Saturday, December 23, 2023

NotesTracker renaissance (December2023)

NotesTracker was originally developed by Asia/Pacific Computer Services (APCS) and launched initially around the turn of the century.

In 2013, AGE Computer Consultancy (AGECOM) took over the sales and support of NotesTracker, up until 2021 when they ceased operations.

Since NotesTracker offers unique value to the HCL Notes/Domino application development community, APCS has decided to resume sales and support of NotesTracker in order to fill this gap in application design tools. Progress will be careful, and steady in order to maintain our extremely high design, coding and usability standards.

We are working towards making the NotesTracker's unique capabilities available again to the HCL Notes/Domino community.

Watch this blog for news about NotesTracker version 7.


Saturday, July 29, 2023

Delight over this insight into hindsight and foresight


CS168047 - "The boss wants me to create a computer algorithm that converts hindsite into foresight."

Yet another incisive comment by Aaron Bacal 1939-2015 (professionally known as Aaron Bacall).

As shown here a man of many talents.

I especially like that he was a chemistry teacher, since I was one too (in Victoria, Australia, during the 1960s, before I joined IBM in 1970).

Find out more about his work bt doing a web search like this.

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Supposed "New Amazon Browser" deceptive e-mail threat

If you use any of the Amazon services, this may be of value to you.

Today (30 April 2023) I received an unsolicited e-mail as per the following screenshot:




Clicking on the top of the two highlighted links doesn't open a page on the offocial website, but instead opens the URL shown in the top arrow, which actually opens URL  which presents a "Save As" dialog that invites you to download and run the executable AmazonBrowser.exe

Clicking on the second link similarly does not visit a page on the official website either, but presents a prompt inviting you to open a spreadsheet file named invoicedue/xlsm

Of course, I didn't take up either of these invitations, because I'm sure they would have caused malware.and/or scamware to get installed and run on my Windows system.

So be on th elookout and avoid what seems to be yet another instance of online threats (which probably won't be restricted to just Amazon).

Thursday, April 20, 2023

TIP - the key misunderstood step needed to rearrange multiple displays in Windows

For years I have been using multiple monitors on my Windows desktop systems, as in the following photo for Windows 7, more than a decade ago, when I used four 1920x1080 (FHD) displays, all in landscape mode:

You have to configure multiple monitors so that Windows knows their relative positions (it has access to their resolutions via device properties of each display).

The animated GIF below shows how you carry out the relative positioning under Windows 10 (Windows 11 is similar, earlier versions of Windows looked slightly different).

These days I use larger 1920x1200 (WUXGA) monitors, with the rightmost monitor in portrait mode (better for long lists and tall documents):

You use the "Identify" button to show the device number that Windows has given to each monitor.

People seem to encounter trouble with using the mouse to drag-and-drop the rectangles during this relative positioning of displays, I can tell you that I did myself early on when I started using multiple monitors It can be a little tricky to get the relative positions to "sticK" (a web search like this reveals the annoyance that it has caused some people).

The key action, as demonstrated above, is to drag each rectangle right across the border of the adjoining rectangle and release the mouse button.

After that the rectangle that was being dragged springs back and leaves a small visual gap between the two rectangles. It seems that his gap causes people to keep trying to get the two rectangles to touch each other, but you just have to get used to the fact that this is not how it works.

The procedure often fails of you merely drag each rectangle near bit not right across the border of the adjacent rectangle.

I hope the above tip resolves this annoying issue for you.