or send it to be a reoccurring email.  It is really nice if you are working late at night and do not want to send an email  at 2am.  You can have it go at 8am ( during working hours).  Does the Bat! have that ability?  Any other email clients?

Monitoring replies: Thunderbird used to have a number of other add-ons that were extremely useful that have stopped working due to the changes touched on earlier in this thread due to TB development.  There were a family of add-ons that allowed you to monitor replies.  You could set the add-on to monitor IF an email had been replied to. When sending the email you would basically tell the add-on to notify you if they did not reply by  a date of your choosing.   Sucha  simple thing, but you were able to automate a piece of follow-up.  I traditionally set a monitor reply of a week.  If somethig was more pressing, then I would make it shorter.  Does the bat or any other email client have that?



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Thank you. This is an area that is pretty new to me.  I am not sure where to start comparing the capabilities.  It seems like a big place to look are the triggers.


I found this review/description on a reddit forum: https://www.reddit.c...ws_what_is_the_very/
PTFB Pro: This is one of my favorite apps that I only discovered a month ago. PTFB Pro enables you to press buttons to repetitive dialog boxes. You train it what to look for, then the next time that nagging dialog box appears, PTFB Pro takes care of it for you. PTFB Pro can, like Actual Window Manager, force windows and dialog message boxes to appear in specific places on the screen. It can click on check-boxes for you, record macros for both the mouse and keyboard presses, and more. If you've ever started typing a comment here, on Reddit, then closed that tab without saving the comment, you've seen that "Are you sure you want to leave?" question. PTFB Pro takes care of that too.

    PTFB Pro and Actual Window Manager share some features, but there are some things that the first can do that the other can't, and vice versa. ...
Have you noticed that when you want to view the Properties of a file, the window always appears in some random location on screen? Actual Window Manager and PTFB Pro can both make any window with the word "Properties" in its title bar appear centered on screen. When you press the WINKEY+R to bring up the command dialog, it appears in some stupid place on the screen. Not any more. now it always appears centered on the screen. And so on..."

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The Notecard System: The Key For Remembering, Organizing And Using Everything You Read:
https://ryanholiday....everything-you-read/

THIS: In the FAQ section. "Wouldn’t digital be easier? Yes. But I don’t want this to be easy. Writing them down by hand forces me to take my time and to go over everything again (taking notes on a Kindle is too easy and that’s the problem). Also being able to physically arrange stuff is crucial for getting the structure of your book or project right. I can move cards from one category to another. As I shuffle through the cards, I bump into stuff I had forgotten about, etc."

Once again. I am amazed that there is not a way to play with cards like this digitally.

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 So  Bitsdujour has PTFB Pro on sale today. I realize this is an older thread, but I was curious how PTFB compares to other options.
https://www.bitsdujo...utton#comments150812

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Looks like the links I posted above are not working.  I think it might have to with how I posted them.
https://software.pcw...dows_10_professional
link

[update] Not sure if the links above are any better.  At first I thought it was because the deal expired, but now I am thinking I am doing something wrong when posting them. In anycase, the deal can be found by searching  pcworld software windows 10 pro 39  https://www.google.c...ld+windows+10+pro+39
I know it is possible to get cheaper licenses, but from what I have read, this is a legit retail version.  It is really hard to know if it can be transfered to another system or not as MS licensing is hard to follow.

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