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1  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: VMware Valentine's Day Sale on: February 14, 2014, 04:09:59 AM
Depending on your needs, VMware can be many many times faster than VirtualBox
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Project Christine - Modular PC from Razer on: February 11, 2014, 05:42:02 AM
Innovative solutions are always appreciated, I hope they have thought it through further than let's make it modular and it better look good. So does ubuntu.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Rambooster. Junk? on: February 06, 2014, 03:24:19 AM
Yes if it's more RAM you need you best just go and buy extra. Windows 7 and higher are built to manage your memory, swap out things and cache where appropriate. What you do by using a ram booster or any program that tries to manage memory is to compete with Windows built in systems which results in degraded perfomance such as extra swapping and suboptimal caches.

The reasons for a typical user to look into something like RAM booster (slow machine, stuttering, slow loading of programs or whatever) will almost always have other causes such as viruses / spyware, multiple anti virus scanners competing for resources, hardware problems, overheating etc.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Rambooster. Junk? on: February 05, 2014, 05:31:27 AM
So.......is RamBooster junk, or what's a good RAM manager?
Yes; recent version of Windows.
5  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: NANY 2014 - OFFICIAL ROUNDUP OF ALL ENTRIES on: January 14, 2014, 04:01:49 AM
Great work everyone.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing on: January 14, 2014, 03:03:06 AM
I'm not sure how you scroll down on a tablet or switch youtube video's when you're walking? Treadmills are great and good exercise  Thmbsup
7  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013: Carbon - website / blogging framework [alpha] on: January 13, 2014, 04:43:45 AM
I might pick up development of this again as I am interested in improving it from a code perspective, it's a nice little pet project.

However I think that the main obstacle for people using it is the disconnect between writing the content locally and publishing the static site on the server.
Do you prefer writing blog posts and content locally (with carbon picking up changes and seamlessly publishing the webpages) or via the browser like WordPress does?
8  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: NoteMe on: January 13, 2014, 04:36:31 AM
The download link in the first post has been updated (see: http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=28912.0). Please let me know if you find any other links to software from myself that will need updating.
All files that were pointing to http://vandragt.com/downloads/* should point to http://downloads.vandragt.com/* instead.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [concept feedback] Workload management software on: January 10, 2014, 03:27:39 AM
Whilst it's one thing to write software to capture a particular style of working, there is no point if is this software is already available (Trello, which I was already using lol).

This all dances around the discussion of opinionated software (eg Apple stuff), which tries to work very well for a specific use case versus 'unopinionated' software, which supports any workflow even if it's ineffective or damaging to the software (eg Linux distributions).

My software tends to be opinionated and therefore appeals to a smaller group but this workflow management software would have to be so opinionated only I could use it therfore defeating the purpose of having a community discussion around it ;-)
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [concept feedback] Workload management software on: January 09, 2014, 09:26:20 AM
Thanks for the great feedback and personal stories and advice!  I realised I just described a 4 stage kanban board (aka Trello).  Grin Trello as a desktop app would be nice but that's going to be far too bug for one person, plus I found out Trello has one:

http://apps.microsoft.com...94-4caa-b0e1-04eec135667b
(which after trying is inferior to the web interface in both easy of use and clarity)
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / [concept feedback] Workload management software on: January 09, 2014, 07:39:40 AM
As expressed in the NANY 2014 project I unfortunately had to time for, I expressed my unhappiness with traditional todo / task list software. After reviewing my process I have come to the conclusion that I might have to write software to accurately capture / manage my workload. This would be desktop software for Windows.

Initially it seems most work (I'm working in web development) is best captured into 4 stages. I'm looking for your feedback to see if this is just how I work or if there is demand for something like this.

Formatted for Generic Code with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. Stage 0: Inbox: capture informal requests, ideas and suggestions. Most important is quick input
  2. Stage 1: Todo: 'next-up' where work gets specified and planned. Most important is completness of process
  3. Stage 2: Active Work Items: communication and capture progress on work as we are actively advancing the task. Most important is measuring progress
  4. Stage 3: Work Review: after work completes we want to report / review on it. Most important is high level review of work
  5.  
  6. S0: descriptions
  7. S1: project, title, files, communications, planned due date, priority ordering
  8. S2: Multiple progress updates, files, communications, actual due date
  9. S3: Export to zip, sort by date, filter by project

The software would be a combination of Evernote + a todo list + related file explorer where work advances through the stages.

Any feedback?

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: It's about ... Vagrant (VM Web server) on: January 06, 2014, 10:14:42 AM
Yeah vagrant is the up and coming thing. This system administration video might help:  http://sysadmincasts.com/episodes/4-vagrant
13  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: NoteMe on: December 20, 2013, 06:06:07 PM
Sorry this is an unintended side effect of moving my blog to Tumblr.
Will have a look in the coming days and reply in this thread when the links are working again.
14  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Pledge: Productivity utility on: December 13, 2013, 10:13:57 AM
It is with regret that I have to withdraw my pledge due to a busy spell both at work (merging with another organisation) and at work (moving home).
I guess you'll have to wait until 2014 for more software from myself!

