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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: Today at 05:12:40 AM
The whole buffer vs window vs tab page distinction seems a little convoluted;

Quote from: Vim help
Summary:
   A buffer is the in-memory text of a file.
   A window is a viewport on a buffer.
   A tab page is a collection of windows.

must be written by a programmer Grin.

By default you can't open a file, make a change and then open another file without saving the first one. That seems odd, but I am sure there is some Unix explanation for it.

Also, by default vim doesn't open another file from the same folder as the current one. If you just opened "C:\data\long\path\foo.c", and then want to open foo.h from the same folder, you need the entire path again. I know there's command history, but you get what I mean -- most other editors would start by looking in the same folder.

I think it adds a bit to the complexity of starting to use Vim that you have to fiddle with settings to get it to behave similar to what you would expect.

I should probably try vimtutor again embarassed.
2  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: Today at 03:17:10 AM
For me, Sublimes two killer features are its excellent multiple selections feature (which would be absolutely cool to have in VS; there is a plugin but it doesn't quite work so well) and its goto-anything feature (which VS now also kind of has; it's called NavigateTo - Ctrl+,).

I agree, the way multiple cursors and the fuzzy search in panels like goto-anything and command palette work in Sublime Text are very sleek. You can see other editors are copying these features (for instance UltraEdit just got what looks like multiple cursors that work). On the surface Atom looks like it was heavily inspired by ST (even the names for these features are the same, most other editors came up with their own slightly different names).

I am not saying ST was the first to implement these things, but it does them so very well.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: April 16, 2014, 04:40:02 PM
Being able to install it seems like a good starting point Thmbsup.

I've managed to get it running, and this time around I decided to try to stop myself from trying to install a bunch of fancy plugins. I seem to remember that was part of what killed me last time -- I had to fight with learning plugins as well as Vim.

So, I've got Vim, pathogen, sensible, commentary, and of course my favorite color scheme solarized.

Hmm, guess I am not doing too well on skipping plugins am I? embarassed

Here are some resources I am looking at:

Vim Tips Wiki with some links to resources
Learn Vim Progressively
The Vim Learning Curve is a Myth
Vim Adventures a game, how odd?
Vimcasts

(Btw, I might have sneaked a set guifont=Dina:h8:cANSI into my .vimrc as well tongue)
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / The AVE on: April 16, 2014, 05:56:28 AM
So, you find yourself reading a discussion somewhere about text editors or IDEs, and that one guy mentions Vim. You start to think about how awesome it would be to know Vim, how all the cool kids seem to do. There's something special about a text editor that works entirely different from all other text editors. You seem to remember sometime last year where you tried to learn Vim, but you can't quite put your finger on why you didn't end up being a Vim pro.

That's right, it's time for ...

The Annual Vim Experiment Grin

It's been long enough since the last time that you've forgotten the time it took to play with .vimrc to get something that looked halfway usable. You've repressed the countless hours of fumbling around and googling just to edit a few lines of text. You can't remember the aggrevation of every single other program on your computer doing random things as you involuntarily used a Vim shortcut that was on it's way into your muscle memory. If you're using Windows, you've forgotten how half the plugins are a pain to install because they assume Ruby or Python or something else. And if you're using a non-US keyboard, you also forgot how 5% of the commands were hard or impossible to press.

All of that is far enough away in your memory that you are ready to give it another try. And who knows, maybe this time you will succeed if you get the right help -- the question is what are the best resources to get you going?
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft dropping support for Windows 8.1 on: April 15, 2014, 04:15:28 AM
If you can't get users to upgrade by adding new features, I guess forcing them to upgrade by not fixing bugs is one way to go (and getting them to subscribe monthly appears to be the other at the moment) Grin.

I sympathize with their dilemma though, they must be drowning in backwards compatibility.
6  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: About the Python 2 to 3 Transition... on: April 13, 2014, 10:23:07 AM
Speaking of which, just saw the announcement that Python 2.7 support has been extended from 2015 to 2020.

Personally, I was happy to start seeing projects supporting Python3, so I hope this will not be a setback.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: April 11, 2014, 05:29:34 AM
http://xkcd.com/1354/

Grin
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes is moving away from lifetime licenses on: April 09, 2014, 03:33:51 PM
From the release history for 2.0.1:

Quote
  • All scheduled scans should now run without popping up the main UI so that users are not interrupted

Still pops up the window after every scheduled scan here undecided.

And they need to fix it so the new version can update itself without having to be run directly from the admin account.
9  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: [Doubts] One Pixel Difference in Selected Region and Dimension Display on: April 06, 2014, 12:12:17 PM
1) Hm, for region select, I'd expect to get the selection inside the selection-box that I've meticulously drawn around the stuff I'd like to capture using the enlarged view near the cursor, and not have 1 extra pixel-row added on any of the sides.

