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Postby Morty » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:20 pm

Quark wrote:Computing tip of the week: Never go wireless. :evil:


Computing tip of the century: Never go wireless :evil: :evil: :evil:
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Postby Doughnut Jimmy » Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:58 pm

Stupid question but why can't I get quotes to appear in nice boxes? I've tried using the quote button but just end up with this:
[quote]not what I want[/quote]

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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:03 pm

Doughnut Jimmy wrote:Stupid question but why can't I get quotes to appear in nice boxes? I've tried using the quote button but just end up with this:
not what I want


thanks :)


When you make your next post look at the tick boxes below the posting ara and you'll see one with a tick in saying "Disable BBCode in this post" - you need to untick this box as that's what is causing your problems. :wink:
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Postby Doughnut Jimmy » Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:02 pm

Thanks Tony
Disable BBCode in this post"


it works! :D :D
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:05 pm

It should work all the time now, as long as you don't tick that box. :wink:
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Postby Danny B » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:39 pm

Dotsie wrote:I have a software question. Has anyone used any (preferably free) software to merge pdf files? There seem to be a few available, but I don't know which might be the best. Ta.


I've never used any free software that does the job (it's not something I've ever had the need to do, as yet), so I'm only aware of the pro version of Adobe Acrobat, but this site...

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http://www.mergepdf.net/


...does the job online, free of charge. It's a safe and clean site and doesn't require any software downloads or subscriptions to use the service. You can merge up to ten files into one, although no individual file can be larger than 5MB. If that size limit doesn't meet your requirements, I've asked around and one of my friends recommended this software.

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http://www.pdfsam.org/


I haven't used it myself, but I'm informed that it does the job well enough, although it lacks the graphical flourish of Adobe Acrobat. (One of the pitfalls of Open Source software. Does the job, doesn't look too pretty.)

Hope one of those gives you the solution you're looking for. :)
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Postby Dotsie » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:47 am

Thanks, I'll have a go :D
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:20 pm

Morty wrote:
Quark wrote:Computing tip of the week: Never go wireless. :evil:


Computing tip of the century: Never go wireless :evil: :evil: :evil:


um, why?
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
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Postby Quark » Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:55 pm

Because a wire never fails, cuts out, goes on holiday when there's the wrong type of light, overheats, is easily hacked, mysteriously forgets the network code or ignores LANs. Whereas a wireless receiver does all of the above. All. The. Time. :evil:.
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:55 pm

Wired equipment also doesn't cost a fr*gging fortune in batteries either :evil:
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Postby Quark » Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:19 am

Gah! The number of times my wireless keyboard's run out of power because it uses batteries and a solar cell. At least the wireless mouse can be plugged in... :|

The only downside I can see is that stretching a bright blue wire across the house from PC to PC will really hurt the decor. :lol:
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Postby Ponder Stibbons » Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:28 pm

What decor? :lol:
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:41 pm

I don't know if you all realise this, but if you highlight a word when writing a post, you can then click the B=Bold, i=italic, u=underline and the colour and size buttons to customise the word. You only need to highlight it once and even though the highlighting disappears when you click the first button, it is still actually there.

So if I typed the word 'Discworld', highlighted it and then clicked the various buttons I'd get this:

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[size=24][color=red][u][i][b]Discworld[/b][/i][/u][/color][/size]


Which would look like this: Discworld

The same goes for the other BBCode tags. Highlight the text and click on the button and the code will automatically wrap itself around the text.

I highlight 'Discworld' and click the Quote button and get this:

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[quote]Discworld[/quote]


Which looks like this:
Discworld
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Postby Dotsie » Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:46 pm

Top tip Tony! :D
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Postby chris.ph » Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:40 pm

im lucky to be able to type let alone do stuff like that tony :lol: :lol:
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