I'm back, I see that it does not seem to be many people that have played around with this here yet but here is the answer:

I had my settings application scoped and then they are read-only. When I set them to user scoped they worked great.

But I'm wondering, is there a way of making the application scoped ones read/write?  I tried to edit the settings class myself and adding a set {} to the property but it does not get saved.

thanks in advance!