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How come whenever I recieve email from people who use Outlook, there are so many blank lines?  It's pretty annoying.  It's not even just double-spaced, sometimes there are 3 or 4 lines between actual lines of text like this:


When are we going to

the movie tomorrow?



What the heck is wrong with that program?

Hi everyone, I work for the city of Los Angeles, and in our department we use Novell Groupwise as our email client as well as scheduling/addressbook/overall network administration solution.  Now, I don't know or understand some of the "under the hood" workings that make up the network administration aspect of it, but I know that as a email system (including the addressbook and calendar), it really sucks big time.  I mean it's horrible.  You have barely any options for anything, and using the program makes you feel about as much in control as a yahoo email account.

Interestingly enough, the mayor appointed a new director of our department, and I was just reading her little introduction biography, and in it she said her pet peeve is the Groupwise email and how she's going to try to make a push for Outlook (I cheered out loud!).  Now, I'm no fan of Outlook/Exchange, but I'm pretty sure it's magnitudes better than Groupwise as far as from a user standpoint.  (I've hear Groupwise is good for security and stuff, but I'm stricly talking about functinality).

So, my question to you all is this...can anyone tell me if Outlook would really be better than Groupwise, at least for the email/calendar aspect?  Also, even though I doubt they will consider anything besides Outlook or Groupwise, can anyone recommend other solutions that might fit a large, integrated corporation?  I doubt the Bat! will be a good solution for something like this.

And we use IMAP email, I'm pretty sure.  It has unbelievably bad filtering options, horrible signature options, horrible reply-to settings, and to top it off, the administration has a 45-day limit on email messages, after which they are purged from the system.  If you want to keep mail, you have to go through this archiving process which is a pain in the butt, and even when they're archived, you can't export it in a format that will be usuable in any other email client.  Otherwise I would always archive everything and send it to my Bat! folder so I can store them inside a good program in case I need to use it later.

I just found out that the author published my review on his website.  I guess I'm official now!  Here it is in case anyone was interested:


It's a pretty cool program, although to be honest, I haven't tried to many other similar programs besides the simplistic Outlook and such.  It works for me.

Living Room / What's up with all the scams on ebay?
« on: March 02, 2006, 10:35 AM »
There are so many freakin scams on ebay!  Go look for laptops and you'll find a ton of sellers with what looks like bargain prices...and then you see their feedback is very good also.  But click on some of the feedback auctions to see what they've sold in the past.  They're all stupid little things like socks, dolls, baby clothes, all for less than $10.  What a scam!  So these people are going from selling hand me down clothes to top of the line laptops?!

Post New Requests Here / IDEA: Windows Start Menu manager
« on: February 16, 2006, 06:56 PM »
I don't think there's a good start menu manager out there (that I've seen at least).  I know that you can do this using a regular file manager and just move the shortcut files around, but it would be nice to have a tool specifically for this.  Some programs are in the All Users folder and some programs are in your specific login directory.  I'm looking for something that can easily move things back and forth and add items easily.  Also, have several options including one that will APLHABETIZE the list, and maybe some other options for sorting.

I've tried a couple of programs that do this, sort of, (I don't remember them right now).  But they weren't very good at all.  Usually, when I do this now, I just use Directory Opus and have two panes open and start moving the shortcuts back and forth.

Other nice features would be:
--Saving certain configurations, in case you want to have things arranged multiple ways
--Right-click option to quickly add shortcuts to exactly where you want in a start menu
--Profile synchronizer, in case you want to make a few user profiles the same, etc.

Anyway, that's it.

Living Room / I may get a new (used) laptop!
« on: February 16, 2006, 01:19 PM »
I've been begging a friend to sell me his laptop for months now, and he finally may do it.  You see, I've wanted a laptop for a long time, but could never really afford it, especially considering I want some quality components, not just the regular budget Dell.  The laptop will serve two purposes...a multimedia player to connect to the TV and watch DVD's, videos, etc.  And also my musician software so I can play VST instruments with my keyboard at gigs.

