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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stephen's Weekly Tech News - Edition 3 on: March 01, 2010, 04:17:34 AM
 smiley  smiley  smiley
Nice, 40hz!!
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Battle of the Free Online Storages on: February 15, 2010, 07:22:50 PM

That is a great link. You just need to take out one of the extra http://s in the address to get the page to load.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be careful with your credit cards! on: February 15, 2010, 12:06:21 PM
I love the idea of a credit card number that can be used only once.
As long as the numbers don't run out (like GUIDs).

That's the best idea ever.
Too bad, the banks should know by now that if it's a dispute with a magazine subscription, to assist he bank customer, to assume they're correct.
I'm in the US, & I've never had a magazine subscription that didn't rip me off.
They even had to make laws here that prohibited companies from 'auto-renewing because the customer didn't mail a card back requesting to cancel'.

I'll go to the bookstore and send you the monthly issues if turns our that nothing works out for you, if you like.
It would help me get gifts out by getting me to the post office and help me actually go buy books I'm interested in.
If I wanted a monthly issue of any magazine, I'd do that for myself.
I'm also suspicious of them selling your name & address to junk mail companies here in the US.
As much as people hate spam, junk mail is even worse.
At least with spam, most of it gets sorted from you regular mail and I've often found my important paper mail buried inside junk mail.
But that's another issue. Anyway, you have another option.  smiley
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I hate Valentine's Day! on: February 13, 2010, 10:15:54 PM
...and doing WHAT furiously while hating themselves for it?????



Sorry...that wasn't very nice. Must be rough... Wink
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I hate Valentine's Day! on: February 13, 2010, 06:44:08 PM
Quote from: Sarah
What can I say, he is French!
Erm, have you tried 'Allo, 'allo?  Wink

OK, you got me, and fast. I looked up the show, but still can't think of a thing to say.
You must still be seething over my last win, so you're giving me something impossible to respond to this time!  tongue
That's OK, though - if I lose to you, at least you're always tactful, and not condescending.  Wink
Even when the obvious happens to slip by me.

Either that, or it's just not my day  Grin .
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I hate Valentine's Day! on: February 13, 2010, 02:57:46 PM
Same here. Me and my wife don't celebrate our wedding anniversary, but the day we met.

That's sweet, too!
Not trying to brag or anything, but we celebrate:
the first PM (from another forum) I ever sent him  Kiss,
the day we met on video chat , and
the day he arrived from France so we could meet in person

What can I say, he is French!
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buzzzzzzzzinggggg - Google Buzz - Gmail with facebook features on: February 13, 2010, 12:14:19 PM
Apparently clicking the link at the bottom of gmail is *not* enough to disable google buzz...

http://bit.ly/9uRj1S

Thanks, Google! I really like putting in the effort to learn how to do this, it's a great way to spend my time, and even better, will certainly enhance my computing skills. Cool!  Thmbsup

Grrrrrrrrr......
8  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Should we experiment with google ads on the site for 1 month? on: February 13, 2010, 12:08:53 PM
Just curious...why are the only ads being discussed in this thread about Google ads?
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I've read the entire thread, and I didn't see anything that said the experiment was about displaying Google ads only.

Judging form the responses, it seems that a very strong concern here is that DC would feel that it would be compromising its identity as the wonderfully unique & skilled, helpful community that it is, or that it might be (understandably) degrading itself by using Google ads.

What about experimenting with ads for companies or sole developers that DC finds reputable, interesting, or educational, and all on topic with computing?
By advertising these types of sites, the overall feeling of the DC admins and members selling advertising here might be "cleaner"?  undecided
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buzzzzzzzzinggggg - Google Buzz - Gmail with facebook features on: February 13, 2010, 11:22:35 AM
I would prefer to see a standalone service though.

y0himba, is this what you mean?

No, Buzz Is Not Being Clipped From Gmail. It MAY Get A Separate Web App Though.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buzzzzzzzzinggggg - Google Buzz - Gmail with facebook features on: February 12, 2010, 12:17:38 AM
I just joined Facebook lately and that's the way I feel about it (I dont want the fecker to keep shoving potential 'friends' in my face...even if I do half know some of them, & how do they know I half know them anyway - it's just creepy I find)

Yeah, the grid's always there. I think I understand why it bugs you.
I liked it at first, because I lost touch with a lot of people throughout my life, for no real reason other than moving, etc.
The suggestions were great, but now that I've found my friends & they've found me, the friend suggestions are pretty pointless.
I'm certain you already know this, but it's just a program showing you random friends of your current friends & I think you can maybe even stop the suggestion feature from showing on your home page. If I figure out how, I'll inbox you.  smiley
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buzzzzzzzzinggggg - Google Buzz - Gmail with facebook features on: February 11, 2010, 12:17:15 PM
Thanks so much, nudone.
Armed with nothing but a keyboard & some determination, I've already cornered him and kicked him out, I found out how to do it it on Life Hacker.
I tried to post the directions I found for anyone else but I keep forgetting how post pics as links here & am in a hurry so I gave up.
(Notezilla!!)

