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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts on: July 30, 2014, 08:09:34 PM
Don't really know what to say mousey. She is well loved and well looked after, and you bet she knows it. Nothing is final and there is still hope!  Keep your spirits up for her cause the happier you are, the happier she will be smiley

You are in mine, Katies and Munchs thoughts smiley
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!! on: July 29, 2014, 06:29:46 PM
Just realized that I never actually uploaded photos of mine...I only uploaded a stock photo before I managed to grab any of my own...

So...Here she is!

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3  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Google ad test on: July 23, 2014, 12:40:45 AM
Kind of wanted to bump this topic for a couple of reasons.

I didn't really look at this thread last year when this all happened, but as for blacklisting those big download button ads and such, they can all be blacklisted pretty simply through the Google control panel.

On another note, a better way to moderate what ads would be available on the website, is to not use such operators as Google.  Instead, one could simply be more selective by having an internal Ad Panel, where members could pay $X for Y Impressions/Clicks for their banners.  These ad accounts would be setup through DC itself and moderated by the DC Gods.  You can also then choose how, where, and when these ads appear.

As an example of the above, this is how I would see that happening:

1. A user visits DC for the first time and would see (instead of an ad), a little banner saying something like "Advertise on our website"
2. They then click-through to see what is involved, and they notice that they can choose literal sections for where they are shown, or be allowed to be shown anywhere on the website.
3. They may also see that because the ads shown on DC are very selective and must go through an internal approval process before being shown, they know that their legitimate ads won't be shown against unscrupulous advertisers.

Those 3 steps alone would be a big selling point for most companies.

If you then offered promotions for people to advertise their offerings, such as "Place a link to us on your website and earn $X in impressions" and such things, then this would also improve DCs backlink quality, which obvious improves things such as Page Ranking.

You could give Supporting Members the option to disable ads on their account so they will never be shown, which would then give people more of a reason to donate to get that tag on their account, which would then mean that those who don't want ads, have already donated to the site, so their possible ad revenue from clicking things, would no longer be something to worry about.

Seeing as DC already has an internal currency system, I don't think doing something like this would be too difficult to do as advertisers could use DonationCredits to purchase Advertising Impressions/Clicks around the site...and unlike other advertisers...they don't have to purchase a specific amount of credit...instead they could simply deposit $100 for DonationCredits, and if they don't feel the ads are doing very well after $30 of spending, then they can withdraw the remainder...donate it to other developers....or donate to other people on the website.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Web Never Forgets on: July 23, 2014, 12:06:03 AM
Tbh, web browsing habits being tracked is such an old topic now, I don't honestly think there is a single person left online that isn't completely aware of it...I mean...even opening up an Incognito Window in Chrome proves that it isn't completely "Stealth" as it still serves up ads that you see in the normal window based off your browsing habits.

To be honest though...I see this as somewhat ideal, as I am only being advertised things that I might find remotely useful..which on a couple of occasions...I have.  If I didn't want ads, I would simply install ad-block.

Tracking as a whole really isn't "evil" as you say...I mean...Google have to make money somehow seeing as they don't charge you a penny for anything they host...not a bad deal really..."Use this for free so long as you let us show you a couple of adverts"...seems fair to me.

A lot of the time, on certain websites, I will purposely click an advert purely based on the fact that it helps with the running costs for that website...much like Imgur...I clicked ads there before upgrading to pro...just to help support them...If DonationCoder had ads around the website...then I would also click them, because the more people that do...the more money the website would earn...simple as that.

If TV channels could tap into "Targeted Ads" then it would be a perfect scenario...as I would see stuff I might actually give a crap about rather than a constant stream of stuff I will quite probably never buy/use/want.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Queens Guards Surprise The Crowd During "The Changing of The Guard" on: July 20, 2014, 01:08:31 PM
During the changing of the royal guards at Buckingham Palace the guards surprised the crowd by playing the theme song of HBO's series "Game of Thrones"

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O59SiA4Yg0A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O59SiA4Yg0A</a>

6  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: (new) icon - make it easier to hit on touch screen device on: July 19, 2014, 01:07:06 PM
Was just thinking about this whilst making a coffee...

What about having the option within ones profile section, or possibly a button somewhere on the website which would allow those links to show a bigger version of the images, or the original ones retrospectively.  (Eg...... (+) (-) buttons).

Alternatively, I am pretty sure SMF has mods that check what platform/device a user is using, and could be used to show X for one device and Y for another.

Just my 2cents smiley
7  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: (new) icon - make it easier to hit on touch screen device on: July 18, 2014, 10:45:25 PM
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8  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: (new) icon - make it easier to hit on touch screen device on: July 18, 2014, 10:44:13 PM
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Clickable enough? tongue
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: July 18, 2014, 08:44:10 PM
Every night for the past three years, a junkyard dog in Brazil has made an eight-mile journey along dark and dangerous roads so she can retrieve a bag of food for her friends – another dog, a cat, and several chickens.  At first she left home to feed her puppies, but now she still makes the journey so she can feed her friends.