Anyway, I'm excited.  Look what I get for $650:

Acer Aspire (I forgot the model)  it's maybe 1.5-2 years old
Pentium M 1.4 or 1.6 (I can't remember)
ATI 256 mb card
100 gb hard drive
2 gb RAM
wide screen (15" some wierd resolution like 1,680 x 1,050)
DVDR drive
all the wifi stuff built in
+bonus 80 gb portable usb drive

I know it's a great deal, I can't wait!  I've never had a laptop besides an 5-year-old, broken Compaq that will crash after 1 hour continuous use (my brother in law gave it to me).

Who else here gets annoyed by the unpredictable behavior of the cursor in all web browsing programs and web pages.  Whether it's IE or Firefox or whatever, sometimes you load a page, and you click somwhere, only to see the cursor jump to some search field.  Or while a page is loading, you try clicking in the address bar and it doesn't stay put.  Or when you do pick something, it automatically highlights everything in the field, so you have to do a double click to get off of the highlight, and then you don't time it right and you end up quintuple clicking or something like that.

I know it's handy sometimes, like when you load google and you just start typing because the cursor autmotically goes to the search field.  But it's generally more annoying than not.  At least to me.  I don't like all these webpages coercing me to do this and that, even if they think it's more convenient.  I'll click where I want to click, when I want to click.

Also, some of these google plugins for firefox could be done better, in my opinion.  Like the google bar, sometimes I'll start typing and it drops down a box of recent history, but I can't keep on typing.  I have to go press escape and then I can start typing again.   

OK, rant over.

Living Room / Recommendations for good computer 2.1 speaker system?
« on: February 09, 2006, 05:43 PM »
I was wondering if anyone here had some good recommendations for a good 2.1 speaker system.  I'm going to use it here at work, so it will be at a fairly low volume, so pristine quality isn't necessary.  I want to keep it under $100, maybe even $50, if possible.

I have these speakers that go under my flat panel monitor from Dell, but there's no subwoofer, so I want something with a subwoofer (and I can't justify the company paying for it).  Anyway, I'm looking at the following, but any other recommendations are welcome:
-Dell A425, or A525 (by Altec Lansing, I can find some on ebay)
-Various Logitech 2.1 speakers

That's all I know of so far.  Thanks.

General Software Discussion / Question for Excel experts...
« on: February 08, 2006, 05:57 PM »
I have a spreadsheet that was written by someone a long time ago, and I'm kind of trying to reverse engineer it.  I'm trying to see what he's doing by following the formulas.  But there are so many cells to navigate there some kind of way to generate a list that tells me what the formula in each cell is?  Something like

Cell M1 = A1+B1
Cell M2 = A2+B2

And so forth.  I just want a list so I can quickly follow everything without having to jump around forever.

Thanks for any help.

I don't know if this is a good idea, but I wanted to start a thread where we can all just brainstorm about note-taking software.  Anything you want to say, wishlist of features, what you like about existing programs, what you'd like the ideal program to do.  I know a lot of us would like to see a good review of this genre done here at DC, and we all know how hard that would be to accomplish, so maybe this thread could be a place where ideas can be collected.

In my opinion, it would be absoutely impossible to do a traditional review where we'd pick a couple of programs as the "best in this category.  Everyone has different needs for this type of software.  I think the review will ultimately have to be such that we subcategorize the software out there and say, "Well, if <this> is what you're trying to do, then <this> is the best software for it."  So, different programs can be categorized as the "best" depending on what specific task is trying to be accomplished.  There's no way we can collectively pick one program as the ultimate.  Heck, if it was just me, I can't even say which program is the best for me!

