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General Discussion / Re: Tanaka Corpus example sentences
« on: February 02, 2009, 05:25:56 PM »

No one should be using those sentences for serious study.

Stackz - Solved Issues / Re: UTF-8 Exports incorrect format
« on: October 07, 2008, 07:58:30 AM »
Ah, see!  I did report it.  ;D

Thanks for hunting this down for me.  I'm going to go check out that UTF-8 fix too!

The day this new feature was implemented I revived all of my StackZ! files and completely uninstalled Anki.  For me and my learning it represents a real upgrade from when I started using StackZ! 2.5 years ago.

However, there's a poorly implemented feature of Anki that StackZ! could implement very very well.  What I am about to describe is currently implemented on the website Remembering the Kanji.

In total there are 7 stacks.  There are the five stacks that we are all familiar with that give us an overview of how well we know any particular card.  However in RtK there is a stack for cards we have not yet studied or learned.  There is also another stack for cards that we used to know, but have recently failed.

Since programmatically these two new stacks are the same I'll just call it Stack 0.  Stack 0 only has two states.  Never learned and learned (but failed).  Regardless of their state all cards in Stack 0 move to Stack 1 when they are studied and answered "Yes, I know this".

From a user perspective I think the easiest way to visualize this to have seven stacks total.  The far left being cards you have never studied and learn and the one to the right of that being cards that used to be in the main StackZ! but have been failed and need to be restudied.

Thus, in principle, you would use the "Study/Learn" mode of StackZ! on the left two stacks and the "Test" mode on the right 5.

Alternatively, since changing the number of stacks might be a pain from the interface perspective it would still be nice to allow this sort of visualization.  That is the first stack is never studied cards, the second is failed cards, the next two are the same as the current second and third stacks, then the final stack is a combination of the last three stacks.  (This system only works well if you start doubling the time taken after stack 3.  Since research shows that's a good system anyway it's not a big limitation.)

Stackz - Solved Issues / Re: Export output incorrect
« on: October 07, 2008, 07:35:20 AM »
Thanks for insisting! I'll check the code for similar issues, the next version will include an improved version.

For some reason the combination of editors I use must really dislike that.  I'm currently using EmEditor which assumes its a Macintosh file and so it ends up doing word line, blank line, word line, blank line, etc...

I apologize for not realizing that it was actually CR CR LF.  I ended using a hex editor to find the problem and even had a small C# application to clean it up. :)  (Thus the reason why it never really bothered me.  I just kind of got used to the extra cleaning step.)

PocketStackz - Bug Reports / Re: Licence key valid for how long???
« on: October 03, 2008, 07:59:15 AM »
Just put in your key again.

Stackz - Solved Issues / Export output incorrect
« on: October 03, 2008, 07:57:00 AM »
This bug has been around for years.  It's at least 2.5 years old since that is when I bought Stackz!  I really thought I reported it but since it showed up in Stackz 7 I'll try again. :)

If you export UTF-8 text the order of the CR+LF is reversed.

On Windows it should be CR (0x0D) and then LF (0x0A) but for some reason Stackz gets it backwards.

(It's worth noting that no operating system has ever used LF+CR so this bug is especially puzzling.)

The Stackz Wordlists / Re: What wordlist is missing most?
« on: October 03, 2008, 07:52:36 AM »
NHK is now broadcasting a show for learners of Japanese called エリンが挑戦 (Called "Erin's Challenge" in Japanese bookstores and "Getting into Nihongo" in NHK's weekly schedule).

I love that show!  I record it religiously.

If someone has a transcript of this show, perhaps he could create a file for each episode containing the most difficult words a mid-beginner (Let's say, someone who has passed Level 4 of the official test) is likely to encounter.

Dramanote doesn't have transcripts which isn't too surprising since it's not a drama.  It doesn't really fit into any of the fan communities so I doubt anyone will ever make transcripts.

On the other hand the thought of using this show as anything more than reinforcement for things you already know seems a little redundant.  Just watching the show will give you a good idea of what the words mean just by context alone.  Plus there is so much subtitling and furigana it's easy to look up words if you really really want to know their "exact" meaning.

