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Rjbull, that looks good thanks - I'll give it a try.

General Software Discussion / Re: virtual display utility
« on: March 01, 2010, 04:17 AM »
There are some mentioned if you search at the eeePC forum at
eg (searching on forum: eeePC and Windows XP)
1. MoveMe


2. Softswitch


thanks rjbull, I did. Rectified now, placeholder looks excellent.

General Software Discussion / Re: Why the aversion to .NET Frameworks?
« on: February 18, 2010, 01:37 AM »
Here's what happened to me (from memory), as a non-technical "user".
At some point I got stuck in a betwixt net 2 and net 3 limbo - nay, HELL. I wanted to install net 3, it wouldn't let me.
I thought I'd uninstall net 2, then net whatever was below and start afresh... it wouldn't let me for reasons I couldn't fathom, since I was responsible for installing all prior versions of the bloody thing.. Couldn't go forward, couldn't go back.
  I needed net 3 for such a simple little utility (size and scope) and it caused me such "out of all proportion "angst".
So I don't like the net framework (more correctly, I don't TRUST what may happen sometime in the future) and avoid anything needing it if possible, even if the net framework is God's gift to the computing world.

thanks. I searched the forum, for all the wrong terms obviously. Was tempted to search for "thinggie to help me read"
The Assistive software works, maybe slight overkill for my needs.
Re big cursor, that would be clever but my initial reaction was that cursor size must have limits.
Think I'll put my (pathetic) AHK skills to the test and try to come up with something myself.

 Is there a simple piece of software (AHK maybe) which will draw a horizontal bar on the screen, level with the cursor, so help reading long lines of text in large articles?
 The idea would be to slowly move the cursor down the screen as you read, with the horizontal bar also moving accordingly.

General Software Discussion / Re: Bartels Media paranoia
« on: February 13, 2010, 06:32 PM »
I often invest energy in trying to prove I'm right - the more so when I'm frustrated be cause no one can see MY "correct" point of view. BAD habit!
My partner sometimes points this out to me. Trying to prove I'm right comes at a cost of proving how I'm so wrong (albeit on another level, connected with humility and generosity of spirit maybe).
I like DC because I rarely see ego trump topic
I have had sympathy for both camps in this thread and am mighty pleased if ,truly, it becomes a learning experience for all of us (including me as observer, being reminded of my own faults)

Thank you very much Volodymyr for your generosity, and also Carl for your work putting all these things together. And Donationcoder ...for just being Donationcoder.
I had a project in mind and AllMyNotes will be ideal for it, so again, thanks and much appreciated.

Living Room / Re: Simple problem, is there a simple answer?
« on: December 24, 2009, 05:30 AM »
thanks for those suggestions...I'm sitting on the steps outside a library which is closed for xmas to get access, with my eeepc. Boxing day, I'll be back, INSIDE, to try out some of those options. At the moment, I've removed from starting up everything I think is non-essential. Process explorer, on-line scan sound like the options to try next when I can.
Again, thanks, and have a joyful and peaceful Christmas.

Living Room / Simple problem, is there a simple answer?
« on: December 23, 2009, 04:52 AM »
When I startup win xp, clicking (left or right) items in the taskbar or system tray has no effect. Pressing C-A-Delete will then allow normal clicking on the taskbar and system tray.
 This behaviour may recur later, with a similar fix.
 Apart from latest firefox update, no software installed immediately before the behaviour appeared, about 4 days ago, when I was holidaying in Vietnam (could that be a relevant factor??????)
 My first thought, rationally or otherwise was virus/malware/??? - my school, who own this computer and insist on McAfee have, in their wisdom, somehow disallowed scan on demand, so I can't easily scan for a problem.
 Maybe it's something else, but I can't see any "unusual" processes running from the task manager (to my untrained eye that is)
Thanks for any help

General Software Discussion / Re: At last: MP3 Lossless!!!
« on: November 14, 2009, 07:54 AM »
If I wanted to hear a new CD, I would go into a shop in an actual building and put on a giant pair of headphones, or take a seat in their "listening room", and listen to that music in high fidelity sound. At high volumes!

That reminded me of the distinctly unpleasant experiences of going to preview a cd, like you, but so very often, some heavy-techno-metallic-crap would be blaring from speakers in the store so the sound permeated the earphones. So trying to listen to sensitive, subtle piano solos would be hideously interfered with by "musicians" substituting enthusiastic frenzy for skill. I am GLAD those days are past and my music can be a private affair. I'll settle for being able to hear a low quality sample with no background noise.

 On another note, one of the positives of my descent into old age is that I have no need to pay a premium to buy frequencies I can't hear anymore. Nature has now blessed me with mp3 ears.

(Profuse apologies to all the techno-metallic-??? fans I've offended.  ;D)

Hi Nathan,
 thanks for that! My (final year) high school students have just finished their final exams so this information is very topical at the moment here.