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10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Oh god...It's him! on: July 16, 2014, 09:19:21 PM
Hello Mr. S!

It's been too long since you graced us with your company. Glad to see all is well.

Nice photo too. There can never be too many redheads in the world AFAIC. Thmbsup (Got one of my own many years ago and never looked back!) And such a noble dog!...(Got one of those too!) Life is good. smiley

Haha cheers for the kind words smiley  Katie isn't naturally that colour and currently has black/blue hair...I'm fairly sure (but not 100%) that she is naturally brunette...but who the hell knows these days haha

Munch is completely insane and does this kind of thing all the time haha:

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11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Oh god...It's him! on: July 16, 2014, 09:00:58 PM
I believe mouser said all three of you needed to be smiling in the photo! But none of you really are. Even Munch looks a little confused about the whole thing. Try again!

(And welcome back! cheesy)

Challenge Accepted! tongue

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I have been focusing a lot on real life...

DC isn't real life!?
tellme   Cool

Nope...It's just a fantasy!

Hey! Welcome back!

Let the scrolling pages of 1,000 GIFs commence~! cheesy

Mwahahahahahahaha lmao...Also...I did message you on Facebook btw Wink
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Oh god...It's him! on: July 16, 2014, 07:14:58 PM
Hey ewe!
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Oh god...It's him! on: July 16, 2014, 06:42:23 PM
Thanks!

I really am!!  Real life is a strange place but it is well worth checking out from time to time tongue
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Oh god...It's him! on: July 16, 2014, 06:35:35 PM
Hey strangers!

Just thought I would drop by and say hellooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you have all been doing great!

I have been focusing a lot on real life and some small projects and have been happily living with my fiance and Munch (The pooch) since I left.  Times have changed a lot but it feels great to be posting here once again!

As per mousers request...here is a photo of all 3 of us xD

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15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Freeware = CRAP! on: July 24, 2013, 01:56:12 PM
OP is a ...... oh wait...this is DoCo not Reddit...Sorry tongue
16  Other Software / Python / Re: Free Python & other books from Green Tea Press on: July 21, 2013, 10:29:44 PM
Hi langston. 

Firstly, Welcome!

Thanks for letting us know about Green Tea Press and becoming a Supporting Member of DonationCoder.com.

I think I speak for all of us here when I say I hope you find our community warm, and welcoming, and you can make a home here smiley

-Stephen
17  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: RegaLink on: July 20, 2013, 07:50:11 PM
  I would hate to see this become a bloated, bug filled app.  Add in too many request and that's what it may wind up as.....   ohmy

Hence why this is an experimental download, not even classed as Beta smiley - I want to see how the reaction is to it.

To be honest, I had not really planned to take this much further, hence why I released the code for it.  But, I don't mind adding a couple more features...Certainly don't see why it would be bug filled...Obviously not sure if this release has bugs...but seeing as I added very little and the code is simple as hell...it is unlikely smiley
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread on: July 20, 2013, 06:41:23 PM
Simple but delicious!

Pasta Bake:

Ingredients:

1 Bag of Pasta
Pasta Sauce of your choice
As much cheese as you can possibly stomach
Tortilla Chips

Prep:

Pre-heat the oven to 175c
Fill saucepan with water, add 1 table spoon of salt to the water
Bring water to the boil
Add pasta to the pan (As much as you want to eat...it tastes good the next day anyway)
Wait until the pasta is close to cooked and throw the pasta sauce into another pan, and cook until hot (DO NOT ALLOW THE SAUCE TO BOIL)
Add cheese to the sauce

Once the pasta is cooked, transfer to an oven dish and grate cheese on top...mix into the pasta. 
Add the sauce to the mix, and stir into the pasta so it is completely coated.
Grate cheese all over the top.
Add crushed Tortilla Chips over the cheese, then grate more cheese on top (Coat completely)

Place into the now heated oven for appx 15 minutes (Until you get a nice golden color on top) - If your oven has a grill point, it is always nice to grill the top for 5-10 minutes to give it some crispiness, but this is just my preference smiley

Remove from the oven and serve piping hot.  Add more cheese to it if you want (I do) and add salt/pepper to taste.

19  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: RegaLink on: July 20, 2013, 06:28:09 PM
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This is an EXPERIMENTAL download - THIS ONLY CONTAINS THE EXECUTABLE - NO OTHER FILES ARE INCLUDED

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS BUILD, PLEASE REVERT BACK TO THE PREVIOUS EXECUTABLE AND REPORT PROBLEMS!
20  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: RegaLink on: July 20, 2013, 06:20:09 PM
1. Specify URL.txt filename on the command-line. Critical-- since the program allows multiple instances to be active (yay!), it would be really great to be able to launch each one with a different URL.txt file.

- Can be currently achieved (rather cumbersome but works) by having the executable in separate folders for each task - Not the final idea...but until I implement CLI then it will have to do

2. Capitalize (not ALL CAPS) for the word "Add" on the right-mouseclick menu.

- Done

3. I believe that URL.txt files may be programmatically generated by processes; as such, these would be nice additions:

- Huh?