Mini-Reviews by Members / Addressbook Software Mini-Shootout
« on: February 03, 2006, 05:23 AM »
Addressbook Software Mini-Shootout

I've been wanting to do this for quite some time, and so here it is.  Ever since about 2000, I've been on a constant hunt for the perfect addressbook software, and while some come pretty close, none of them come SATISFACTORILY close (personally speaking that is).  I have a fairly strict set criteria for what I am talking about, and here they are:

--The software must be lightweight and minimal on resources (I think most of us here expect this from any software)
--The UI should be as simple and efficient as possible.  No convoluted processes to do simple tasks, and none of that Mac-like bubbly interface which takes up a lot of space without doing much practically.
--The program should be strictly an addressbook.  I'm not looking for a PIM or note-taking utility or any of that other stuff that typically comes bundled with addressbooks or contact managers.  This is strictly an addressbook.  Names, telephone numbers, email addresses, etc. and that's IT!
--Ability to store at least a couple of pictures for each entry.
--Ability to add custom fields.
--A filter-as-you-type search that filters your contacts as you type each letter.  Just like the quicksearch in The Bat!, the PowerMarks search feature, Evernote's search's becoming quite popular now for a lot of programs
--A phone-dialer
--Good import/export capabilities
--Ability to auto-recognize and standardize the formats of certain fields, like phone numbers.  For example, whether you enter a phone number as xxx-xxx-xxxx, or (xxx) xxx-xxxx, or xxxxxxxxxx, it should convert to some standard that you pick.
--When a contact information is displayed in the summary pane, the information should be automatically laid out in an efficient manner.  Blank fields should not be shown, and each field should not be simply displayed in a separate line.  For example, combine first and last name together so it looks like a full name; put the phone numbers in the upper-right hand corner.  Put some addresses below in the lower left-hand corner.  My point is, use the space as efficiently as possible.  Don't simply just list them in a column and not use some space on the right side.  I'll talk about this more in the programs I mention below.

And here are a couple of features that you won't find in any software, but I think would be great for an addressbook software.
--A sophisticated relationship feature that will allow you to link certain fields together when needed.  For example, people in the same family that have the same last name should be able to be linked to a common last name, so that you don't have to edit each last name seperately.  Also, if I say that someone is the husband of someone else, then the wife's entry should automatically add him as the husband also.  Same goes for shared phone numbers, so if 5 people in the same house share a number, that number should be linked, and not entered seperately for each person.
--The other feature is a way of entering contact information into other programs (email messages, documents, etc.)  Some kind of hotkey which would bring up a menu at the cursor position, where you can choose a contact and automatically insert the text at the cursor.  For those of you familiar with clipboard managers, it would work the same way.  I use ARSclip, and I can hit a hotkey which brings up a list of the things in my clipboard, then I just pick one and it is inserted at the cursor.  So, the addressbook software can do the same for, say, email addresses or something.

I've probably tried dozens of these programs, and there are way too many to even list.  But most of them are pretty crappy, and a lot of the others don't really offer anything special, and there are others that do way more than just an addressbook, and some others that look like they were written 20 years ago.  That being said, let me give a brief summary of some of the notable addressbook softwares I have come across:

One of them is called Handy Addressbook.  This program is very simple, fast, and does the job pretty good.  You can enter all the information you want, and you can also add custom fields.  It has a quicksearch feature, but it only goes by the first letter in the last name (or was it the first?  I don't remember).  Either way, it's pretty useless, because let's say you have 7 names that start with "S", it would jump to the first name, and then you'd have to manually scroll down to the one you want.  A lot of these addressbooks do it that way, which isn't really helpful.  All it does is jump the highlighted selection around.  To do a real search, you have to click on a search button, which opens a seperate window, and brings up search results inside that.  I don't like's too slow for something like an addressbook.  Addressbooks should have filters which quickly filters the master list down to the search results, not bring up another window or merely jump the highlighted entry around.  Another thing I didn't like about Handy Addressbook is that you can't add pictures to the entries.  One of the good things about it is it has this Server component which allows you to share your database from a central computer.  Another thing I like about Handy (and all good softwares should do this) is that when it display's the contact information, it will only display the fields that are not blank, so you won't see a bunch of empty fields.

One good freeware addressbook is Phonedeck, from the same guy who did KeyNote.  This one is pretty simple and fast also.  However, the interface is a bit inefficient.  The quicksearch feature is like Handy, where it just jumps around using the first letter of the name...lame.  It supports custom fields which is good.  No picture support.  It's an old piece of software anyway, and a lot of the program feels a bit outdated.  Like I said, it's not very efficiently laid out, by my standards.  But it is relatively powerful, especially for freeware.