I just didn't want my followers or those I'm following me to think I was ignoring them when they were misinformed that I was on buzzz...
Posting pics & stuff to a group I'm included in or worse, just me...bad, Google. Not nice at all. Stupid idea IMO.

Thanks, again  smiley

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buzzzzzzzzinggggg - Google Buzz - Gmail with facebook features on: February 11, 2010, 11:38:33 AM
Tried it, hated it, left it, now hiding from it  thumb down

Saw the sign up page yesterday, made it a point to not touch that "Try it" button, and logged into my gmail account.
Woke up this morning only to find that while I was sleeping, it had snuck into my gmail account & made a comfy little home for itself.
It showed me the people I'm "following" and the people who are "following" me.
W T F ??????? I don't "follow", I don't Tweet. I'm only on Facebook and I keep FB & Gmail separate for a reason.

Uggghh...I feel like I'm being stalked by a google app!!!!
Get away from me, Buzz, you creep! Can't you take "No" for an answer?  Angry
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I hate Valentine's Day! on: February 10, 2010, 10:10:57 PM
OK, for all the guys bellyaching about the commercialism of Valentine's Day, this may be more up you alley...
I don't know if you need to belong to Facebook or not to see this, & you certainly don't have to join the "cause", but it's a nice idea  smiley.

Tell Her She's Beautiful. If the link doesn't work, you can read it here:
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I hate Valentine's Day! on: February 10, 2010, 09:46:32 PM
Were it not for the tenderness of my sweet filet mignon, I would have chickened out, altogether.
What, and missed your just desserts?

No...I actually did just miss my desserts. I had them for lunch!  Grin
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DC Reveal/Hide feature on: February 10, 2010, 06:41:43 PM
Another thought: try fooling the email client into thinking something is a quote. Some use pretty simplistic ways of determining this, e.g. > character prefix. Of course this will only work on certain clients, those that are configured with that quote detection method *and* have quote collapsing options, heh.

- Oshyan

Just tried this on gmail. No go. But thanks, anyway.  smiley
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I hate Valentine's Day! on: February 10, 2010, 05:57:54 PM
They even put the laptop at my place setting!
I've heard of going cold turkey but that's a little extreme!

Like I said, it was fun, but I was pretty shaky, beforehand. I had some Grand Marnier first, to no avail.
Were it not for the tenderness of my sweet filet mignon, I would have chickened out, altogether.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DC Reveal/Hide feature on: February 10, 2010, 05:01:10 PM
Gmail collapses quotes by default. Thunderbird can do quote collapsing too I believe. Outlook as well, if I recall correctly. Though the specific configs and ways of triggering it may be different in each case. Wink
- Oshyan

Hi, and thanks for your answer.
What I really want is something where I can control the expand collapse feature, not just have conversation replies collapse.
I'm really looking for the exact feature used here - select something like the Spoiler button, write your text, and...
For example, "Directions to the Party"
If you don't need the directions, don't hit the button, and the email appears much more neat and organized than in a regular email with a map you don't need and directions you already know. This way, the recipients can find the info they do need much faster. Does that make better sense?

About scripts:
I'm sure the scripts suggested to me will work on my end, I just need a little time and patience to learn how to use them.
But, I wonder how they will come out on the recipient's end. Like getting a red X in an email where a photo was meant to be.
This is difficult, as when I used this feature in Lotus Notes at work, everyone else in the company ran Lotus Notes, too.
We all had the same I/T guys, platforms, programs and servers and all Notes features worked perfectly for all of us, all the time.
But outside of work, people use so many clients with so many different features written in all these different codes, etc.
I can't imagine it working without actually running a script on the recipient's computer.
I'm afraid that this would bring up a warning message, which would have the user say, "No, do not run this script".
Especially since most people I know, myself included, don't even know what script the message is referring to. The script names are too cryptic.
These are all just guesses, though.