Doesn't a region select have to capture what is on the edge as well? or there is no way to select the entire width or height of an image. Unless you somehow allow the selection to go one pixel beyond the edge, but that seems somewhat strange.
10  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: 86% of Gamers Prefer Free Games With Advertisements on: April 01, 2014, 10:08:59 AM
Games with advertisement and free-to-play games can sometimes work. The problem is it opens up the opportunity of making easy money with scammy tactics like keeping your app going when it should be closed, popping up adds over the "continue" button at just the right time, huge adds with 5 pixel close buttons, etc.

I like to think if your revenue is based on selling your product, you are more likely to try to improve business by improving your product.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: April 1, 2014 on: April 01, 2014, 04:19:58 AM
Atlassian BitBand - https://www.atlassian.com/bitband

Facebook buying Ubuntu - http://itsfoss.com/facebo...-buy-ubuntu-for-3-billion

Google Roundup - http://ausdroid.net/2014/...-april-fools-pranks-2014/

SwiftKey Flow Hard - http://youtu.be/-QfhTWJIDCM

Samsung Fingers - http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/?p=35430 (apparently HTC had the same idea)

CERN switching to Comic Sans - http://home.web.cern.ch/a...04/cern-switch-comic-sans

Grin
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft: All your data are belong to us. on: March 28, 2014, 01:24:49 AM
I think if it's "free", or the company obviously has a commercial interest in your data not only in selling you the service, then you can be pretty sure they will take a peek.

If you want something where this is less likely, perhaps a commercial provider which is not also a multi-billion dollar conglomerate might work.

I've been using fastmail for a couple of years, and since the break with Opera, I don't see them having much interest in the data.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? (All about Git, Mercurial-Hg and the like...) on: March 27, 2014, 10:27:12 AM
A Note About Git Commit Messages might also be worth checking out. Commits that just say "changed some stuff" are not much use to others (or yourself a couple of weeks later Grin).
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 26, 2014, 02:16:53 AM
A significant percentage of home computers (and sadly an awful lot of business computers) have low quality power supplies which are plugged into outlets with inconsistent line quality and poor or nonexistent grounding. When you replace the mechanical bits of a hard drive with the purely electronic ones in a SSD it stands to reason cheap computers would have a higher failure rate than expensive ones. I'm over generalizing a bit because not every expensive computer has a quality power supply but a quality power supply usually makes for a more expensive computer.

+1

I've had three motherboards and a graphics card toasted before I started buying quality power supplies.
15  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: March 24, 2014, 07:09:49 AM
Just to let you know, I updated from beta 64 to 65, and the flickering seems to be fixed now Thmbsup.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 23, 2014, 03:36:43 PM
I'm looking at this more from a server perspective (since that's where my experience chiefly lies). But there's enough in common between PCs and servers that I think what applies to one pretty much applies to the other as far as hardware goes. Two articles worth looking at are here and here.

Thanks for the links, some good stuff there Thmbsup.

I think you're right, the server/enterprise market is a little different. Personally, I've had my SSD for little over two years, and the wear indicator is at 2%. If I can get that with all user and temp folders and the pagefile on the SSD, that's okay for me.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 23, 2014, 01:49:04 AM
^^ Amen.  I've heard it since SSD's came out that the swapfile (pagefile on Windows) should go on a fast but non-SSD Disk.  Hadn't thought of the temp and log files, good catch.

I think for most recent SSD drives, the controller is likely to die years before the read/write tear of the temp folders is going to make a dent. I can't find anything backing this up though, most tutorials seem to reiterate the wisdom of five years ago.

Regarding the pagefile, here is a Microsoft Q&A from 2010 stating some usage data for the pagefile (near the bottom) and recommending keeping it on the SSD.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OneNote is now free on: March 22, 2014, 03:26:24 PM
Did you by chance already have some Office x64 products installed before you installed OneNote?

I only had the free Word Viewer (with compatibility pack) installed (only think that comes in 32-bit). I noticed it no longer opens docx files but gives an error message now, not sure if the OneNote install broke it.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OneNote is now free on: March 20, 2014, 04:11:54 PM
But other than that, this is cool news! I love OneNote. I thought it was really cool/useful in Office 2007.

A few points from the other thread:

  • It's more like freemium
  • You can only use notebooks stored in the cloud in the free version (you have to buy/subscribe to Office to use a local notebook)
  • It's around 1 GB installed, the tiny setup tool downloads all of that
  • It also installs OneDrive and a printer driver
  • Some people see 64-bit programs being installed when they chose the 32-bit version, not sure what exactly the difference is
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 20, 2014, 09:05:25 AM
Still haven't seen any restriction so still confused by the original comment.... like I said it may be I have no clue smiley

Try pressing the purple Files menu item in the upper left corner, this opens a page with a menu on the left. Choose New from this menu, and you will get a page that lets you create a new notebook.

Here you can choose between your OneDrive, Computer, or adding a destination. Choose Computer.