One of the interesting programs I came across is HiContact, from GemX, the makers of TexNotes.  This program doesn't exist anymore, but it was kind of cool.  It had a really nonfunctional interface, but I will admit that it was beautiful.  It didn't have any good search capabilities, nor did they make it easy to navigate through address with either the keyboard or mouse.  What was different about the program was they put an unusually heavy emphasis on it's ability to store pictures with the contact entries.  It wasn't just an afterthought like a lot of the other programs that support pictures.  You could zoom in on it.  I think it even had that cool zoom effect that follows the mouse cursor like in Screenshot Captor.  It was just fun and different.  It's layout was also particularly colorful and html-ish.
Now, I'll get into the two programs that I think are the best that is out there right now.  Again, these programs are good but they are still a ways off from being good enough for the extremely me (and you hopefully!).  The two I have chosen are A-book by Xeletrix, and CardScan.

I won't get too detailed about A-book since m_s did a very comprehensive review of it here at DC already:
But I will add my thoughts about it.  A-book is a very good program.  It can do just about everything you need an addressbook to do.  Most of my criticism about it is about subtle functionality issues and other nitpicky items.  It has PLENTY of fields for each entry for addresses, phone numbers, even family members (however it doesn't do any complex linking as mentioned above in my wish list of features).  It also can store a picture for each entry.  However, for some odd reason, you can only see the picture if you double-click the contact to go into it's field-editing dialog.  It doesn't show it in the summary pane, which I felt was kind of dumb.  Another thing about the summary pane I can't stand is that it uses a separate line for each field.
Screenshot - 2_3_2006 , 2_41_39 AM.png
None of these fields (address, number, name) are particularly long, so it doesn't make any use of the width of the screen, and makes the list much longer than it needs to be.  However, the UI in general is very nice, and highly customizable as far as colors, arrangement, and size is concerned.  And while it doesn't have the filter-as-you-type feature I love, it's search routine is pretty fast, and relatively efficient.  One excellent aspect of A-book is it's ability to configure your data in categories with trees and subtrees.  And one entry can be shared in several books, but it still is only one entry so it makes good use of linking.
Screenshot - 2_3_2006 , 2_50_29 AM.png
For example, the same person can be in a "friends" book and "coworkers" book, but it's still just one entry.  One bad part of A-book is that if you have a bunch of contacts that have the same phone number or address (like coworkers) and that number changes, there's no quick way to change them all at once.  This is where my complex relationional linking thing comes into play.  Another bad thing is that you can't add any custom fields to the program.  It's not really a big deal because it has so many default fields, but still, it would be nice.  Of course, like all good addressbook software, it won't display empty fields in the summary pane.  Another aspect of A-book I do not like is that it is (I think) html based or java based in it's programming.  I know that it's summary pane is controlled by html (or xml) because you can change the look of it using xml templates.  I never like java-based programs (or html, I don't know, I'm not a programmer) because they are always slower and bulkier than C++ coded programs (you programmers know what I mean).  For example, as you click on different contacts, there's always a little delay before it appears in the summary pane.  It's annoying.  I hate clicking on something and noticing a delay before the action.  That's why i don't like the fancy fade effects in XP and the menu animation stuff.  But now we're getting personal.

