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Server Migration

posted May 29, 2018, 11:12 PM by Alex Reiter

During the next few months the 123computer website and related sites (CodeGen and TalkNet) will be moving to a server operated by 123computer. Below is a general migration timeline.

In Progress
  • Migration of CodeGen webpage to the new server

Early June

  • Migration of downloads to new server

Mid June

  • Completion of CodeGen webpage

Late June

  • Replacement 123computer webpage available on server. Old webpage still accessible

July

  • Migration of TalkNet to new server

August 30

  • Depreciation of current 123computer webpage

HelpingHand 2.0 Build 243

posted Mar 14, 2018, 8:20 PM by Alex Reiter

HelpingHand 2.0 Build 243 is here with some bug fixes and implementations.

This build will only run on Windows Vista or later. This will be addressed in the next build.

Build 243 Changelog

Calculator
  • Fixed "Equals" button

QuickSketch

  • Reworked Eraser function
  • "Exit" menu option now working

NoteSheet

  • Fixed Printing function
  • Added Print Preview and Page Setup
  • Fixed saving functions

You can download it here. It is far from complete and more features will be added before the final release. This program probably has bugs. Report them to [email protected]

HelpingHand 2.0 Build 238

posted Nov 28, 2017, 9:00 PM by Alex Reiter

HelpingHand 2.0 Build 238 is here with quite a few changes.

HelpingHand now requires the .net framework, so please download it before installing. The scoreboard applet has been removed.

Build 238 Changelog

NoteSheet
  • Reworked Menus
  • Removed "Print Full" option
  • Removed  background color option
  • A few features are broken and will be fixed in a later release

Calendar

  • UI changes
  • Navigation buttons removed (Will add back later)

Calculator

  • UI changes

Scoreboard

  • Removed feature

Checklist

  • UI Changes
  • New menu
  • Pressing enter now adds contents of text box to list, and pressing Escape clears the box

Sidebar

  • Notepad is now listed as NoteSheet

Timer

  • Reworked function of buttons
  • Smoother operation
  • UI changes
  • Six alarm tones to choose from (Can be changed in Options)

Unit converter

  • Broken again

General changes

  • Setup wizard removed for now
  • Launcher modes broken for now

Clock

  • Very WIP replacement integrating Clock, Timer, and Stopwatch. Not working right yet, mostly just for show.

QuickSketch

  • Removed Background Color option for now
  • Larger range of brush sizes

You can download it here. It is far from complete and more features will be added before the final release. This program probably has bugs. Report them to [email protected]


Looking Forward-October 2017

posted Oct 26, 2017, 9:00 AM by Alex Reiter

After a long while, the 123computer shop is now open. Purchase products from us through our eBay store. Visit the shop here. A large focus is being put on refurbishing and reselling electronics. We are currently refurbishing and selling Microsoft Xbox 360 Game Consoles that you can purchase in the shop right now. Eventually we hope to refurbish and sell desktop and laptop computers, mobile devices, and eventually custom build desktop PCs. Expect to see new builds of Speechy soon and a new .net based HelpingHand build by the end of the year. Early builds of VirtuDesk should be available by mid 2018. I've also welcomed a few new members to our team that will be doing things on the website soon.
-Alex Reiter

HelpingHand 2.0 Build 138

posted Apr 27, 2017, 8:52 PM by Alex Reiter

Build 138 is here, with bugfixes and implementations.

Build 138 Changelog

Calculator
  • Made font on multiply and subtract buttons larger

Checklist

  • Clicking Remove button on empty list no longer crashes

Launcher

  • Tray icon now works
  • Compact launcher no longer resizable.

Unit Converter

  • All linear conversions now work properly
  • Interface changes

General Changes

  • Fixed Tray icon
  • UI changes in setup wizard
  • Dropped Windows 2000 support

Clock

  • World Clock implemented. Some time zones not working properly yet.

Quicksketch

  • Eraser tool now working

You can download it here. It is far from complete and more features will be added before the final release. This program probably has bugs. Report them to [email protected]

HelpingHand 2.0 Compatibility

posted Apr 27, 2017, 5:09 PM by Alex Reiter

The next build of HelpingHand will be dropping support for Windows 2000.

Why?

  • It is too time consuming to verify that each build runs on Windows 2000.
  • There is not a large enough number of Windows 2000 users for it to be worth supporting.
  • Windows 2000 is 18 years old.

HelpingHand 2.0 Build 137

posted Mar 28, 2017, 6:37 PM by Alex Reiter [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 6:45 PM ]

Build 137 is here with some bugfixes.

Notepad
  • Font dialog now works
Calendar
  • Month is no longer cut off
Checklist
  • Can no longer import nonexistent file
  • Added caption giving more detail to box
  • Export and import buttons are now captioned Save and Open
Timer
  •  No longer can start timer with no time on it
  • No longer can set negative values
General Changes
  • Setup Wizard auto restarts HelpingHand on finish
  • Fixed Tip of Day appearing on setup wizard
  • Setup Wizard now starts on first step
QuickSketch
  • Added eraser tool
  • Added line thickness setting
  • Added color setting

 You can download it here. It is far from complete and more features will be added before the final release. This program probably has bugs. Report them to [email protected]

HelpingHand 2.0 Build 136

posted Mar 23, 2017, 6:04 PM by Alex Reiter

Build 136 is here, with some fixes.

Build 136 Changelog

Notepad
  • Confirmation on exit if document changed since it was last saved
  • If not previously saved, clicking save invokes save as dialog
Scoreboard
  • The names in the change names dialog correspond with those in use currently.
Checklist
  • Remove Item now works
  • Export/Import item now works
General
  • Added additional instructions to Setup Wizard
  • Beta window has additional information
  • Time zone can now be selected
 You can download it here. It is far from complete and more features will be added before the final release. This program probably has bugs. Report them to [email protected]


HelpingHand 2.0 Build 135

posted Mar 18, 2017, 9:03 PM by Alex Reiter

Build 135 is here, with quite a few changes.