I think it's really funny that you mentioned it though because I thought I was the only person watching it.

General Discussion / Re: Study on the go, with ipod touch/iphone
« on: October 03, 2008, 07:06:00 AM »
Developing for the iPhone is really expensive.  Day 1 costs around around $2500 give or take and then you have to use tools, languages, and APIs that are unfamiliar to most.

An application that is already running on Mac would be much more ideal.

I use the classic Letiner system where all the cards start at the far left stack and move to the right.  If I fail a card it gets set back to box 1.  (Far left.)

My intervals are:
Box 1: 0
Box 2: 3
Box 3: 7
Box 4: 14
Box 5: 30

I will also be using the new feature that doubles the time for cards in box 5.

This is a pretty classic SRS style.

(I have no idea why lots of the example decks start out with cards in the middle.  I can't think of a valid learning system that is useful for.)

PocketStackz / Re: Learn Mode
« on: August 12, 2008, 04:27:51 AM »
Another excellent feature.  I think I can finally completely ditch Anki.  (I still like it's SRS algorithm better, but everything else about it sucks for me.)

There's always anki.  It runs on Windows/Linux/Mac and like StackZ! was also designed for learning Japanese.

It also uses a more up-to-date learning system.  It is SRS based on SM-2 algorythmn developed in 1985 as opposed to StackZ! Leitiner system which was developed in the 1880's.

I'm not sure how PocketStackZ! got released without any new features at all so really this should be a bug.

There should be some form of RepeatAdvisor functionality on the PPC version.

At a minimum it would be great to select all of the Untest cards and all of the Expired cards from the current selection.

(Maybe add an extra dividor in the same menu where you choose "Repeat Advisor".  Under "Untest on Top" you could have two more check boxes.)

Stackz - Solved Issues / UTF-8 does not import correctly format UTF-8
« on: April 18, 2008, 06:15:18 AM »
When importing a UTF-8 file the BOM (byte-order-marker) will be incorrectly interpreted as a character and a ? will appear in the first field of the first imported entry.

Expected Result:
When importing a UTF-8 the BOM, if it exists, should be ignored.

Stackz - Solved Issues / UTF-8 Exports incorrect format
« on: April 18, 2008, 06:13:58 AM »
When exporting UTF-8 the lines are terminated incorrectly.

Currently they are in LF+CR order which is not a valid line break on any modern OS.

Expected Result:
Since StackZ! is currently Windows only the line breaks should always be in CR+LF order.

PocketStackz / Re: Learn Mode
« on: October 17, 2007, 05:53:50 PM »
1) Replacing: How about an option in the style of

 [ x ] Local stack: automatically replace removed entries

The worst problem in software.  Adding options, especially user-selectable ones, increases the complexity.  I'll try to think of an alternative implementation, but there's only so many handy buttons on a PDA.

2) It seems that the focus is put somehow on the list with the numbers from time to time... the buttons always manipulate the controls with the focus. If you put the focus back on the arrow buttons, it will be OK. This is not random - are you sure that you did not remove the focus from the buttons?

It's certainly possible.  I'm sure if I thought about it this probably only happens when I'm on the train.  I probably got bumped or something and set focus to that list control.  I'm not sure how to unfocus it.  I used to fix it by selecting the About Box, but that hasn't been working for me lately.

3) This active number can be helpful when you start with really hard words. Also, the number is not constant over time... Please also note that thanks to this list you always know how many elements are in your "hand" for review, without this list you would not intuitively feel it (a number displayed somewhere has a completely different effect). We could add another option to hide this list...? aaaargh another option... well, maybe?

Actually the list itself is fine.  It's the association of a particular card with a particular number that wrecks havok on my brain.  Stupid engineering brain I'm afraid.  It always tries to link things to numbers and vice versa.  This becomes much less important if I get #1 because the numbers would be changing much more rapidly.  (Right now I rarely pop cards off the stack because I don't want new cards.  I just keep them all until I know the entire temporary stack.)

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