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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: August 18, 2014, 12:52:16 PM
A Cthulhu Ouija Board! Ftaghn! Ia!

Neat!

I'm not generally a superstitious type, but I think I'd be afraid to actually play with the thing.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mitro: FOSS alternative to LastPass on: August 12, 2014, 03:01:09 PM
Link to the github repo: https://github.com/mitro-co/mitro
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: EFF's "Stupid Patent of the Month" raises awareness, shames patent trolls on: August 10, 2014, 04:31:42 PM
Somehow, something that wasn’t patentable became patentable just by saying “do it with a computer."

Just got back from filing my patent on Internet porn. Tomorrow I start looking for an island country to purchase.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: August 09, 2014, 11:19:59 PM
Getting a real shaving kit is an idea I've been toying with, though my facial hair is so sparse as to be just a level or two above peach fuzz.

As far as extending the life of your blades: when I was a kid you could get a small pyramid that you'd put your razor blades inside in order to keep them sharp through 'pyramid power'.  I imagine that Gillette did something to suppress that technology.  I think you should test it out.

Also, your post reminded me of this SNL parody from the very first show, back in 1975 (starring current US Senator Al Franken as "the Caveman"):

     http://snltranscripts.jt.org/75/75atriple.phtml
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anybody seriously think an e-book is still the better option most times? on: August 01, 2014, 09:10:28 PM
You mean like when a bank forecloses? Yeah, you don't actually own your home until you have finished paying the bank for it, plus interest. In essence, as long as you still have a mortgage, you are renting the house from the bank, who is the real owner.

Except one difference is that the bank can't just say, "we don't want to service this loan anymore so we're foreclosing".  You have to actually not pay them for some period of time before they can kick you out.

Of course, there's the government, who will be wanting you to pay property taxes in perpetuity... or else.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Diamond Editor, multi-platform successor to Crimson Editor on: July 30, 2014, 03:13:56 AM
Interested because I can't find one damn editor on Linux that will do what Notepad++ or TextPad will do.

I haven't used it, but someone I work with uses UltraEdit for Linux (UEx) and seems to like it.  My understanding is that now an UltraEdit license allows you to use it for Windows, Mac or Linux, so if you already have an UltraEdit license, you can use UEx (maybe after paying for an upgrade).
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher 5 will be free on: July 29, 2014, 12:15:54 PM
Well... I bought AdGuard for now. HTTPS support seems to be mandatory these days.

Let us know how you like it after you've had a bit of time with it. 

Ad Muncher is still working pretty well for me so far, but I'd like to stay informed on possible alternatives should things deteriorate.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: July 29, 2014, 11:39:26 AM
Is he the same Brandon that was part of Lockergnome 7 or 8 years ago?

I don't think so - he doesn't mention it here: http://brandonlive.com/about/
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: July 29, 2014, 02:57:34 AM
godmode demystified: http://brandonlive.com/20...4/the-so-called-god-mode/

Unfortunately, you're too late for the T-Shirt: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/o.../2014/03/25/10510594.aspx
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Looking for true app data backup solution on: July 15, 2014, 08:54:35 AM
It has a 'donate' button which will charge you $5 from Google Play - the "Offers in-app purchases" you see on the Play store page is probably due to that.

I don't recall running into any required in-app purchase situations.  However, there are several parts of the app I haven't used (ROM management, font installation, boot animation).

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Looking for true app data backup solution on: July 14, 2014, 11:24:22 PM
ROM Toolbox is a nice collection of what would otherwise be separate utility apps (many of which require the device to be rooted).  Some of the things I use it for:

  - SuperSU
  - busybox
  - root file explorer
  - sqlite3 database editor (comes up when you open a .db file in the explorer)
  - app manager (that lets you 'freeze' apps, so you can disable them without deleting them)

It also has a bunch of utilities to manage ROMs, but I haven't used them yet.  I think it was a very worthwhile purchase.

I did have a recent problem with the sqlite3 editing - it requires that the device have the 'sqlite3' command line program in the path.  Many devices have it because it's part of the Android AOSP build, but some manufacturers remove it because it's not necessary for the normal running of the device.  I used the "SQLite Installer for Root" app to install the utility, and the functionality worked in JRummy's explorer after that.

