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It's been ages since I've been able to visit the Lounge. I get the dreaded "-- Unable to load messages due to high load. Please try again--" message. I can look at latest threads in the Lounge by clicking the links on the main page, but I haven't been able to lurk on the forum itself in awhile (as in a few weeks).
I've just discovered Windows PowerShell...all I can say is, wow! It's truly amazing how much stuff it does. I'm only discovering it now because I skipped Vista. I've lately been learning Linux and Posix with the Subsystem for Unix-based Applications that comes with Windows which you get your own *nix running inside your Windows...they depend a lot on 'shells'...Bash shell, C shell, Korn shell etc so I've been messing with shell scripting a bit and learning what they do.
Then I came across PowerShell...you can do anything with it.
There should be a forum on CodeProject for PowerShell
based on viewing CP pages in: IE9 release, Chrome Canary latest build
This really is getting picky, but I would like to observe:
1. on a forum like the Lounge
2. on the top (global site) Search text-entry box that includes a 'magnifying glass' icon at the right margin: this icon is never a functional ui element.
For better and for worse, most folks are socialized to expect any icon to have some function, and I'd wager that many users, as I did until I realized what was going on, will be puzzled why clicking on the icon does nothing, leaves the menu dropped-down, does not initiate the search.
Ideally, imho, both the search function within a forum (as in the Lounge), and site-wide would have identical top-level user interfaces, or be combined into one UI.
If you are going to drop-down a menu presenting a choice of modes, and keep it open on the site-wide search, I'd prefer to have the choice of selecting multiple search targets: i.e., via checkboxes rather than one-only-mode via radio-buttons: it appears to me that functionality is already available on CP.
For me, it would be just as useful to have only one search UI per web page, with no drop-down options, and then, as now, present options for refining the search results, and advanced search, in the results-of-search page.
Or, what I'd like best, would be to make the icon at the right edge of a unified search function UI trigger Advanced Search, substituting a more "mnemonic" icon for the magnifying glass. That way I could do "quick and dirty" searches assuming a default search-target of the current active forum just by typing in some text and hitting enter: and could engage the Advanced Search function as needed by entering my search-text, then clicking the icon.
 I note that Chrome (Canary) does not have a magnifying glass icon, or any other icon, next to the address bar to trigger search.
I think that's a damn good thing, since the magnifying glass is an icon used for both changes in view (as in PhotoShop, etc.), and for triggering search. Aside: I think not having a top-level menu entry for 'view' parameters is a design flaw in Chrome/Canary.
 Whether there "should be" a graphic UI element of any type to trigger search, whether one can assume that all users today know that you hit return/enter to trigger search ... that's an open question.
"Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of
meaning." C.S. Lewis
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