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1  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Help me think of a small ipad app idea to code on: July 31, 2012, 12:49:41 PM
You are having trouble understanding why donationcoder.com was not acceptable?  Let me spell it out:  donationcoder.com.  It is an anathema to Apple.  I am suprised it didn't autocorrect it to ripyouoffcoder.com.  That they could understand and even respect....

(And before anyone gets the wrong idea, donations != ripoff - quite the opposite.  But I would expect Apple would equate the two).
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just Had a Baby Girl~! on: June 02, 2012, 10:11:39 AM
One piece of good news is that it doesn't take all that long to figure out which end to wipe first.
At that age it is both ends, as well as front and back.  At least it was with both of my girls...Just beware the spaghetti in about a year.  Your jokes about the spaghetti monster WILL take on new meanings.

Congratulations.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When are modern Terms of Service going to change? on: March 17, 2012, 03:10:33 PM
I think that is the point of making them so long.  To cover every possibility so the courts have to rule in their favor.  Remember, many/most of these are made by lawyers who's job is to protect against any possible lawsuits and clarify the owners stance on what is and is not acceptable.  So they do so in explicitly legal terms that are so long, only a lawyer will end up deciphering it.  As for you ignoring it, well that is up to you, but you clicked okay, so you are bound to it (supposedly).  I haven't seen any case where it has been tested however.

As for the law to be passed, well it never will.  Remember most politicians both in the US and abroad were lawyers first.  Why would they forsake their secondary profession on behalf of the people (as a whole - some individuals may).
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: System tray to be on the top: on: March 16, 2012, 10:20:23 PM
I may be mistaken, Lanux, but that looks like a windows menu.  The request was for in Ubuntu 11:04 - or is that what you used?

(If so, they have come a LONG way to mimicing windows menus - just in time for Windows 8 to change it all  undecided)
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: On a lighter note: A Man Said to the Universe on: March 16, 2012, 09:29:43 PM
The condensed version of the original:

A man said to the universe:
"Sir, I exist!"
"So?" replied the universe
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: True shared updatable calendar access for all, and (almost) free on: March 15, 2012, 08:03:11 PM
*Burp*

Sorry, I ate it.... Sad
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon pulls thousands of e-books... and the SFWA strikes back on: February 28, 2012, 10:06:22 PM
Oooooo! That's right. They did do that didn't they? (McMillan titles wasn't it?)

Thanks for reminding us Carol. That's something that "should (n)ever be forgot." Thmbsup

I am surprised you did forget.  Getting old aren't you. tongue
Seriously though, this is the main reason I never did buy an E-Reader.  The concept is great and it is a no-brainer if there were some enforcements for consumer rights instead of focusing exclusively on the distributor rights (and by extension and to a lesser extend content producer rights).

First there was the hardware, with limited/no titles; at least none compelling enough to get people to buy in droves.  Then Amazon started producing titles for their hardware upon release.  That opened up the market, but with it's site fixed firmly in their own pocketbook, it was limited as well.  Then others finally saw the potential and the method and followed suit. 

Next is what I am waiting for - consolidation, standardization, and then real choice.  Haven't seen that yet though.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Superboyac is throwing in the towel: I'm going to transition to Linux on: February 28, 2012, 09:52:42 PM
I am with you 100% 40hz.  I have dabbled in several different distros, use CentOS at work (now moving to RedHat Enterprise, because they are forcing the issue), use Mint Linux Debian Edition with xfce at home, set up others on Ubuntu, etc., etc....

By far, Mint is my choice, especially for the Debian editions...They just work (is this a Mac commercial?).  Once you get started you can dig as far as you want to on any distro, so learning on Gentoo or Slackware seems counterintuitive to me.  Sure you fight through it because you HAVE to, but if you want to learn it from the ground up, do it with the fallback to something you can find instead of frustrating yourself out of Linux all together.  Many find learning through that frustration not worth the effort, especially when they need/want to get stuff done.  

