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Wish #9000
Assignment tray (AT) to close when Lines Punishment starts.

This happens with Jobs and other Punishments. But with lines, the AT remains open behind the Lines window – the one into which you type the lines – and can obstruct the main window, which contains info and instructions.

The AT can be sized and positioned to avoid this, but it must be done before the lines punishment is started (most of mine involve a penalty for aborting) and it must be explained to the sub. All possible. But there's the request. 

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I'll look into it.

Sven

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You did it! Just downloaded beta12. 

I was using Beta8 and the machinery was running very slowly, particularly launching documents. Not sure where the problem was - it may still be happening - but first impression is that the newer version runs more smoothly.

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Hi Sven

Wish #9000.5

The Lines Window blocks popups and procedures on timers etc. I don't think it used to do that.  

With earlier systems, the background window was still available - if you clicked it, the lines window would disappear behind it. That's not possible now. But I'm missing the surprise inspections of posture and progress and so on. I’m sure these used to occur while writing lines. Sub could get a popup call to the study (to discuss merit loss or whatnot) and have to abort the job or hit Done and risk getting busted for MinTime infraction or caught up in some BeforeDone shenanigans and being late to the study. All in the past. These days he can start the job and go for coffee.

I hope I’m right about the facts. Assuming so, I feel quite embarrassed that the change was my suggestion and may have caused problems for others. But since it might be better for still others, I don’t want to be out alone asking for another change!

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Hi Simon,

It's right that I changed it so that so that the sub is not able to do anything else in the program while writing lines. It may be on the background on your request, but it was my decision. It wasn't necessary to fulfil your request. I just discovered that the sub was able to do a lot of other stuff while writing lines, which I didn't think should be possible.

At the same time I introduced MaxLineBreak, exactly to prevent the sub from taking a coffee break. If you have missed it, I suggest that you use that keyword.

Sven

 

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Thanks Sven. I had missed it. ‘Coffee’ is mentioned specifically.

I like the new time pressure. It would be nice if the warning messages could be customised. 

It’s quite a radical change I hadn’t noticed. Max and Mintime procedures are now defunct in lines jobs. There’s no immediate reaction when any timers expire. With thirty-six lines my sub can hold the programme up for a good while (if he doesn't just delete the job). He won’t be hassled with a gee-up message or a reminder about other jobs and so on, and the break time bell won’t sound – he’ll never miss another break while doing lines! Oh Lore and Ramifications.

Anyway, a request with cinnamon sprinkling: could the warning messages be customisable?

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I have thought about how to reply to this. I haven't had any complaints since it was changed in 4.1, except this.

I have added the request for customisable warning request to my wish list. But I will not give it a high priority.

Sven

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Hi Sven

I updated from an older version of VM recently and it took a few days for me to notice the change. The implications seemed big. Sorry to be ungrateful. Composure regained. I feel as many others that it is a privilege to be able to communicate with the creator of this wonderful work, and your generosity so far is more than gift enough for a lifetime.

The timer is actually great. It could develop (as if by magic) into a pre-determined procedure... I should now be quiet. But grammar. One of the warning messages has a rogue period point after the exclamation mark: if this pressing issue should cross your mind at an opportune moment... 😬 

Simon

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If there are syntax errors, I will fix it of course. I will take a look.

Sven