Thanks again for your reply, I think I'll check out Thunderbird as you suggested. If that doesn't work, I'm going to just keep on hunting!
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Networks and external drives on: February 10, 2010, 11:08:01 AM
Oh yeah, if you really have been dropping your external storage you might want to consider backing it all up to another HDD.

4wd,

Good point! The data on my little WD drive is minimal. Just some pictures, Outlook data & data from programs I haven't installed.
I'm at least getting in the habit now of disconnecting before doing anything where I know the drive won't be needed.
Do you think, since the data has (almost) never been actively used while being suddenly disconnected, that it will be OK?
My Outlook stuff is fine.  undecided
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Networks and external drives on: February 09, 2010, 09:45:28 PM
Wow. Thanks all, for your suggestions. You got me on the right track.

I can't do the string idea as I have 2 power supplies & I'm forever unplugging from the back of the pc in one room, then plugging another one in, in another room. So it sounds like there would be a good amount of attaching/reattaching.

But I'm scrapbooking your replies, including that great link to all of those different models, until April or May, when I have the time and money to fix this.

Thanks again, this is great info for me to have.

20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A simple "Start Page" on: February 09, 2010, 08:10:25 PM
Hmmmmmm, I wonder if there's a FF AddOn that searches the descriptions for when you forget the name of the site?  Like if you typed in Programming it would pop up all your bookmarks with the word or substring in the description.

Miles,
This thread seems a little over my head  embarassed, so forgive me if your question is more complex than this:
If you are in FF, go to View, Sidebar, History & it has a search bar for you to type in your keywords.
Is this what you meant?
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I hate Valentine's Day! on: February 09, 2010, 07:27:54 PM
...we spent all of Christmas Eve and the majority of Christmas together (via Skype)

What a sweet story.
I am from California & also had Christmas Eve dinner via video chat with my long distance boyfriend & his mother in France.
They even put the laptop at my place setting!  Kiss
We opened gifts together & everything. Pretty cool!
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Networks and external drives on: February 09, 2010, 04:42:38 PM
Hi,

I'm on Windows 7.
All of my data is kept on an external drive, and everything else is on my laptop.
But, this is very new to me. I keep forgetting that the drive is there, and dropping it when I pick up my laptop.

Maybe it's because I've been on laptops for 7 years without one, and 3 months with one, I don't know.
Although it happens much less frequently now, I'm still forgetting it.
It's happened so many times now, that the USB ports in my VAIO are actually getting loose.

Is it possible to set up a wireless network with just  laptop and and external hard drive?
Or, should I hook up one 6 ft. USB extension cord to another, to another?


Perhaps someone out there has a better idea than either of these?

Thanks in advance  smiley
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DC Reveal/Hide feature on: February 09, 2010, 12:53:35 AM
Of course this will only work on certain clients, those that are configured with that quote detection method *and* have quote collapsing options, heh.
- Oshyan

Let me guess...Lotus Notes, perhaps?
It's the only thing I've seen that could be programmed to do this, and email clients haven't changed much in the past 10 years...
It's so incredibly useful, I can't imagine developers ignoring the beauty of this feature. Hmm. Oh, well.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Essay - Blogging: a great pastime for the elderly on: February 09, 2010, 12:43:50 AM
 The article laments the decline of blogging amongst teens. My take is, who cares? When have teenagers EVER had anything of ANY interest to anyone other than themselves and a few close friends to say? Let them tweet away uselessly, it is just like putting them out in the yard to play because you are tired of hearing their incessant yammering about the stupidity of their weird little lives. Get off our internet, the adults are talking.

My sentiments, exactly! Very funny...
 Grin  Grin  Grin  Grin  Grin
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DC Reveal/Hide feature on: February 08, 2010, 07:38:04 PM
Thank you !
Oops! Now, I remember asking this question before.

What I wanted to do was on the last link.
It won't work in Word, so I copied the script and played around with it on gmail.
It didn't work there either, but that is only because I don't really know what to do with a script, yet.
Last time I inquired about this, someone else sent me that same link and I chickened out.
I wouldn't even try to learn how to use it.
I'm a little more motivated, now. I really like that feature.
Also, now that my computer is in working order, I'm a little more open to trying new things.

I've bookmarked the script link for later, and when I have more time (in mid-March), I'll certainly come back and ask for some references to instructions on how to actually implement a script.

Thanks, again!  smiley
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