I have gone more the other way though.  As much as I like linux, especially Debian version of Mint, I am leaning far more heavily toward Windows, since I keep finding many of the apps I want or need are there.  Sure there are similar apps in Linux for the most part, but their quality varies far more and the learning curve FOR EACH APP is far higher (in general).  The server side is different (it is generally always high regardless of platform), but for the desktop, I just keep coming back to Windows.  AND...the apps that are for the desktop that are good and supported in Linux are generally available for Windows anyway; but that is just me.  I like most all OS's (not a big fan of System-Z) on the technical level, so I am fairly agnostic there.  Of course there is that corporate side of things - but in the end it is, as the saying goes, ALL ABOUT THE APPS.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: visual basic for applications, where to go for resources and solved examples? on: February 26, 2012, 12:59:00 PM
I just typed in VBA Programming and got a ton of hits.  I even found this one:  irc.netsplit.de/channels/?chat=visual+basic

Can't guarantee it is exactly what you are looking for, but it seems to fit the bill.  (I am behind a firewall right now and can't connect to IRC to verify).
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I Need DC Input on: February 25, 2012, 09:22:22 AM
Yep.  Definite Nerd-Porn as my wife calls it....
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just like the MPAA didn't learn from the RIAA, the games industry is next on: February 07, 2012, 01:08:19 PM
Oh, it's not just this guy. Big publishers like EA and UbiSoft are speaking out against used games and trying their best to make it so it's not worth buying a game used.

Despicable.

Well that's easy.  Price them to where used games are useless - but then they can't a**rape the public for each crappy followup that is little more than a feature pack to the original...
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Uhuru Software on: January 17, 2012, 05:03:26 AM
I just read about this open source project at http://uhurusoftware.com/.  Looks really cool if it works and you are a .Net developer.  It is designed to allow VisualStudio and any .Net code to work with VMware's Cloud Foundry PaaS offering, though from what I read, it should work with pretty much any service, not just Cloud Foundry.  VMware also released their MicroCloud platform - essentially it is a single machine instance of Cloud Foundry to make developing against Cloud Foundry easier.  If Uhuru lives up to it's advertising and you have the MicroCloud, you should be able to fully develop cloud based software in your own machine using .Net and deploy anywhere.

Check it out and let me know what you think.  I am curious because I am 1) not a developer per se (hobbiest at best - and a bad one at that), and 2) what I tool around with is Java, not .Net, at least not yet.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Save the internet" on: January 17, 2012, 01:28:56 AM
Does this mean I was just ahead of the curve?  My family and I haven't had TV (well rabbit ears only that don't work 75% of the time) at all for about 4 or 5 years now.  We cut cable completely about 3 years (no phone, no TV) and get internet through "DSL" (Not really, but it is a fibreoptic feed from the phone company so it is referred to as that).  Working to scratch that too, but I don't see cellular vendors providing a reasonable cost or speed on their service yet, so DSL is the only reasonably priced alternative at this time.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who's up for a DonationCoder talk show? on: January 17, 2012, 01:17:10 AM
To continue your topic derailment, yes, DC Talk is pretty awesome.  Been a fan for around 20 years now.  First heard them in 91-92 time frame when a military buddy of mine introduced me to their music.

Getting back OT, it could prove interesting.  It has been tried before, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be tried again.
15  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: 2012 Kingsoft Office Suite Professional, Giveaway of the Day on: January 16, 2012, 01:18:42 PM
Oddly enough, they are touting it as the Professional version, but it is only the standard version.  What's the difference?  No VBA support (and $20 cheaper if you buy it).
16  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Giveaway of the Day - ArcSoft Perfect365 on: January 14, 2012, 06:22:33 PM
I see that the new Fotoshop by Adobé is the ultimate makeup

Amazing. Even works on videos, apparently.
Nice timing.  My wife just showed that one to me last night and I didn't get the link to post here before you did. Thmbsup
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Of course you know, this means WAR Gentlemen!" Microsoft makes its move. on: January 14, 2012, 06:05:46 PM
In the final analysis, if you don't like windows or how it operates.... don't buy it.
It is amazing how many problems would be solved if people followed this philosophy.

I've been saying as much all along, but this is a VERY different beast we're now talking about.
This is hardware.

"So what? Apple's done that for years", you might say.
This is diffferent.
Apple has their own stuff, and a niche market.
This is Microsoft.
That means everything else.
Do you not get it yet?

EVERYTHING ELSE.

Please understand this, I don't want to get angry.
.. yet.

