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How about a sub-Forum for techie questions?
« : 24.07.04 at 17:47 »
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I was trying to think where to post the following question and decided that somewhere there needed to be a forum or subforum for such questions.
 
The question in question is: Do I need my own website to be able to include a picture in my profile? If so, any ideas about how to get a (free) one?
 
Other techie questions that have popped up over the years include things like advice on software for copying LPs to CD etc. Given the high level of computer-literacy amongst MVs it would be really useful for to have an off-topic forum covering computer-related questions.
 
Here's another one - how often will messages be removed from the threads for archiving and will it be possible to save messages to one's own hard drive so as to build up a lasting record (like Simon I have pretty well every MV posting apart from the odd ones missed when Eudora decided to go awol for the odd day). Why do I want such a record? Cos I'm a completist of course!
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Re: How about a sub-Forum for techie questions?
« Reply #1: 24.07.04 at 17:48 »
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Darn five postings and still only one star!
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Re: How about a sub-Forum for techie questions?
« Reply #2: 24.07.04 at 18:01 »
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Leslie -- if you've nowhere to host an image, I'll do it for you on peteatkin.com. Mail me the image (.gif or .jpg, and bear in mind that if it's larger than 65 x 65 it'll be automatically resized), I'll upload it and send you the link.
 
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« Reply #3: 24.07.04 at 18:05 »
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Thanks Steve - I'll do that!
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« Reply #4: 24.07.04 at 18:10 »
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Craving the indulgence of the many Windows-literate amongst you, can anyone help me with the following?
 
I get really frustrated whenever I use a Load or Save As dialogue in MS programmes. The window is tiny so I often can't see the file I want to load/rename, and the display always defaults to an alpha list. Every time I find myself scrolling across the get to the data column, clicking on the date bar to change the sort order, then finding the file I want - frequently a recent one.
 
Does anyone know of a fix/add-on that will enable both bigger (including wider to avoid sideways scrolling) dialogue boxes and allow the default sort order/display to be changed, perhaps to "last used"?
 
Incidentally I'm using XP but the same thing happened with Win98. It's really annoying not being able to take advantage of the real estate on a large screen.
 
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Re: How about a sub-Forum for techie questions?
« Reply #5: 24.07.04 at 18:37 »
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on 24.07.04 at 17:47, Leslie Moss wrote:
The question in question is: Do I need my own website to be able to include a picture in my profile? If so, any ideas about how to get a (free) one?

Steve has already come up with a solution, but in general for free photo-hosting (including 'avatar' images), I'd highly recommend PhotoBucket - a simple, free site that allows you to upload pictures from your hard disk.  It even provides the correct syntax to be able to add the images to your forum post!
 
If you need any help using the site, let me know and I'll produce a quick 'how-to'.
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Re: How about a sub-Forum for techie questions?
« Reply #6: 24.07.04 at 18:59 »
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on 24.07.04 at 18:10, Leslie Moss wrote:
Does anyone know of a fix/add-on that will enable both bigger (including wider to avoid sideways scrolling) dialogue boxes and allow the default sort order/display to be changed, perhaps to "last used"?

I don't know of a solution to make the file chooser dialog boxes bigger (although I bet there is one!) but you can save the order in which files are displayed.
 
To do so, open an explorer window (that is, a folder window such as My Documents, not an Internet Explorer window), and sort the files in the order which you would like to always display them as (right-click, arrange icons by).
 
Then go to the Tools menu, 'Folder Options'.  Click the 'View' tab, and then choose the 'Apply to all folders' button.
 
You may need to restart any open applications for this change to take effect.
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Re: How about a sub-Forum for techie questions?
« Reply #7: 24.07.04 at 19:14 »
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on 24.07.04 at 18:59, Snoopy wrote:

I don't know of a solution to make the file chooser dialog boxes bigger (although I bet there is one!) but you can save the order in which files are displayed.

 
Sorry Snoop, I didn't make myself clear. I meant that I wanted to change the default sort order of the dialogue box itself. I have no probs with Explorer folders, using the same method you suggested.
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« Reply #8: 24.07.04 at 19:16 »
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I've found a couple of programs that have the ability to resize the Windows file dialog boxes.  They both have more features than ideal, and they're both only free to try.  I probably wouldn't put either of them on my machine (I generally find things that try and integrate with the Windows shell more trouble than they are worth) but if you'd like to give them ago, they are:
 
XFilesDialog
 
FileBox eXtender
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« Reply #9: 24.07.04 at 19:17 »
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on 24.07.04 at 19:14, Leslie Moss wrote:

 
Sorry Snoop, I didn't make myself clear. I meant that I wanted to change the default sort order of the dialogue box itself. I have no probs with Explorer folders, using the same method you suggested.

Leslie - that changes the order in the dialog boxes as well!  Or at least, it does on my machine (WinXP).
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« Reply #10: 25.07.04 at 13:58 »
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I promise to be good from now on and think about which thread posts should go into.  Just realised I'm all over the place.
 
Is it inevitable, I wonder, that the conversation will be "more chatty" given this style of communication?
 
No bad thing, of course.  But this may be a social (rather than technical) consequence of the changed format?
 
Nightmare to keep totally on topic 100% of the time, given this?
 
The moderators might need a common policy.
Just thinking....
 
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Re: How about a sub-Forum for techie questions?
« Reply #11: 25.07.04 at 18:28 »
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At the risk of complicating matters, this forum needs to be split into specific threads covering the various topics.  That will greatly assist others in finding them.
 
Perhaps those posting to this forum could start a new thread for each technical issue and then others can find them easily.
 
I am quite familiar with YaBB so I am happy to assist in answering technical questions relating to its usage.
 
Incidentally, the fact that you have to host pictures somewhere else is one of the worst aspects of YaBB.  The lack of a spell-checker being another!
 
That said, I still like it much more than the email list and am likely to make more of a contribution this way ... which may not be a good thing! Grin
 
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« Reply #12: 01.08.04 at 19:28 »
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Steve,
Now you are almost live, perhaps you'd like to update your testcard to a colour one.
You may use mine at http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v423/bobtaylor/testcardf.jpg  
which I'll only use for the purpose of this reply.
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Re: How about a sub-Forum for techie questions?
« Reply #13: 01.08.04 at 19:36 »
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Well thank you Bob. I guess I'm a Test Card C man at heart, having gone into the broadcast business in 1966 when that was current. Actually I pinched this one off JtJ's Website, having been looking for a juggler logo to animate (before he did). But I think if I change it'll be to T/C M, the animated digital widescreen one! -- Steve
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« Reply #14: 01.08.04 at 21:43 »
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I'm flattered!
 
But actually, I think this one's the best:
 
http://www.circusunlimited.com/cu%20webcam%20archive/4-3-2004-1.jpg
 
....but then I WOULD wouldn't I?
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« Reply #15: 02.08.04 at 17:37 »
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Alexis, any idea why your pic is not showing in my browser???  Everyone else's appears to be OK.
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« Reply #16: 02.08.04 at 17:57 »
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Yes, ironically, my own webhosting is currently AWOL due to DNS issues!  Roll Eyes
 
Hoping to have it fixed in the next day or two.
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« Reply #17: 02.08.04 at 21:55 »
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I am testing a new tag line.
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« Reply #18: 02.08.04 at 21:55 »
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Stop padding your post count up!  Wink
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« Reply #19: 02.08.04 at 22:02 »
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Curses!
 
I've been rumbled!
 
No, serious Snoop, I'm not used to these things....it's a voyage of discovery, believe me.
AND my preferred learning style is Activist!  Wink
 
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