3a. Allow for a "heading" of some sort in URL.txt. When read, the list on screen has some heading displayed.

- I assume you mean in the Form Title? - I will add something temporary here until you reply (Check the settings window in the new version I will be uploading) Seems I added the temp idea - Press CTRL-R in the main window smiley

3b. Allow for a "separator" of some sort in URL.txt. When read, the list on screen has some separator displayed.

-More information please

3c. Allow for a "comment" indicator in URL.txt Simply skip the line when reading in.

-Not yet done

4. Header graphic control: if specified on the command-line, RegaLink will use a JPG file above the current multi-panel display. If the specified graphic is not found, isn't the right size, or otherwise strange, it'll use an internal graphic. This would go a long way toward customization and personalization, and even allows for integration with other programs.

-CLI not implemented yet - However, do you mean this to replace the "RegaLink" logo thing?  If so, I could quite easily just add this by loading up the graphic from the folder as a logo.png file, instead of containing the graphic inside the EXE, if this would help for now?

5. Color control for font, background, borders, whatever. Either ad hoc via command-line, or from a family of color choices, or even a config file? A config file might be a convenient place to park options.

- Added a stop-gap font option...currently doesn't save, but want to know if this is how you mean smiley

6. Font size flexibility: you'll be old someday too.


-As above

7. Change the time format to (something like) 14 May 10:25 AM: My thinking here is that year values won't really ever be needed, and quite probably seconds. A human-optimized date format

- Going to figure out how to user-specify this option smiley

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21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Micro-Fundraiser for the Official DonationCoder CodyMobile! on: July 12, 2013, 09:23:05 AM
Contributions still welcome
Here's a wheel nut…

Where the hell is the +1 button when you need it!
22  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Website backup software BackupSF Pro 56% discount coupon code today. on: July 11, 2013, 09:10:14 PM
Hi denn, thanks for letting us know!
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Online) Activities to do with a (long distance) friend or partner on: July 11, 2013, 09:04:44 PM
I would have to say Stephen really gave good advice on that. I have never been in a real long distance relationship so my advice would be rather noobish. I will say that honestly is always the key to any long lasting relationship.

Honesty, and openness are 2 seriously important factors in any relationship.  In a long distance relationship (which I am in), you should also have a LOT of trust for the other person, and never put too much pressure on them.

Also, along with that, you should always try to meet up as often as you can.  Communication, and mutual respect/love is one thing, but NOTHING can replace the feeling of holding your partner, or being next to them.  Yes, leaving them again will hurt, but...that will make you stronger smiley
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread on: July 11, 2013, 08:55:45 PM
Beef Lasagne

Preparation time:
25 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hours 10 minutes
Serves: 6



Ingredients:

   
  •     350g (12oz) lean minced beef
  •     1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  •     1 large clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  •     1 Beef Stock Cube - Beef reduction is a suitable alternative here
  •     600g canned chopped tomatoes
  •     2–3 tbsps tomato purée
  •     Handful of fresh chopped herbs, Try a mixture of: thyme, sage, oregano and rosemary
  •     Good pinch freshly ground pepper
  •     1 glass red wine (125ml) - Don't use cheap plonk or you will regret it.  Try to spend a decent amount on the wine...You can always use the rest for Dinner Drinks!
  •     175g (6oz) lasagne sheets


    Béchamel:
   
  •     425ml (¾ pint) semi-skimmed milk
  •     1 small onion and carrot
  •     Bay leaf
  •     25g (1oz) flour
  •     40g (1½oz) Parmesan cheese, grated

When cooking the béchamel, you could also try adding a pinch of nutmeg for additional flavor!

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to moderate 170°C (fan assisted), 350°F, gas mark 4.

2. Place mince, onion and garlic in a pan and fry, stirring until the beef is browned.

3. Crumble in the stock cube/pour in the beef reduction and stir in. Add the tomatoes, tomato purée, herbs, pepper and wine. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Meanwhile, cook the lasagne in boiling salted water for 10–15 minutes, until just soft. Drain and rinse in cold water.

5. For the sauce, bring the milk to the boil with the onion, carrot and bay leaf. Take off the heat and leave to infuse for 10–15 minutes. Strain the milk and place back in the pan with the flour. Stirring constantly, bring to the boil and simmer for 2–3 minutes until thickened and smooth.

6. In an ovenproof dish, layer the meat mixture, lasagne and sauce ending with the sauce and sprinkle with the cheese.

7. Cook in preheated oven for 30–40 minutes.

8.  Serve with a topping of cheese, and sprinkle on some rosemary over the top.
25  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: RegaLink on: July 11, 2013, 06:45:19 PM
Hey cci8j,

Just to let you know, I am actually fully recovered now, however, I must ask for a little more patience due to me moving 350 miles from my current location.  Once I am settled in there, I can finally sit down and do some serious coding (I miss it like crazy) smiley

Thanks for your continued support and loyalty!

-Stephen
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