Ok, on to CardScan.  CardScan is great, great piece of software.  Unfortunately, it is not available as just software.  It is one of these software that comes packaged with the hardware they are trying to sell, which in this case is their business card scanner.  So, unless you are willing to spend a couple hundred bucks for an addressbook software (albeit, a good one), then you're out of luck.  Of course, this its biggest drawback.  But I will still review it from a software's standpoint.
Screenshot - 2_3_2006 , 2_53_04 AM.png
My favorite thing about CardScan is that it actually has the filter-as-you-type "QuickSearch".  I love it, you type in a couple of letters of the name, or the first few numbers of the telephone number, or just the city or zip code, and immediately the list filters down to a few contacts and you can quickly find the person you're looking for.
Screenshot - 2_3_2006 , 2_54_29 AM.png
That is highly functional, efficient, and everything that a contact manager search feature should be.  However, I will mention that it's keybaord navigation is not very developed, so you after typing in the quicksearch letters, you have to use the mouse the rest of the way.  But that's ok, I don't think it's geared toward the poweruser market.  While the program is kept up to date, some parts of it still feels a little Windows 95-ish.  The data entry form is very old-fashioned.  It has a ton of fields, and you can add custom fields, although in a pretty convluted way, and only two types of fields like phone numbers and email addresses.  It doesn't have any kind of family members fields like A-book.  You can tell this software is geared towards businesses and not for personal use.  It does allow you to store two pictures per entry, BUT only if you use the scanner that comes with the software (or another scanner).  You can't import pictures that you already have on the computer or anything.  Part of this is because the two pictures are really meant for the front and back of the business card you are scanning, and the software does some OCR stuff to fill in most of the fields.  Also, unlike A-book, the program seems to be written in C++ so everything responds instantaneously.  Also unlike A-book, it's summary pane efficiently organizes the contact info to make good use of the space, I really like that.
Screenshot - 2_3_2006 , 3_02_56 AM.png
However, it doesn't have the complex tree, sub-tree organization that A-book offers as far as categorizing your contacts.  But it kind of makes up for this by being able to have multiple files (contact databases) open at once.
Screenshot - 2_3_2006 , 3_07_56 AM.png

Well, that's about it for my mini-shootout of addressbook software.  I feel like I'm kind of an expert in this area, if I knew how to program, I'd write a really good addressbook software.  I hope mouser or someone will eventually take on this project.  I think that the programming in Screenshot Captor and FindandRunRobot can be used in an addressbook program.  For example, the filter as you type search in F&RR can be used, and the multiple pane layout of SC can be implemented in a contact manager sort of way.  Whatever the case, it's software that really isn't done right yet in anything available right now, and maybe that's because not enough people need or want it, but I think if people saw a good one, they'd use it.

Best E-mail Client / The Bat! (Some constructive criticism)
« on: January 30, 2006, 10:47 PM »
I thought I would offer some constructive criticism for the Bat! in an effort to bring to the forefront some of the issues that I have with it, considering that I just migrated to it after nearly 10 years of dedication to Pegasus Mail.  The Bat really is the most powerful email client available and I'd like to do what I can to further make it the best and most complete email client available.  There may already be solutions to some of the problems I mention, and if you know it, please don't hesitate to share it here.  Being a rookie, I'll admit that i haven't figured everything out.

(1) My first issue is the navigation through the message lists or folders.  My problem mainly arises when you double-click a message to view it in a separate window.  There are two buttons (Follow Next/Previous) and what they do is use the date of the email to go to the next/previous email in the folder.  I find this confusing because "Next" really means the next oldest, and "Previous" means the previous newest email.  In other words, the Next button will send you back in time chronologically, and the Previous button will send you forward in time Chronologically.  I like to read my email in chronological order, so I want next to mean the opposite of what it's doing.  This wouldn't be a problem if those two buttons followed the order that the mailbox is sorted in the window, because then the user can control what the buttons mean simply by changing it's sorting method.  But that feature is not available.  The only way this can be done is if you use the "up/down" key while scrolling through a mailbox with the message preview pane on.  But it would be nice to navigate the same way USING BUTTONS when messages are opened in their own window.

(2) Hotkeys:  programs this powerful generally have a sizeable amount of keyboard shortcuts (hotkeys).  The Bat is no different.  However, most of the hotkeys are preassigned and cannot be changed (except for a handful of "System" hotkeys).  I'm of the opinion, that they should allow the user to make the hotkeys fit their needs.  No big deal, but why not?

(3) Selective quoting in replies.  This is a feature I got used to in Pegasus.  When you reply to a message, typically the entire message gets quoted using the ">" symbol.  In Pegasus, if you highlighted a portion of the original message and then hit reply, you have the option to only have the highlighted portion quoted.  I know that you can just delete the parts you don't want, but it was a real handy feature.

