Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


I will quote one email sent to me from my trial program user which have some problems.
I'm running a trial version of Shixxnote, and it appears that I can send notes from Windows 7 computers to Windows XP computers, but I can't do the opposite - send notes from Windows XP computers to Windows 7 computers on my network. Is this a known issue? Do you have any troubleshooting steps I can take? My firewall is disabled on all computers.
 This is not a first time that I've receive this kind of mails. Always one computer can send note but can not receive note or otherwise. Problems with sending or receiving notes in your LAN, that is this article about. I will try to help you and write you solutions for that kind of problems with ShixxNOTE

Also you will read how my customer above solve the problem. So when you install ShixxNOTE in your LAN of few computers but some of them have different kind of Windows OS. Maybe you will expirience problem like my customer did. He could send notes from Windows 7 computer but he could not receive notes from Windows XP computers. Than I wrote him simple steps to check and to solve the problem.

Considering that I have customer with same problem I wrote him this, because my previous customer has also some troubleshoot and we solve the problem.

I have one customer who just renamed computer name on Windows Seven and then after that he could send note to everybody. So I wrote my trial user that he tries this solution also. And guess what that also solved his problem. I don't know why but problem was somewhere in WORKGROUP, because Windows 7 is new OS he could only send note but not receive. If you ever have this kind of problem please first do this just rename the name of your computer. Here is the screenshot where you can see how to change your computer name in Control Panel.

How to change your computer name on Windows 7
How to change your computer name on Windows 7
So this is my first advise to you if you have similar problems with ShixxNOTE But also if this doesn't work that try this.

Check on every computer which are using program if they have same workgroup.

Try to send note directly to yourself, open "Send note to ..." dialog and write your computer name in recipient list. After you click on send button you must receive identical note.

Finally first thing I always advise is to check Windows Firewall settings on every computer running ShixxNOTE Program is written in C++ and is using port 2000 to send and receive notes. And If Windows 7 comp doesn't have open port 2000 then you will be not able to receive notes.

That was all I want to share with you if you have some problems with sending and receiving notes.

Kind regards,

Ozren Sirola
ShixxNOTE program author

Monday, October 07, 2013

Title and Close menu

Maybe you know maybe you not about "Title menu" and "Close menu". I've created one simple note to show you those two menus.

So now when I have note created I will show you both of them. When you right mouse click on a note title you get "Title menu" like this one on the image below.

As you can see I set alarm and expiration on this note. Now you can see small and simple title menu. Here you can edit title text, select title font and set title text color. Also cool item is "Roll up" I hope you know what is this. "Roll up" shortcut is to double click (left mouse) on the title. Later you will see image of this note rolled up.

On image above you can see "Close menu" which you get when you click on small square icon located on the title right. Same as on previous menu you get "Roll up" item with "Hide note" and "Delete note" items. If you didn't know you can remove this menu in the program settings, under "General settings" tab. There you have two questions regarding this close icon and close menu. "Show close button in the note title right corner" default is "Yes" and "Disable menu on note close button click" default is "No". This are default settings but you can change it and remove close icon or just remove close menu. Your choice. If you like default settings then like me I click on the "Roll up" menu item and get this image below.

Now my note is rolled up. But you can see note title text, also info about alarm and expiration if you move mouse under alarm or expiration icons. Also you got now "Roll down" icon and in the "Title menu" note there is "Roll down" item now.

That is all you have to know about title menu and close menu. I hope you are satisfied, because maybe you learn something you didn't know.

Kind regards,

Ozren Sirola
ShixxNOTE Program Author

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Send note to recipient anonymously

If you want to send a note anonymously to someone or to a group of note recipients read this article. By default ShixxNOTE is working like this, for example imagine local network with many computers in it. Your computer name is "STEVEN-PC" and you want to send note to computer "PETER-PC". You will write some text on note and with ShixxNOTE option "Send note to" - "Other" you will add "PETER-PC" in your recipients list and you will click send button. User of the computer "PETER-PC" is some guy Peter. Then Peter will receive note and he will see that received note is from computer "STEVEN-PC", also on a note title there will be time stamp and immediately he will have new note menu option "Reply to STEVEN-PC". But lets say that Steven user of the "STEVEN-PC" computer doesn't want anybody to know that he is a sender. Steven for some reason wants to send anonymous note to few of his co-workers.

To send anonymous note you can do it always when you are in "Send note to" - "Other" dialog where you can change "Sent from:" drop down list and select "Anonymous" so nobody can not trace to you. But now I will show you how you can set in ShixxNOTE program "Anonymous" as a default setting. Right mouse click on a ShixxNOTE tray icon which is located at your taskbar to get program main menu. From main menu select  "Settings" and  then go to "Network settings" tab.

There you find drop down list "Default sent from:" where default is "Computer name". That is a program default setting so if you are sending note to other they will see your computer name in menu item "Repy to COMPNAME". But if you select "Anonymous" in that list then yours recipients will receive exactly the same note as you have on your screen, with the same text in the note title. Which is different because normally text in title show you time when note has arrived and also note font is set to Arial Narrow. So simply select "Anonymous" in the list and click on a "Save and apply changes". From now on notes sent from your computer will not have time stamp, Arial Narrow font and note will be without "Reply to ..." note menu item.

Sometimes it can be usefull to be anonymous in this Big Brother world which is surrounding us :-)

P.S. As you have noticed you can select also your "IP Address", "E-Mail" or "Name" when you can put any name which will be then showed to recipient.

Kind regards,

Ozren Sirola
ShixxNOTE Program Author