Um, yeah, except Apple isn't a niche market anymore.  Besides, with all the holes Microsoft always bakes in, I see this as a potentially good thing.  Why?  Because Apple has relied on the very same UEFI to lock software to hardware and viseversa.  If people break it for Microsoft, and they will...eventually, don't you think it would be a pretty good bet the same or very similar hack will break OSX and the Apple monopoly.  I am not completely certain that isn't a side goal of Microsoft.

Now, with all that said, I really only see this as another step of Microsoft out of ideas and "me too"ing Apple.  It works for Apple, and they have no ideas, so let's do it too and lock everyone in again.  The thing is, lock-in is how Microsoft beat all the competition in the late 80's...namely they didn't when everyone else did.  Therefore while it will suck for a while, either they will use it to break competition again, or someone else will.  Yes, it will take time, but it will happen.

I can tell you one thing, if they keep following Apple like they have been, my next machine will BE an Apple with VMware installing all other OS's (unless I can find a reliable way to virtualize OSX and it's ancestors).  Microsoft doesn't have the balls to lock Windows out of a virtual environment.  It will alienate way too many IT shops.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best USB/Bootable recovery and "utility" tools on: January 12, 2012, 06:20:32 PM
I have used Hiren's with some success.  BartPE is great, but I have never been able to create my own collection, I have only ever used one someone else created to good success.  UBCD?  No. Never have.

40Hz - That WSUS Offline Update is interesting, but it does limit you significantly in a heterogeneous environment.  If everything is Windows, I can see it.  Where I work, not so much.  Like you Josh, I yearn for the days of Winternals ERD Commander.  THAT was a great tool during XP's heyday.
19  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Lost My Faith - Need New Religion - Need LAMP Help... on: January 09, 2012, 05:43:47 PM
Not that I can speak from experience per se, but I do suggest the VPS option if you don't use your own server(s) to their fullest.  It can be significantly cheaper than owning your own server, and is often backed up by enterprise features you couldn't afford with your own server.  Things like automated backup, failover, clustering (potentially), etc.  Yes, most charge extra for those features, but not a lot compared to the costs and hassles of doing it yourself.  Specific companies, however, I cannot recommend due to lack of experience with any of them.

As for the email server, I have heard a lot of good things from Open-Exchange.  Don't know anything about it from an admin standpoint other than that hearsay, but I can say it is functional enough from the client end (My ISP uses it).  It isn't great, but I don't know many/any that are anywhere near Exchange in features/compatibility/stability.  Two of the three, yes, but not all three.

Server OS?  I am partial to Debian, but that is only because I really like Mint Linux and the LMDE release.  Yes, this is designed as a desktop edition, but keeping the desktop and the Server the same base OS does make some things marginally easier.  Otherwise I have been told by many that SUSE is by far the easiest for most people to learn coming from Windows Servers.  CentOS is also quite popular and I use it at work everyday (as a user, not an admin) - it is also quite functional.  The one thing I learned with Linux is don't worry too much about the flavor, just choose a popular one and dive in.  You can figure it out and learn as you go.  By and large, the changes are in the shell and not the OS itself anyway, which makes them relatively easy to rip and replace as needed.

Lastly CMS.  Can't say.  My only suggestion here is WordPress is the biggest general purpose CMS deployed (measured by number of deployments).  There has to be a reason for that...I will leave it to your own research and conclusions as to why, but that is why I would start there.
20  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 - Pledge: PerceptualDiff GUI on: December 28, 2011, 12:34:03 AM
I'm just glad we can help  cheesy

