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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hey Mouser... you still drowning in student loan debt? on: May 11, 2014, 06:44:02 PM
I hate to say this but first step to being a smart adult is to know if the field your going into will pay you when you graduate. It would seem that colleges would start to limit the numbers if a field gets to large to hold the graduates but we all know that colleges are based on money. I say this not to be harsh but unless your the cream of the crop as a lawyer odds are your not going to do well. Same goes with being a dentist and then get a practice in a town of 2500 people. 17th century French poetry.

I wanted to go into IT and specialize in the security field. Sadly I realize I could not do this and have a life (at the time I was 40) since my age would be held against me. So nursing it was. Worst case there is always some position open some where even if they pay is not great, one can always move on when there is a better paying job.

I don't know mousers story but he is doing the best thing. Keeping busy and making a name for himself, till something comes up.

Notice that your a few hours away from me. Have you thought about working for a non profit? You can get paid and at same time get loan forgiveness. Same with a govt job.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) on: May 11, 2014, 06:09:05 PM
I know I am going off topic for what the thread turned into but going back to the OP.

This is doable. Has less to do with middle men and doing things anonymously. This is more along the lines of you wanting to prove who you are on the net. Say your a respected scientist posting or a writer. With this system you can prove who you are so that when you post people know for a fact that it is you and not some poser.

This has been long talked about in security forums and security podcast. On a personal level this is where the idea of SQRL (https://www.grc.com/sqrl/sqrl.htm) comes from at GRC.

Eventually something along this lines will come up since so often in the past we all have seen how people can get spoofed on many types of forums.

RFID has been proven as a bad idea. Problem is Govt hate change on something they implemented. Some security people have given worst case scenarios about how a terrorist could place a bomb in a trash can at a historical site. The device sends out RFID signal and when it gets five RFID's based out of a given country (USA) it blows. The govt knows this and now people are placing passports with RFID in them in blackout bags.

RFID's will die off but only once something else comes to replace it or the govt will do nothing.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Bye-bye Wi-Fi? on: May 11, 2014, 05:46:36 PM
Doable. Sounds like what they are showing on the webpage is more like using a shortwave system. As long as the power is below a certain wattage you can freely use it.

Now of course I know nothing about the type of regulation on this but if it works along the same lines as a wireless home phone seems like there is little the FCC could do.
4  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Podcasts One - Free Windows Podcast Client on: May 11, 2014, 06:34:55 AM
Should this thread be locked or trashed since the websites for downloading are no longer active?
5  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: April 28, 2014, 02:14:41 PM
Can't remember if it was covered but an issue that came up us that I tried adjusting a column and the program had a CPU surge and would not come out of it. I let it run for thirty-six minutes before forcing it closed to start again.



Trying to track down a reason why the program sometimes "whites" out all information. All text is just gone even though nothing has changed. I just delete the config file and all is right again.
6  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: April 09, 2014, 03:53:14 AM
How about placing in the program that the "Weekly" tab only shows the currently chosen profile.

The idea being that I have my:

1)  Main current shows that I watch when aired.
2)  Secondary current shows that I want to watch when I can
3)  Tertiary current shows are ones I want to watch when nothing else is on.

So ,for me at least, I would only really want to see shows that I know I plan on watching, and if this is an option on the option tab then people can choose if all current shows are shown or just the current profile.
7  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: April 03, 2014, 05:31:21 AM
Disable and release with new fix's. The changing profiles of TV shows is not a huge issue at the moment. In reality it would not be that hard to do a delete of a show and then add new to the new profile.

Worst case just have a drop down box when doing searching for new shows and when a new show is added it will go to the profile. Transferring of new shows would be nice but we all can live without it if it keeps the code simpler.

Functions are great but simpler code keeps a program running longer with less issues.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend a 64GB\128GB pendrive on: April 02, 2014, 06:35:39 PM
Here is a site that might help a bit. Many are not of that size. But maybe if more people post it might get larger.

USB Flash Drive Speed Tests - Any Drive Size
9  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: April 02, 2014, 11:41:23 AM
Nice on the upcoming release.

Two things.

Is it possible to set the default to load the newest shows at the top instead of bottom. With the option you have now to scroll to the bottom it is nice but, it would be nice for me if it just defaulted to the top with the older shows on the bottom. A per person choice.

With the new one and having profiles are we going to be bale to switch the shows from one list to another? IE once I finished watching a series and it is cancelled will I be able to movie it from the watch list to the cancelled list?
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Book Tracking on: February 25, 2014, 09:24:26 PM
The only real challenge is having an app to grab book data and artwork from Amazon (or other sources) via an API. Once that data is pulled over and put in a tab-delimited file, it can be easily imported into almost anything.

If it's just a locally hosted Windows-native tracking database that's wanted, there's easily a half dozen DBMS apps (i.e. Access, et al) that will let you set one up very easily.

