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Skrommel's Software / Re: HideDesk requests ..
« on: November 01, 2007, 05:33 PM »
I have a copy of that "original" hidedesk that you refer to.

General Software Discussion / Re: PalmOS Software Development/IDE
« on: October 31, 2007, 11:37 PM »
I've used NsBasic for several years and versions, and it has performed well with some complicated commercial applications that I've written.

Palm also has a developer site, which you can register for free (last time I checked), and download their development environment (C, C++, I think).

Found Deals and Discounts / Star Sonata Game
« on: October 22, 2007, 01:43 AM »
I came across this site today. It says they are offering unlimited free play up to level 20. I was wondering what people thought of it?
I'm not affiliated in any way, and I am just downloading it now.

Free Download, Unlimited Free Play
The whole universe is open for free to players for an unlimited length of time, however, eventually you will hit level 20, past which a subscription is required to continue gaining levels.

Ability to tame differently on startup, perhaps for the 1st 30 minutes or so.

Able to drastically tame some apps (even suspend) based on number of times exceeding a threshold CPU/memory/etc.

Different rules for battery power versus plugged in.

Able to manually invoke the "battery power" taming mode (for overnight updates, or when I want computer to stay cool.)   Actually, a better approach might be to allow forcing the CPU to downshift to a lower speed. Many laptops have this built in, based on power settings, etc.

able to collect and graph statistics on specific programs over time (days or weeks perhaps). Also, able to collect info on ALL programs for specified time interval (minutes, hours...)

I just know a very little CSS, so I while I like the immediate feedback the program gives (if you know what you're doing), it didn't help me with adjusting a Joomla site (where the style sheets are nested and seemingly very indirect...).

So, does anyone have a good alternative suggestion? I'd prefer free because I don't know CSS, and I am currently a student in China, but would pay if it really does help me get something working correctly. I've downloaded a couple trial programs yesterday, but haven't had time to also test them

One thing I didn't like was that when attaching to a web site, it would report errors "on line #70, for example. It has no way to actually open up the source and "view" line 70... It DOES "mark" invalid sections in the structured window pane. but that doesn't tell me what it was trying to do :(

General Software Discussion / Re: In need of "desktop icon folders"
« on: September 28, 2007, 01:48 AM »
Perhaps I don't understand the original question, but if I read it literally, I already do that just with Windows. Right click on the desktop and select "New Folder". Put any number of icons (shortcuts) within it. Change the view to icon view (if you like pictures). That's it. All your shortcuts inside a folder.

For an added step, you can then MOVE your folder down to the task bar quick launch area. To do this, you have to RIGHT click and HOLD, drag the folder down over the quick launch area (the one next to the START button), look for a black vertical line/bar and then release it. The reason to look for the bar (may need to move left or right a little) is so that you don't drop it into another program. When you release, a menu will pop up asking if you want to copy or move. Select MOVE.

To add new items after moving to the quick launch area, just open it first.

This way, the folder is accessable even when other programs are running, without any need to minimize, etc.

If you don't have a quicklaunch area, you can right click on the bottom taskbar, go to "Toolbars", and click to enable it.

I once had a Bengali keyboard popping up whenever I started up my Tablet Computer. Problem is that I didn't have Bengali installed, and the keyboard was all blank characters. This meant that I could not sign into my Tablet for 3 days, until I figured out how to shift keyboard modes...

About a year later, I happened to uninstall ALL languages (except original English), and then reinstall the one extra one that I currently use (Chinese). From that day on, my Bengali keyboard disappeared.

So, that's my last suggestion to try. Need to reboot between, of course. You could do a system restore point before any of this, if you need. Also, I assume you'll have your Installation CD handy if you need to reinstall any languages. (I thought you mentioned you had Korean support).

I know IE has extra language support, but I don't have a clue as to whether or not that would apply here...

Have you tried setting compatibility mode to Windows 98SE, etc?

Just create a PIF shortcut (should happen automatically for 16 bit apps anyways), then check properties, and change the compatibility mode.