I think this may prove a VERY useful program.  Though I don't have as much need for it now as I used to when I worked in a print room.  Everything sent to me was a TIFF or PDF, and few, if any programs could diff TIFF programs reliably.  PDF's were better, but it was still cumbersome.  What we needed was a visual, or as Hector calls it, perceptual diff engine.  I didn't even know it was developed as I couldn't find anything at the time that would do what we wanted.  Now that I know, and better, know where a good front-end for it is; I can see this as a very useful tool.  It is, however, a very niche project and as such I hope you get a link on his page at least.  It is something that people using his tool should know about so they can decide if they want to use it or not.
21  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 - Pledge: PerceptualDiff GUI on: December 27, 2011, 11:27:58 PM
I am sorry you took my questions differently, I didn't mean to imply you didn't.  I knew you gave him full credit right up front and that you "only" (as you put it) made a front end GUI for a command line project.  I got from your original statements everything you said (well except the part about whether or not the original was packaged in with your GUI or if they were separate).  I just meant that since you did such a nice job and he has that package already, that DoCo members aren't the only ones who might want it and that Hector might want to host the GUI on his SourceForge site to make his program easier to use. 
22  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 - Pledge: PerceptualDiff GUI on: December 26, 2011, 05:30:09 PM
JoTo - I admit I haven't downloaded it yet, but does this require I also download pdiff, or is pdiff included in the program download?  Also, any plans to release this back to the project?  I find so many front ends to make sourceforge projects easier are not always released back to the project and are a surprise to the project developers in some cases.  Granted, some just reject it for a variety of reasons, but it is worth at least offering it as an addition if you haven't already.
23  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ribbon UI - is it really THAT good? on: December 26, 2011, 04:42:26 PM

I'm advising my business clients not to buy any app they will use in their business from an app store where the owner of the store can kill apps already purchased. No business in their right mind should want any applications -- especially applications that are or might become "business critical" -- that someone can kill switch at any time. That's like giving someone a kill switch for your business. I really don't think Microsoft has thought a lot of this stuff through given that a lot of their income comes from sales to businesses.

I love this quote because it DEFINES my problem with "cloud computing".  My only caveat is that it should be person instead of business.  Thmbsup

Point is, if Microsoft goes that route, it's far easier for enterprise customers to go along than it is for them to retool over to a new OS and a new set of core applications. Especially since Microsoft has already announced plans to allow big corporate users to run what amounts to their own app store in-house.

I have to agree here, primarily because of the last statement.  If they are allowed to "own" their own app store and download the bits (not unlike the current licensing scheme they are allowed to implement), then there is no need for them to worry much about it.  IT already is the stop-light for software distribution, this is just another tool to make it easier for IT to do what it already does.

The problem with the argument about custom software is two-fold in my opinion.  First off, custom is expensive.  It costs a lot to develop and orders of magnitude more to maintain.  Moreover the knowledge and experiences gained cannot and will not ever be fully captured.  Documentation only takes you so far.  I work on a mainframe that was developed in-house in the 80's.  Today we have 2nd and in some cases 3rd generation personnel working on these systems.  Many times, they don't even know what it is doing, and even if they do, they don't know all the details.  As often as not, if an obscure or rarely failing piece fails to work, they try restarting it.  If it truly is broke, they apply patches that are essentially error catches that tell it how to function now, because they don't know how to fix the original code or in some cases even where that code resides.

The second problem with the argument is that more often than not (due to time & other cost considerations) the "custom" code is little more than glue-scripts that exchange data between two packages.  It is rare that any software is fully customized, even in large corporations, unless there is no other alternative or it IS the product.  Can it be done?  Of course.  Will it be done?  Only if there is NO other reasonable solution.
24  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge and Early Beta: Christian Prayer Minder on: December 24, 2011, 06:44:34 PM
I find so many of your programs cool and useful, but I never use many of them because when I want to use them is when I am away from my computer - aka mobile app.  I realize you use .Net so making Android/iPhone/iPad apps would likely not be possible, or at least a ways off, but is it possible to make them so they target Windows Phone at least as well?  I (unfortunately) do not have a windows phone, at least not yet, but I would think it might make these programs more useful to those who do.  And if you do make an iPhone app for them, I would be more than happy to test  cheesy.  Just a thought to throw out there for you....
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: adding tab support to apps that dont have it on: December 24, 2011, 03:52:07 PM
If you can structure entire OS's into tabs using virtualization, I can't imagine it being any more difficult (and quite a bit less) to create a generic tabbing window that you can open individual apps within.  It may not be the most efficient or best way to do it, but it would certainly fulfill the need and is exactly what I think Kalos was after. Windows already enforces the one app per window, so you would just need to add a tab-like extention that can be yet another view just like tile, full screen, or cascade.  Not saying it is easy, but certainly not as hard as you seem to make it out to be either.
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