(4) The Help file:  initially, I was extremely disappointed by the help file that comes with the Bat.  However, I later realized that it's better than I gave it credit for.  But it still is not as good as it should be.  I strongly believe that any checkbox and any word that is found anywhere in the preferences or options, should have the exact same word somewhere in the help file with a description of it.  Why add toggles and features and not explain it in documentation?  I think I couldn't find the descriptions of several optionsin the help file or anywhere else.  Also, next to the OK and Cancel buttons in the preferences dialog, there is also a Help button, but all it does is take you to a screenshot of that particular part of the dialog without any explanation of the options there.  The best way to do this, personally, is to have that little question mark button in the upper right hand corner, where you can click it, then click on a option, and have a little ballon explain what that option does.
Also, going back to keyboard shortcuts, the Bat has a lot of them, but there's no section in the help file that lists them all.  They list a few of them, but not all, like they should.  Fortunately, someone else in their forums has compiled a supposedly complete list of them, but it should be an official part of the help file.

Anyway, that's it for now.  I don't mean anything derogatory by all this, I'm doing this in hopes of helping others and helping the developers improve their program.  It's obvious that they care about power and customizability since they have put so many features into their program, so adding some more should be right in line with their philosophy.  Any advice/suggestions is appreciated, and as I become more experienced with the program, I will add more to this thread.

I was wondering if any of you were aware of a good way to migrate mailboxes from one program to another.  I'm trying to go from Pegasus to the Bat.

I've seen the program Aid4Mail, but I was hoping there was a free program, or even just a method of doing it manually.  I know that if my mailboxes were in the Unix format it would work, but they are in the Pegasus 2.x format.

General Software Discussion / How do you organize your email?
« on: January 13, 2006, 12:27 PM »
I'm interested in how some of you powerusers organize your email.  Maybe you can help me come up with a better way, or maybe my way is good enough.  I thought it would be an interesting discussion.

I'm the kind of person that hasn't deleted an email since I started using email about 10 years ago.  I keep it all like a packrat because I consider it part of my personal history.  However, as you can imagine, it gets a bit much.  Here is my organizing philosophy, most of which is accomplished with automatic filtering, some of which is organized manually once or year:

--All of my personal correspondences (friends, family) go into a big "personal" folder.  I don't subfilter at all, it's just one big block of email sorted by date.  If I could thread it like newsgroups, I would, but it's impossible to thread email as well as newsgroups...I've seen no program that can do it (i think it's a limitation in the email protocol itself).

--Email that is not very personal that I consistently get on a large volume gets it's own folder.  Examples of this are emails from discussion groups, or emails related to ebay/paypal, etc.

--I filter out annoying email or other stuff that is not necessarily spam, but still pretty annoying.  This includes things like forwards, and group emails that are not addressed to me personally.  They go into a "forwards" or "misc" folder depending on my algorithm.

--I also keep a two sets of archive folders.  These apply only for my personal folder and outbox folder.  Once a year, I make a new archive folder for that year, one for personal and one for outbox.  I transfer all of that year's messages into the box.  This way, it keeps my personal and outbox mailbox a manageable size and I can always go back and check out older messages I have sent/recieved.

So that is how I do it, I'd be interested in how some of you do it.  I know I have some friends who sort out their emails in separate folders for each contact.  That's a little bit too much for me because then I lose the overall chronological feel to the messages.  Also, most of friends don't save all of their email, just a few that they really want.

Anyone have any particularly strong recommendations for a caller ID software?  Something that will give a popup or something when a call comes, maybe even keep a log of made calls and duration and other nice features, etc.  Thanks!

General Software Discussion / How do you backup your files?
« on: January 03, 2006, 02:15 AM »
I've wondered about this "poweruser" question for a while now, and I know this is the perfect place to get an answer.  I'm wondering how you guys backup your information stored on your computer.  I'm not talking about making an image of your system or anything like, I'm talking about backing up stand alone files, like mp3's, your documents, receipts, pictures, etc.

Up until now, what I always do is have two directories, "new" and "burned".  As you can tell, stuff that gets burned then gets moved from "new" to "burned" so I know that it's been taken care of.  I do this for each category, so for my pictures directory, I have a new and burned directory, and same for "my documents", etc.