Essentially yes. But it would be nice if the front end was more than just a data retriever. It would be nice if possible that one could easily flip between title/authors name/series name/maybe even year.

I am doing an all-niter on a lab nurse exam and a lecture tomorrow so will try to give a dummy upped version of an interface later this week.
11  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: [IDEA] Book Tracking 1.1 on: February 25, 2014, 07:41:34 AM
Member there as well. It is where I go most often but again dealing with the net and how things can change after a few years. Goodreads was bought by Amazon and I know from exp what happens when major companies buy a smaller successful one. It slowly gets corrupted and many times destoyed and taken offline.

12  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / [IDEA] Book Tracking 1.1 on: February 24, 2014, 08:39:00 PM
I posted this in another thread and was told I would get a better response here. So full copy of what I said is below.

I have always been into books. I am between 3-4000 read books so far in my life. During this time I have tried on multiple occasions to try and track down everything I have read with various levels of success.

Of the many programs out there they really do not do simple tracking very well. Some start out well and die. Some just don't have a clue. Others are kitchen sink varieties and the idea gets lost.

After using mousers epCheck program I was thinking that if something along the lines of this could be had it would be great.

Simple and basic program that can collect data from a stable website like worldcat and keep relevant information at hand.

Tabs for author, series, name, and year.

So far there is not alot out there. Many just fall short. Calibre does not come close since as you add books it gets unwieldy. Use of a spreadsheet is time consuming without out import.

I do not want online since as we have seen over the years things change or they get bought out. Or worse they go offline and all data is lost.

Dreaming but if anyone has an idea it would be great to hear of it. And I already read everything in this forum and others, so most things you might post I probably already looked and and dismissed. So I would imagine it would have to be a hard to find program. Also freeware.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Book Tracking on: February 24, 2014, 08:36:42 PM
Zotero is nice for tracking information I need to keep track of for writing papers but not what is needed for book tracking.

DataCrow has improved greatly since I first tried it many years ago. Playing with it just now I remember the heavy demand that it has on java usage. Runs very slow on my computer and I can imagine only will get worse as the DB builds.

Color me an idiot for thinking about one of mouser's program while writing about Skwire's epCheck.

I'll post in coding snacks and see what bites.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Book Tracking on: February 24, 2014, 09:45:07 AM
I have always been into books. I am between 3-4000 read books so far in my life. During this time I have tried on multiple occasions to try and track down everything I have read with various levels of success.

Of the many programs out there they really do not do simple tracking very well. Some start out well and die. Some just don't have a clue. Others are kitchen sink varieties and the idea gets lost.

After using mousers epCheck program I was thinking that if something along the lines of this could be had it would be great.

Simple and basic program that can collect data from a stable website like worldcat and keep relevant information at hand.

Tabs for author, series, name, and year.

So far there is not alot out there. Many just fall short. Calibre does not come close since as you add books it gets unwieldy. Use of a spreadsheet is time consuming without out import.

I do not want online since as we have seen over the years things change or they get bought out. Or worse they go offline and all data is lost.

Dreaming but if anyone has an idea it would be great to hear of it. And I already read everything in this forum and others, so most things you might post I probably already looked and and dismissed. So I would imagine it would have to be a hard to find program. Also freeware.
15  DonationCoder.com Software / The Form Letter Machine / Custom date on: February 10, 2014, 07:42:53 PM
What I am looking for is the ability to add the option of date in the future. Either by the hour or by days.

I do many pasting of basic information and this program can help but in playing with it I notice that while there is a fine degree of being able to customize the date there seems to be no way to add future dates to it.

I would like to be able to add in the custom date something along the lines of:

Default:
%A, %B %d, %Y (%I:%M%p)
Monday, February 10, 2014 (08:32PM)

Possible adjustments:
%A, %B %d+3, %Y (%I:%M%p)
Thursday, February 13, 2014 (08:32PM)

As you can see if I was able to add +3 to the date it would change the rest of the information.

It would also be nice to have an option of adding a countdown or count up option to something.

IE:
Bob you have till the agreed upon due date Thursday, March 30, 2014 (47 days) to get the project completed.
16  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: February 02, 2014, 05:02:32 PM
I really appreciate your enthusiasm for epCheck so I hope you're not too disappointed when I tell that most of your requests are somewhat out of scope for what I intended for epCheck.  I'll go through your requests...

What can I say. When I find things that just work I tend to like to see them get fleshed out if they can be.

Nah. Never disappointed. I work as a moderator on a website and for the first two years I bombarded the owner on things that could be done or would come in handy. Maybe 1/30 ever seen the light of day. What he was able to get in there though made huge improvements.

So with that said, don't think I get upset when things I think of get shot down. After all if you don't have someone pointing things out, or nudging you a bit, you might not follow through on the ideas you have not implemented yet or might come at something from another angle.

Search function would have been nice but is a none issue. How about a workaround.

Noticed that the save to CSV only does one series at a time. If we could highlight what we liked one could select all and then search a CSV file.
17  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: February 01, 2014, 08:35:08 AM
OK. Maybe another feature request.

