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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: web hosts on: April 22, 2014, 07:10:59 AM
Thanks for the input all, getting a nice little list of options to mull over!

I'm still here representing Seraphimlabs.

At the moment my own site is down indefinitely, it is in dire need of an overhaul and redesign that I just plain haven't gotten to. But I do have servers still active, and can set you up with an account.

I appreciate the offer, and if it was just me I'd probably jump on it. For present purposes though it's probably not what we're looking for. We're generally deploying 1-3 standalone client-owned sites per month and my parent company is going to require a service with a more obvious support structure to lean on when/if things do get bumpy.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: web hosts on: April 21, 2014, 11:43:44 AM
Thanks guys, keep 'em coming!
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / web hosts on: April 21, 2014, 11:03:15 AM
All right DC brain trust... my company is in need of a new web host for our clients, as Hostgator has been in a significant state of decline over the last couple years. Ideally we're looking for shared hosting plans as VPS managing/reselling has proven to be more trouble than it's worth for a shop as small as ours. 

I can read feature lists and prices as well as the next guy, but what I'd really like is recommendations based on real experience--especially if you've used a host for a long-ish time and are happy with them. Obviously reliability is important, customer service being a close second priority.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: March 07, 2014, 03:24:22 PM
Just finished Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running, it was pretty interesting. Although it was rather inconclusive, it did dispel some things I'd taken for granted.

I may not finish The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing -- there's a ton of great info in here, but he's extraordinarily long winded and repetitive and I'm starting to think I've gleaned all I'm gonna...  as with your book there mouser, I feel like it could have been boiled down to a few pages. (Actually, it has. By the same author. )

Finally, I'm reading Ancillary Justice and it's a bit mind blowing. I haven't enjoyed a sci-fi book so much in a very long time.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beyond Compare v4 Open Beta on: February 28, 2014, 01:50:20 PM
Beyond Compare is an amazing tool.

Yeah, it's pretty much open 100% of the time on my pc
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beyond Compare v4 Open Beta on: February 28, 2014, 01:31:59 PM
The REAL killer feature here -- you can now search your saved sessions. This alone is worth the upgrade price as I have several hundred for the various websites I maintain personally and professionally.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Beyond Compare v4 Open Beta on: February 28, 2014, 01:26:08 PM

Looks like pricing For v3 pro to version 4 pro (windows only) is going to be 25 bucks

  • Mac OS X Version
  • New Home View
  • 3-way Folder Merge Pro only
  • Ad Hoc Unimportant Text
  • WebDAV, Subversion and Dropbox Support Pro only
  • Overhauled Picture Compare
  • Overhauled Preferences Dialog with Search
  • Hex Compare wraps lines to fit the window, and adds in-line editing.
  • New View Patch command shows diff/patch files as a text comparison.
  • Added new text comparison algorithm choice based on Bram Cohen's Patience Diff.
  • HTML folder comparison reports can now embed links to file comparisons.
  • Improved appearance on high DPI (retina) displays.
  • Version Compare now compares the fixed PE header in addition to the version resource.
  • Zipx archives can be compared, complete with PPMd, LZMA, WavPack, and WinZip's JPEG compression.

Beyond Compare v4 Beta
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: October 04, 2013, 11:16:19 PM
I'm down about 40lbs and in the best shape I've been in... a long time. I've definitely been in the "a little bit every once in a while" camp, life isn't worth it without the little pleasures.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: September 03, 2013, 07:32:19 AM
I fell a bit off the ladder.. can we do another 30 days of September? Who's up for it starting TODAY?

Might as well just make this a permanent thread. The coffee mugs can have checks for each time you restarted smiley
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where/how do you mostly watch movies/videos? on: August 05, 2013, 10:55:50 AM
I'm not sure how to answer this, precisely -- is Roku "DVD Etc." or is it computer?

I watch most stuff on my TV; I watch a few shows live (I pay 10 bucks a month and get all the major local networks; ideally bunny ears should be able to do this but only 1 channel is OTA here).

I watch most shows/movies  via streaming through my Roku, but there are a handful of shows I'm unwilling to wait 6 months to watch that I otherwise coerce to my screen.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!! on: August 05, 2013, 10:50:43 AM

The whole fleet

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8 on: July 30, 2013, 12:54:00 AM
PS.  Can someone attach the latest bittorrent sync windows installer here?  Wink

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: July 26, 2013, 02:52:51 PM
20 lbs down and I've been running 3 miles a day for the last week -- I'm really excited about that, after not being able to run at all for the better part of the last decade.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help me choose my next smartphone on: July 17, 2013, 04:01:35 PM
I don't want to turn it off.  then i have to turn it on whenever i'm in an area i can connect to wifi automatically.  but yes, i can turn it off.  and on when i get home.  and off when i get back to work.  and back on at home.  Yay.  what convenience.

There's a setting to tell it not to automatically scan for new networks, have you tried that? I have that option enabled, and always have WiFi on. I have to manually add new networks by opening the wifi settings, but you only have to do that once. When you're around that network, it'll reconnect but ignore all others.

As for deleting . . . can't you just press and hold and then forget the network? (My phone is in the shop, so I can't confirm, but I am certain you can forget networks)
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm sooo exhausted with the overhyping of everything. on: July 15, 2013, 09:32:35 AM
I consciously try to avoid to popular media to great degrees, and I'm STILL exhausted by hearing about all the nonsense, overhyped things going on in recent years.  Maybe it's always been this way, I don't know.