But I was looking at software like Genie Backup, and I see that it can "span" or something, where it sounds like I can make incremental backups as necessary.  Like, as my directory grows by about 4 GB, I know it's time to burn another can I just use Genie, and it will automatically detect which files are new/changed, and only burn those on the new DVD?  Is that how it works?

The other problem with that is that I won't be able to tell what is backed up and what isn't just by browsing my files.  If I use the incremental backup way, I feel like I have to ditch my previous "new/backup" method, because otherwise, the program would burn everything because technically they are changing locations.

Anyway, so I was wondering how you guys go about backing up your files.  I just have this feeling that I am going about rather inefficiently.

Does Ad Muncher block those flash ad's that are not pop-ups, but inside the page you are visiting?  Like and myspace has a lot of these, where things will start playing (very loudly, which is extra annoying).  I think all of them are flash related stuff, although I don't know the details.  The only problem is that some flash stuff is necessary for webpages, and some are ads, so I'm wondering if Ad Muncher (or another program) can distinguish.  Right now, I have a plugin for Firefox that blocks anything flash related on a webpage, but a lot of it is stuff I need, like the navigation bar or something.  I hate ads so very much.

Does anyone have any good recommendations for a CPU/RAM meter that can go in the system tray?  Preferably, the program would be very lightweight and not take up too much space.  Thanks.

Finished Programs / DONE: Windows system tray clock replacement
« on: December 28, 2005, 11:30 AM »
Can someone make a small program to replace the system clock in the windows system tray?  Something where we can customize exactly how to display the time and how much information about the date it shows.  I know mouser or someone has a clock utility that goes in the titlebars of windows that does this exactly like I'm suggesting, so maybe they can incorporate that into the system tray.

There are programs out there like 1st Tray Clock, and CLock Tray Skins, but they do too much, with alarms and everything, and they are too expensive for what they do.


Hi, I want to address the need for a good addressbook software.  Let me start off by saying that my idea is more of a coding "meal" than a "snack", but I couldn't find a better place to post.  I think that my suggestion will be more on the scale of something like Screeshot Captor.

For years, I have looked for a simple, yet powerful addressbook software for those of us that use the computer a lot.  Before I get into the features that I am looking for, let me describe what is out there already, and why there isn't something like I'm talking about.  I'm Not talking about the addressbooks that come integrated as part of a larger suite of software such as PIM's, email programs, etc.  I'm talking about a standalone software just for addresses and personal info and that's it, nothing more.  So here are the features I'm looking for:

--Be able to insert email addresses (or other info...telephone #, street address, etc.) wherever the cursor is in whatever program.  This is similar to one of those clipboard managers that can insert text to wherever the cursor, except in this case, it only applies to addresses.  But the program should be called up and used in a similar manner

--The address details for each entry should be fully customizable as far as what fields go in.  (first name, last name, street address, etc., as well as the ability for custom fields of course).

--Should be allowed to attach pictures to entries.

--There should be a live search-as-you-type filter to quickly select the address you want.  And you should be able to search ALL fields, not just the name or something.  This is almost identical to the program PowerMarks, which is a bookmark manager that does exactly what I'm saying here.  In fact, it's so similar that I asked the author of that program to consider making this software, but I don't think he was interested.

--The program should be very lightweight, fast, and SIMPLE!  I can't stress that enough.  Nothing bulky.

--There should be a fairly complex way to share fields of information between different entries.  For example, let's say you have an entry for a husband and a wife.  They have different first names, but same last names, same address, different email addresses, different cell phone numbers.  So there should be some way to link the common information together and keep the other information separate.  And by "link" I really mean link, not just copy the same field.

I guess there are some other little features I have in mind, but that is the basic idea.  I just want to see if anyone would be interested in this.  Like I said, I have searched for years for something like this but I have found nothing.  I am not a programmer or else I would love to take this on.  I really think this can benefit a lot of people.  I want to bring up the program PowerMarks again because I envision this software to be almost exactly like this program except it would be used for addresses instead of bookmarks.  I look forward to hearing from anyone.

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