I mentioned once before how I like to go back through older series and watch them. This is usually a catch up with the episode by episode when the current running series are not active.

Is there a way to add either a second tab for series or maybe have it so that if you right click on the series tab it will switch from "current/ongoing" to a "canceled/catch when I can" tab.

Right now, for me, there is around a 100 in the current tab (many shows are British and tend to be 4-8 episodes long but take a year to get to the next season), and once I get around to adding all the canceled series it could balloon up to 250-300 shows.

So to boil it down it would/could be pretty convenient to be able to separate these. Also a slight boon would be that any series added to a second tab could be excluded from the auto refresh and weekly tab so manual updating would be needed.

Maybe even a chance at a third tab for all series previously watched in full so one could go back over them at a later date but not be bothered with them taking up space in the active ongoing tabs.

Another thought. If people keep using your program to keep track of shows new and canceled it might be nice to have a search functions on the story line. The idea being you know it was a TV show you seen but can narrow it down. If you did it on the web there would be many false positive. If you used epCheck it knows specifically which shows you seen and can narrow it down with keyword search.

I know this would probably be expanding on what your original intent was for this program but it if ideas are not presented.... Programs like yours will reach a matured state and updating will fall off so I am trying to get as many ideas/request in so that even after five years after the last update your program can still be successfully used.

Another edit. Just was looking and thgought about  maybe having the # and episode column set to a default minimum so as to be able to always have that information visible. Seen that many times when # hits three digits things get covered.
18  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: January 31, 2014, 10:19:00 PM
Minor one.

If you change the setting for 'The' to be at the end it will not update the ones you had added before.
19  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: January 30, 2014, 08:17:33 PM
Nope. Works well. Like I mentioned before, with a program like this to track my shows I no longer need to use online sites for it. Or a heavy clunky program that does 'more'.

Small, clean, and does what it is ment to well.

Maybe one issue.

I noticed that on a few occasions that it would take a long time to launch. I am assuming that it is gathering information at this time from the web and updating information about the shows.

Is it possible to have that part working as a background thread while the GUI itself loads? Sorta like load last state and after GUI is active for xxx milliseconds it gathers the information? Maybe it is only noticeable for me since I am working on a older P4.
20  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: January 28, 2014, 02:23:29 PM
OK. One other suggestion.

Maybe when you click to check that a show is watched it could be removed from the weekly tab? I have it go back 21 days since I tend to skip some shows in favor of others. I tend to miss many at a time since I am a full time student and a single parent with an active kid life. So I miss many at a time and why it is so long back.

Other than that I can say it is done for me. Except maybe watching the download folder so a dbl click would launch the show itself. ;-)
21  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: January 26, 2014, 02:15:57 PM
Sounds good for watched INI.

Might reiterate my suggestion of listing all episodes ID on first load of the series in the watched INI. When you mark it as seen it removes that episodes ID from the watched INI. Once again the idea is to steadily make the INI smaller over time.

Normal idea of recording.
If it is not there then not seen. If watched mark ID in file so that it is marked seen. (File grows as more and more series are added. More data needs to be read slower program runs.)

Just reversing the logic of recording the data.
If show ID is there it is not seen. If it is not there then marked seen. (File starts large and gets smaller over time no matter how many series you have. Less data faster response.)

-edit
I just seen that what is watched is in the config.ini. My idea still stands on reverse recording and it can stay in the config.ini.
22  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: January 25, 2014, 11:25:48 AM
OK. Things are working well as of the moment.

One request though. Possible to have in the options the ability to download only one image file? I, and others might be as well, am pretty simple when it comes to the image. I am fine with what ever one downloads, just that I went through and deleted all but one image per folder and it reduced the data folder by 90 percent.
23  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: January 24, 2014, 11:53:49 PM
This is what I was looking for. Will be loading up all shows to stress test it.
24  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: January 15, 2014, 03:26:24 AM
I seen you recommend it earlier. Checked it out and for some reason it would not connect to the net. Dropped it for now since your program is close to what I want. Dead simple and easy while being portable and small. Just the seen and not seen is the only thing lacking for me. I will bid my time.

25  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: January 14, 2014, 10:12:33 PM
Not a programmer but I think I can see your point on adding the keeping track of seen shows.

How about default all series as seen before todays date. If something is not seen then add a right click so that one can change status and then add the episode ID to a master list to change the color in the viewing DB.

Might be easier if you go by air date instead since it is already listed in the viewing area.

-Edit

I should have stated that all new series added should default as seen. If none have been seen then it is easy enough to highlight all in the series and change the status. After that nothing is changed unless done manually.

So to clarify. Go by airdate to track. If no airdate is listed by series ID then all have been seen. If none have been seen then all airdate will be in master list and as they are changed manually then that airdate is removed from the list.

Idea being that the list will actually shrink over time instead of getting larger.
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