Now enter any name for your new notebook and press the Create Notebook button. This should get you the dialogue in question.

Alternatively, if you right-click a notebook in the bar at the top, and choose Settings, you get a dialogue with a button labeled "Change location". If you press that, you get a standard folder select dialogue, but once you select a folder on your local computer, you get the same dialogue saying you cannot open a local notebook using this version.

Disclaimer: I have a Danish version, so the names of buttons and such are based on best guess of what the English version says embarassed.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 20, 2014, 03:36:00 AM
Why would they not be up-front about it? What would they expect to achieve otherwise? Wait for the unavoidable backlash when people realised that they had been conned? That doesn't make sense. It would be self-inflicted highly negative word-of-mouth advertising. This would be a stupid thing to do, from a marketing perspective alone. It would not make sense.

One of the news sites called it a freemiumw version, which I think looks to be more or less accurate.

Perhaps if they had called it "OneNote Cloud", to differentiate it from the full version.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 19, 2014, 10:55:47 AM
Not trying to be funny, but I don't get it. No offline notes at all or only in certain cases (created on PC?) it won't be available offline? Colour me confused  embarassed

I just tried creating a new notebook on my computer instead of the cloud like the default one, and got the same dialogue saying this version can only create notebooks on OneCloud Angry.

I am starting to feel there is a lot of information about this free offer that would have been handy on the download page instead of all the stock photos of happy people Grin.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 19, 2014, 07:55:20 AM
@Jibz: Was this experience (above) purely from using the FREE OneNote download/install? Was it the 32 or 64 bit version?

It was using the free version, and I downloaded the 32-bit installer, but like 4wd mentioned, it appears to have installed the 64-bit version.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 19, 2014, 02:53:43 AM
So far, I don't have much use for 4., 7., and 8., but these are of interest:
  • 1. OneNote Clipper looks rather nifty, but I am still trialling it. I am hoping it will make Scrapbook obsolete. Just what I was needing/wanting. We shall see.
  • 2. me@onenote.com for emailing notes to OneNote. Very handy. Just what I was needing/wanting. Works out well in testing.
  • 3. Office Lens for capturing documents and whiteboards with your Windows Phone. Amazing. Potentially very useful. Just what I was needing/wanting. Now all I need is a Windows phone, and this is a good reason for getting one (so I can test Office Lens).
  • 5. Easy document scanning to OneNote with Brother, Doxie Go, Epson, and Neat. Could be very handy for me, using the Brother and Epson apps. Needs testing.
  • 6. Writing notes with pen and paper and sending them to OneNote with Livescribe. Not sure about this yet, nor whether it duplicates the functionality of something else - e.g., (say) Office Lens.
  • 9. Connecting your world to OneNote with IFTTT. Not sure about this yet.

I've spent the past half hour fighting with clipping to OneNote. I hope I am missing something, because it seem quite bad compared to Evernote.

The little clipper tool that sits in your tray has three options when you press Win-N:

  • Take a screenshot - this gives you a crosshair you can use to drag over the area of the screen you wish to copy, no option to take a screenshot of a window only like in Evernote
  • Send to OneNote - sounds great, but only works if you are clipping from IE or Office apps (and presumably whatever apps choose to support the OneNote clipping API), otherwise it's greyed out. By contrast, Evernote will clip from anything you can copy from, it happily clips from OneNote as well tongue.
  • New quick note - opens a little window with a blank note

1) I was trying to clip a single post from this thread from Chrome (I chose one by wraith808 due to the little banner). I highlighted the post, and this is what Win-A produces in Evernote:

[attach=1]

I installed the Clip to OneNote button in my toolbar, and pressed that, after logging in to Live, and waiting for the desktop app to sync the note after clipping it, the result was this:

[attach=2]

I then tried copying the highlighted post and opened a new OneNote note and pasted it, resulting in this:

[attach=3]

Opening the page in IE and highlighting the post and using the Clipper tool to Send to OneNote produced a note with the entire thread in it instead of just the selected part.

Searching the web a bit, there seems to be some hacks involving a "Print to OneNote" printer driver that is also installed with OneNote, but that would send the entire page to OneNote again, so I gave up here.

Regarding 3) Office Lens, it looks really nice, shame that it's Windows Phone/Tablet only.

I think the big hurdle for Microsoft if they want to compete with Evernote is to get over themselves and stop making solutions that only work with other Microsoft products. Providing a clipping tool that only really works with IE and Office apps is just not good enough. Making a fancy document capture app, and then only making it available on Windows Phone is no good either.

Playing around with OneNote, I can see some advantages when collecting notes on a subject, it has better freeform editing, where Evernote feels much like a bunch of post-it notes. But Evernote excells at clipping random bits of information for later use.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 18, 2014, 04:23:22 PM
Looks like it takes up over 1 GB installed, that's impressive.

Oh, and also worth noting, it seems it installs the OneDrive app.
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