That always works for me on programs or old games.

Check the following (didn't see any mention of this on this page...)

Regional and Language Options
Advanced Tab
Check "Language for non-Unicode programs" is set to English and "Apply settings..."

Languages Tab
Click "Details" and verify "Default input language" is English
Click "Advanced" tab. I currently have "Extend support.." checked and "Turn off advanced..." unchecked

Regional Options Tab
I have "English" for regional defaults.
You can set your "Location" also for some reporting services.

It can help to CHANGE the options, save, then CHANGE BACK. This ensures registry settings are all applied.

The first item is the one that helped me in a similar situation, where install programs would run in German, when I didn't even have the language loaded. But, at one point, a friend had used the computer in German for a little while and it got set somehow.

Found Deals and Discounts / DoNotDisturb program giveaway
« on: September 13, 2007, 01:27 AM »
The "Business of Software" blog (I'm not affiliated in any way) is giving away a program called "DoNotDisturb" for free. He bought rights to give the program away for several months from the author, which I found interesting.

They also have a free ebook for downloading.

You have to (as far as I can tell) fill in an information form.

There's a very tiny link at the bottom of the registration form for the ebook, if you want to get both in one go. I've downloaded but not yet tried the program.

General Software Discussion / Re: Realtime Screencasting Software
« on: September 07, 2007, 07:35 AM »
Looks like a good candidate for a "comprehensive review". I'd like to see that (but don't have the time to produce it).

I've used this one:
and (which is remote control, but it means two people can collaborate on one computer)

General Software Discussion / Re: A "Wiki Word" add-in for MS Word?
« on: August 27, 2007, 10:15 PM »
I read something about a product called "ZuluPad" which sounds similar to what you want. Don't know if it would have an "export" to Word function, etc. but you could contact the author. There's an open source version (according to here: and a paid version. I don't know anything much about either program.

As far as rewriting the macro...  Word already has internal linking, and the macro is doing text searching (but not efficiently). I thought you could just generate the links.

Actually, probably best to ask on one of Microsofts Word forums.

DcUpdater / Automatic license application and full catalog
« on: August 10, 2007, 04:15 AM »
Appologies if both these suggestions already posted. It's too slow to scroll through all messages, which is a lame excuse, I know..

1) I'd like if it would download a full description (pad) of all programs once, and then be able to download only changes, etc. I saw the other post about downloading just the version. My point is that the program have a complete catalog of all programs to browse offline as it were. It's hard for me to visit the site often.

2) If I saw a new program, I'd like to be able to download it (it's an "update" from nothing, right?) and then automatically apply my license file to it.

General Software Discussion / Re: A "Wiki Word" add-in for MS Word?
« on: August 10, 2007, 03:49 AM »
Ah, I misread the request then. He wants something for Word.  I knew what a "wiki word" was. :-[

I just just use Ctrl-K. I highlight the phrase I want hyperlinked, and press ctrl-k to pop up the hyperlink editor, and then paste in the link, if needed. If the link is already in the clipboard, it puts it in for you.

I suppose one could make a keyboard macro to do this too.

If it's a macro to scan the word document and generate hyperlinks, that shouldn't be too hard. I have one that converts chinese tone markings (numeric) into tones (letters). It basically scans all text and does the appropriate replace. The same code should be modifyable to do something like this. You can get the macro source from Just look for the word macro...

General Software Discussion / Re: A "Wiki Word" add-in for MS Word?
« on: August 10, 2007, 01:48 AM »
TWiki has something that supports a lot of Word imports, also something for Excel. However, the plugin is now obsolete (I believe), because they've integrated it into their standard WYSIWYG editor.

I'm not familiar with "Wiki Word", if that's a product.

General Software Discussion / Re: RSS Reader?
« on: July 02, 2007, 10:17 PM »
I tried about 6 or 7 different readers for some clients. I settled on RssOwl, and I'm running the 2.0 (beta 6) version, which is written as an RCP app using Eclipse. They're supposed to be adding newsreader support into the product too, but I haven't tried that part of it.

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