Hype is here to stay. Quit overhyping it bro.  tongue
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help me choose my next smartphone on: July 15, 2013, 09:31:38 AM
I personally think the hype of the 41 megapixel camera is stupid.  Not that the camera isn't great.  I find that it distracts from some of the more important windows phone related issues that could be addressed.

Windows Phone 8 has been a disappointment on many levels. When Windows Phone 7 first happened, it was exciting ... but didn't even have clipboard support. Eventually the "Mango" update came along, and that was the only significant update to the platform in the last couple years. Windows Phone 8 was a major update in that it was a major version bump and total rewrite of the OS, but I don't consider it a significant update. In many (most?) ways, it was a step backwards in terms of usability. It came with the promise that this new RT based platform would be more actively updated over time... exactly zero significant updates later, we can write that off as false. There's a similar promise coming along with the next update but I won't hold my breath. Nokia has done its best to fill the gap to some extent with its own third party additions, Network+, Phone Extras, exclusive apps/games; at the same time, Verizon is the only network that supports the first party data sense.

There's been a lot of hype and a lot of disappointment. Despite all that, it's the platform I keep coming back to. I prefer the simplicity and elegance of Windows Phone over Android. While BlackBerry has a similar charm and even better usability, its app selection makes Windows Phone's modest selection seem robust.

Hopefully some time soon Microsoft (and BlackBerry for that matter) gets into its groove and really starts actively developing the platform--you've got to be fluid to keep pace in the mobile space. You can't start behind the pack, stagnate and expect to compete let alone win the race.

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why you should record video of the everyday people in your life on: July 09, 2013, 10:06:14 AM
I have email going back decades . . . and more often than not find revisiting my youth quite uncomfortable. . . I can't imagine video evidence of how much I have/had to learn.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview on: July 02, 2013, 02:07:24 PM
I'll stick with Opera 12 until either they re-add all the missing features into Opera 15 or the current one stops working, in which case i'll search for something else.

I think you can count on finding something else.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview on: July 02, 2013, 12:41:31 PM
Opera 15 is released, but it doesn’t mean we're relaxing now. With our new rapid-release cycle, we are already hard at work on the next versions. Right now, we are focusing on synchronization (aka Opera Link), enhanced tab management (visual tabs and so on) and support for themes – and these are just a few of the features you can expect to find soon in our next releases! So, stay tuned for some of the most loved features to return soon, better than ever.

 ohmy ...this is no longer considered a preview. Featureless Opera is officially released.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone on: July 01, 2013, 09:36:54 AM
Bazqux is impressive -- very simple, light, fast. Newsblur feels sluggish by comparison, though I still somewhat favor NewsBlur for a number of features and its high level of polish.

Thus far, the hardest part of trying out Bazqux has been remembering the name!
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help me choose my next smartphone on: June 27, 2013, 09:36:56 AM
Dude, you need to swap that Lumia 920. Something is wrong. I have the same phone and can use it all day (moderate to heavy) without depleting the battery.

If you're already getting the HTC One (I am so envious!), I don't think you need another Android--Get the Z10, one more OS for the collection!

I have one, my list of cons/pros are: Its battery is not fantastic. It's comparable to but not quite as good as my Lumia 920 (which compared to YOUR 920 probably IS fantastic!).  The real downside to the Z10 is its app selection. It really makes the Windows Phone store seem brimming. There just aren't many great native apps (though the ones that are there... well, active frames are neat!). While side loading Android apps is an option, it's really more a novelty I think. I've side loaded a few (fitbit, Evernote, Instagram) -- across the board, they are SLOW.

On the other hand, the size, the gesture-based interface and the new flick keyboard makes using it with one hand a dream. The hub is great, centralized notification is something Windows Phone sorely needs. I've been carrying it as my primary this week. While apps have made most phones toys with communication capabilities, the Z10 really feels like a communication device. A true "smart phone".
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: June 27, 2013, 09:18:50 AM
Just about done with Artificial Absolutes. It's an easy read, often quite predictable, but a fun little cyberpunk adventure.
23  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: New Visitors to Our Forum - Please Read This First on: June 27, 2013, 09:04:48 AM
Does this site maintain an IRC channel?
I thought I saw something about a donation chart?  Where is it?  I'll donate but I would like to have a framework to pick from first.


There is indeed an IRC channel, see: http://www.donationcoder....rum/index.php?action=chat

As for donations, there are no tiers or anything. It's open. An interesting thing about the donation system here is you essentially get your donation back in the form of credits, which you can distribute as you see fit -- given, for example, to a member who authored a program you find useful or helped you solve a problem. See the donations page. for more information

Edit: There is a chart!
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Windows 8.1 Preview on: June 27, 2013, 08:56:35 AM
Yesterday Microsoft released a public preview of Windows 8.1 featuring the return of the Start button, an overhauled unified search and Internet Explorer 11. Anybody take it for a spin?
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: June 21, 2013, 10:50:05 AM

Lately I've been trying to get into shape and take better care of myself. One novel piece of that equation is the Fitbit One, which is basically a pedometer on steroids. All data is all synchronized with their companion web service via wifi or bluetooth where it plots my activity level throughout the day, keeps track nutrition and compares my calories in v. out.

Being cloud based, it's not for the disconnected-by-choice types, but... I love data!
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