Living Room / Re: I'm Going to HELL! Please feel sorry for me... :(
« on: November 09, 2009, 05:38 PM »
I think you are sadly astray in your perceptions of your new (temporary) home.
If we exclude Sydney, and perhaps melbourne, you'll immediately begin feeling better due to clean, fresh air, the feeling of spaciousness, the proximity to nature.
We admittedly do have creatures that we don't want to keep as pets (poisonous spiders and snakes, sharks, crocodiles) but these are much better than bears (and a lot of people I can think of)

 Another good thing you may not have considered is that you'll be able to head straight for the beach if you hurry up and get here. Summer's started, temperatures up to round 108F this week where I am, so that makes the water feel GREAT. Also, its BARBIE WEATHER!!!! Great steak, great local wine - you can't go wrong.

 With the plethora of outdoors, healthy stuff to do, you won't care whether you've got an adsl modem or a 300 bps acoustic coupler. Only thing you'll want to use the net for anyway is checking the weather forecast (is the weather going to be good or great) and for finding out what's on next weekend (what's the venue for the next international cricket match)
 I hope I've reassured you and allayed some of your fears. If not, ask and I'll address your concerns.

Living Room / Re: I'm Going to HELL! Please feel sorry for me... :(
« on: November 09, 2009, 03:10 PM »
lucky bugger.

Living Room / Re: Jessica Williams track wanted ...
« on: November 06, 2009, 07:51 PM »
thanks for your's been sorted out.

Living Room / Re: Jessica Williams track wanted ...
« on: November 06, 2009, 04:21 PM »

We're sorry, eMusic is not available in your country.
We know everyone everywhere loves music and we want to bring the world of music to everyone. But we have to play by the rules and there are many when it comes to the global distribution of music.
Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions we are unable to offer service in your country at this time. We understand that you are currently in Australia (your IP address If this is not where you will be using eMusic, please send an email to [email protected].

A frequently encountered refrain, which grows increasingly annoying. That's reason 1.
Reason 2 is that I USED to have an account with emusic, then cancelled when their policies changed. I was reluctant to rejoin - emusic has now taken the decision out of my hands anyway.

Living Room / Re: Jessica Williams track wanted ...
« on: November 05, 2009, 03:04 PM »
Thanks Innuendo, in that case I ought not go down the buying route I guess.
(Though on second thoughts, I wonder what's the difference between buying it from X, as opposed to appointing X as my agent to purchase on my behalf)

Living Room / Jessica Williams track wanted ...
« on: November 04, 2009, 03:46 PM »
I would really like to get hold of the track "Midnight Sun" from Jessica Williams' album High Standards (1996).
Its available at Emusic, but not to me. Would happily pay / trade (assuming that's legal - if not, wouldn't even think of doing it).

that sounds a great system for you, but if I'm honest with myself, I KNOW sloth triumphs over any other considerations apart from greed perhaps.
So I really know that I will only ever do stuff when I'm forced to, regardless of system. My to-do lists are really just play/me having a lend of myself.
 My final consideration for your system, apart from my main motivators of sloth and greed, there's cowardice, which would come into play when my much feared wife saw mouldy, fungus covered notes all over one of her doors....maybe your system could work for me after all!

... I always saw these things more as stuff to put on the back. Glossary and all that.

Funny how different minds work, I never thought of it that way round

I'm a lowly maths teacher, so take my ideas with a grain of salt, but...
If I wanted my ESL students to read and COMPREHEND a text, I would sort out some vocab problems first. It would make the actual task much simpler if a lot of the vocab discussion/explanation happened up front so interruptions to the narrative were lessened.
 In my maths classes as well, I like to have the vocab sorted out early, so it doesn't get in the way of explaining the maths concepts.
 So, returning to word lists, it's useful to make them from a text and use them in different ways all centering on learning vocab.

General Software Discussion / Re: Add tabbed documents to MS Office
« on: August 29, 2009, 03:45 AM »
I re-installd it, with the idea of disabling it in word... but word seemed to start ok, so I opened a 2nd tab. THEN my display started to get faint lines in it, which got worse and worse as I watched.
Eventally system froze (couldn't kill word) and when I rebooted, it seemed like the computer wanted to change graphics modes, or was cycling thru settings.
 Now I'm in an endless start from last good configuration cycle which never works as the display is completely stuffed.
 Maybe coincidental, maybe not.

General Software Discussion / Re: Add tabbed documents to MS Office
« on: August 27, 2009, 08:22 PM »
I read a warning that it didn't always work, but tried it anyway. On my computer, I find that the area occupied by the ribbon simply disappears with this add on. (thats in word, didn't bother checking excel as I don't want word screwed up)

I have THREE to-do list softwares that work really well for me.
My system is:
1. Select a to-do lister (I have 3 favourites)
2. Populate, and admire the aesthetics.
3. Set to start with windows, remove autostart for any others.
4. Admire the list for about a week or until ennui sets in.
5. Change to new to-do software, set up new to-do list.
6. Admire aesthetics
6. Set to auto start, remove autostart for any others.

The beauty of this system is I actually have to remember stuff to do as I only seem to be able to take in an overall impression of the window and what has to be done doesn't quite register.

Now I'm thinking of it, that's very similar to my note taking efforts ... except I've about 6 repositories for data that needs remembering, and it takes ages to find something Ive noted.
I think I'll add "sort out note-taking" to my next to-do list.


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