I submitted a couple bug reports about this problem via JRummy's website (one from when I had the problem and didn't know how to fix it, and another explaining the fix I found), but I never received any kind of reply.  I guess this is an indication that support might be an issue if you find yourself needing it.  We'll see if the next update to ROM Toolbox includes the sqlite3 utility or at least tells you that it's missing instead of giving you a useless error message if you have this problem.


12  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: free galileo board from MS on: July 08, 2014, 08:50:15 AM
two lots of SFA in reply.

What's "SFA"?
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 06, 2014, 03:09:01 AM
I disagree that this would have a significant impact on the meaning of the document.  Either way, with or without the period after "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness", it's clear that those rights are inherent, that the role of government is to secure those rights, and a government which does not do so is subject to replacement.

I don't read a different meaning with or without the period.  Maybe someone can better explain to me how removing the period would change the interpretation.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol has a new developer on: July 01, 2014, 04:37:22 PM
For most announcements of this sort, I'm skeptical of the future of the software franchise.  However, in this case I completely trust that BillP has handed off WinPatrol to someone who will carry it forward well. 

I'm just sorry about the reasons behind the transfer, and I wish Bill and his family well.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Steals 22 Domain Names from NoIP on: July 01, 2014, 12:30:56 PM
Here's Microsoft's take:

  - http://blogs.technet.com/...h-malware-disruption.aspx
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Security Notifications Ending? on: June 30, 2014, 12:23:07 AM
I'm a little surprised at the reaction to this - I would have guessed that DCer's would generally be in favor of tough anti-spam laws.
17  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Adventures of Shuggy - free Steam key on: June 26, 2014, 04:57:38 PM
Smudged Cat, the developer of "The Adventures of Shuggy" and other games is giving away free Steam keys to the game:

    http://www.smudgedcat.com/shuggy_giveaway

You just have to visit the page and you'll get a key code.  No need to give them an email address, a Facebook "like", a Tweet or anything else.

Not sure how long they'll be doing it...

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher Becomes a Free Software Program! on: June 26, 2014, 12:35:31 AM
Yeah - this is a strange announcement.  I hope it turns out OK; I rather like Ad Muncher.
19  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Magrunner FREE on GOG for 24 hours! (June 18, 2014) on: June 25, 2014, 09:39:02 AM
It seems like "flash sales" that last only a few hours are the new rage with game vendors - it's not just GOG.
20  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Alan Wake's American Nightmare FREE on GOG for a couple hours (25 June 2014) on: June 25, 2014, 02:48:31 AM
Alan Wake's American Nightmare is the fourth and final free 'flash' sale item today (note it won't become available until about a half hour from when I post this).

I'm not sure how long it'll last, but they've been going for 2 hours, so I expect the same for this.

http://www.gog.com
21  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Still Life 2 FREE on GOG for 2 hours! (June 24, 2014) on: June 24, 2014, 12:13:16 PM
Still Life 2 is the next of today's freebies (that's two of four).

  - http://www.gog.com
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FCC ruling on ringtones is... shortsighted on: June 24, 2014, 10:13:00 AM
This sounds like a Vonage problem.
23  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Omerta - City of Gangsters: free on GOG for the next hour (until 3:59pm GMT) on: June 24, 2014, 09:56:29 AM
I see - I think I missed it because the title went back to being about Magrunner.
24  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Omerta - City of Gangsters: free on GOG for the next hour (until 3:59pm GMT) on: June 24, 2014, 09:47:16 AM
Omerta - City of Gangsters is free on GOG for the next hour (until 3:59pm GMT)

Go to their home page and scroll down until you see the flash sale notice for the game and click it.  You'll need to have an account with GOG, of course.

  - http://www.gog.com/

They have announced that there will be three other giveaways today, too.
25  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Need help with some string manip in C# on: June 21, 2014, 08:09:30 PM
I think the following algorithm will get you what you want (or close):

  - remove any characters that are not an alpha, a digit, or a decimal point
  - replace runs of alpha characters with a space

Now you have a space-delimited string of the numbers you're looking for.

Some things that might need work or modification:

  - if you want to allow negative numeric values, then you might need to handle the minus sign specially (you discarded it in my question's example, so I figure you're not interested in negative values)
  - if you want to allow a comma to be used as a decimal separator

But I think the basic idea gets you what you're looking for.
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