Build 135 Changelog

Calendar
  • Week now starts with Sunday
Checklist
  • Window is no longer re-sizable
Tip of Day
  • Now implemented
General Changes
  • Setup Wizard that runs on first run
  • Re-designed About box
  • Beta Window is now movable
  • Beta window can not be minimized in any way
  • Fixed missing file-notefav.dat
Clock
  • Two distinct modes. Display Clock and world clock. World clock not implemented yet.
Quickskech
  • Now works
  • The picture no longer flickers

 You can download it here. It is far from complete and more features will be added before the final release. This program probably has bugs. Report them to [email protected]

Thanks

HelpingHand 2.0 Build 131

posted Mar 15, 2017, 6:55 PM by Alex Reiter

Build 131 is here, and it fixes a major bug.

General Changes
  • Fixed missing files
Launcher
  • Minimizing the launcher no longer goes to tray. This will be fixed later.

You can download it here. It is far from complete and more features will be added before the final release. This program probably has bugs. Report them to [email protected]

Thanks

HelpingHand 2.0 Build 130

posted Mar 7, 2017, 8:29 PM by Alex Reiter

Build 130 is here, with a few changes.

Build 130 Changelog


Notepad
  • New Favorites Feature
  • Scroll Bars line up better
Calendar
  • Task Scheduler feature: Not done yet
General
  • Removed Splash screen, optimized loading
  • Option to select launcher view
  • Beta window is now smaller
  • New Icon
  • Fixed crash on startup
  • Command Line Switch: /l
Timer
  • Fixed Alarm Tone
Unit Converter
  • New feature. Some conversions not working yet
You can download it here. It is far from complete and more features will be added before the final release. This program probably has bugs. Report them to [email protected]

Thanks

(Re) Introducing VirtuDesk

posted Feb 3, 2017, 3:22 PM by Alex Reiter

VirtuDesk was one of our original projects form 5 years ago, but it was abandoned in 2014. VirtuDesk is a free alternative to office programs. There are currently two programs, EasySheet, and Writer. Neither are ready yet, but expect to see some previews soon!

HelpingHand 2.0 Build 126

posted Jan 8, 2017, 6:01 AM by Alex Reiter

Build 126 Changelog

Notepad
Calculator
Checklist
Stopwatch

You can download it here. It is far from complete and more features will be added before the final release. This program probably has bugs. Report them to [email protected]
Thanks

HelpingHand 2.0 Build 125

posted Jan 5, 2017, 9:16 PM by Alex Reiter

Build 125 Changelog

Launcher
General

View the list of known bugs here

You can download it here. It is far from complete and more features will be added before the final release. This program probably has bugs. Report them to [email protected]
Thanks

Introducing Speechy

posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:57 PM by Alex Reiter

Speechy is an all new product designed to help those with speech difficulties communicate. It is a text to speech program with 10 preset phrases and space to type your own. Speechy is designed for Android and you can download the beta version here. Speechy will not be placed on the Google Play Store until it has a stable release.

HelpingHand System Compatibility

posted Sep 3, 2016, 7:33 PM by Alex Reiter

September 3 2016

The following systems have been tested for compatibility with HelpingHand. 

Verified Working
Windows 10 64bit
Windows 2000
Windows XP

Not Working
Windows 98
Windows ME

Do not attempt installation on the platforms listed not working. Windows 98 became corrupted after install on test machine and ME could not complete installation. 
More systems testing soon.

HelpingHand 2.0 Build 120

posted Aug 15, 2016, 11:21 PM by Alex Reiter

Build 120 Changelog

Notepad
Counter
Stopwatch
  • Now counts Days onstead of "Rollover" (99 Hours)
  • Option to keep times on normal reset
Timer
  • Disabled alert for now
General



View the list of known bugs here

You can download it here. It is far from complete and more features will be added before the final release. This program probably has bugs. Report them to [email protected]
Thanks

HelpingHand 2.0 Build 110

posted Aug 12, 2016, 10:21 AM by Alex Reiter [ updated Aug 14, 2016, 2:07 PM ]

Release to fix a major bug that makes program inoperable.

Build 110 Changelog

General 
View the list of known bugs here

You can download it here. It is far from complete and more features will be added before the final release. This program probably has bugs. Report them to [email protected]
Thanks

HelpingHand 2.0 Beta is (Finally) here!

posted Aug 12, 2016, 9:05 AM by Alex Reiter

HelpingHand 2.0 was originally planned for September 2015. After a year's delay, the beta is finally released.

Build 100 Changelog

NoteSheet (Sticky Note)
QuickCal (Calendar)
Calculator
Scoreboard
Counter
Checklist
Launcher
Tip of the Day
Other

You can download it here. It is far from complete and more features will be added before the final release. This program probably has bugs. Report them to [email protected]
Thanks

HelpingHand 2.0

posted May 19, 2016, 4:24 PM by Alex Reiter

HelpingHand 2.0 will be arriving soon with many new features! Lots of new applets will be coming along with a refined design and plenty of performance improvements!

DVD games

posted Mar 28, 2017, 6:37 PM by Alex Reiter [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 6:45 PM ]

A name product that is coming to our lineup! DVD player games will be a fun pack of games you can play right on your DVD player! So far there is 

Shop

posted Jan 5, 2016, 12:21 PM by Alex Reiter

A shop is being created where you can buy HelpingHand on CD.

New News center!

posted Dec 10, 2015, 6:41 PM by Alex Reiter

Now, finally there is a real legitimate news center! The HelpingHand news center is now deleted and all future posts will be here.