Good luck everyone on your NANY submissions I will look forward to trying them all out. Will be sorry to miss out on the mug too, hopefully I can buy one from mouser?? smiley
15  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: How are these AutoHotkey script protected? on: December 03, 2013, 07:58:08 AM
Can you tell me more about this?  I'll give it a try.
Compile_AHK II
http://www.autohotkey.com...those-who-compile/page-30
Latest version at the end of the thread, explanation at the start.
16  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: How are these AutoHotkey script protected? on: December 03, 2013, 05:35:16 AM
Interesting question!
 AutoHotkey scripts are interpret on runtime, the AHK runtime is  bundled inside the .exe file and then interprets the script after 'unpacking' it from the .exe. Because of this any binary protection solution I've tried doesn't process AHK .exe files because it 'breaks out' the files and then evaluates. (my layman's understanding).

So I was under the impression that it wasn't possible, unless there is a AHK compiler that actually compiles AHK to exe files that do not require interpretation..

EDIT: perhaps it's using http://www.ironahk.net/docs/autohotkey/ IronAHK:
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Security

When scripts are compiled the source code is not attached to the binary file so it cannot be decompiled. This is unlike AutoHotkey which stores a full copy of the script with the compiled .exe which can be extracted and decrypted or read from process memory when it is executed.
17  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: GameMaker Studio Standard Free Upgrade on: November 28, 2013, 07:24:44 AM
As in the article, it doesn't apply to the steam version, only standalone (which can autoupdate as well).
Btw, I'd appreciate good resources on this smiley
18  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / [Powershell] Update DNS for your chosen network adapter on: November 28, 2013, 05:45:35 AM
I've got a bunch of pcs needing their DNS updated to Open DNS so here's a powershell script that will let you choose a network adapter and then set the DNS servers.
OpenDNS servers are provided. The script will make sure to run itself as admin.

[copy or print]
# 1.001
$servers = "208.67.222.222", "208.67.220.220"

# Functions
function IsAdmin() {
$wid     = [System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()
$prp     = new-object System.Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal($wid)
$adm     = [System.Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole]::Administrator
$IsAdmin = $prp.IsInRole($adm)
$IsAdmin

}

function SetDNSForNIC($s, $n) {
$dns = $n.DNSServerSearchOrder | Foreach {"$($_)"}
$description = $NIC.Description
Write-Host "OLD DNS settings for $description = $dns"

$NIC.SetDNSServerSearchOrder($s) | out-null

Write-Host "NEW DNS settings for $description = $s"
}

# Init
if (IsAdmin)
{
(get-host).UI.RawUI.Backgroundcolor="DarkRed"
clear-host
$NICs = Get-WMIObject Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration -computername . | where{$_.IPEnabled -eq $true}

$i = 1
$message = $choices = $nic_descriptions = @()
Foreach ($NIC in $NICs) {
$d = $NIC.Description
$nic_descriptions += $d
$message += "$i - $d`n"
$choices += New-Object System.Management.Automation.Host.ChoiceDescription "&$i", "Select $d."
$i = $i + 1
}   
$options = [System.Management.Automation.Host.ChoiceDescription[]]($choices)

$title = "Select Adapter to Update DNS Settings for:"
$result = $host.ui.PromptForChoice($title, $message, $options, 0)

$nic_descriptions[$result]
# exit

Foreach ($NIC in $NICs) {
If ($NIC.Description  -eq $nic_descriptions[$result] ) {
SetDNSForNIC $servers $NIC
}
}   
Write-Host "Press any key to continue ..."
$x = $host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey("NoEcho,IncludeKeyDown")

}   
Else {
$this_script = $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Path
Start-Process "$psHome\powershell.exe" -Verb Runas -ArgumentList "-command `"$this_script`""
}

Network adapters are listed by Description, this is listed in the Network Connection Details.
I would have used the NetConnectionID but not everyone will have named their network connection.
19  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 - New Apps for the New Year - Welcome Thread on: November 25, 2013, 03:35:30 AM
10 Must enter NANY
15 Hibernate for 300 days
20 GOTO 10
20  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / NANY 2014 Pledge: Productivity utility [withdrawn] on: November 25, 2013, 03:34:38 AM
I haven't been happy with any solution to manage my 'current workload'. (more to come)
21  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: The NANY Retrospective Thread on: November 11, 2013, 07:39:42 AM
Great thread. Last year's wordpress-basetheme has been a failure, not in functionality as it worked well for me in a few personal and work based projects. However it didn't gain traction with the DC community (or many others) so it wasn't the success of previous projects.

I thought there was some overlap between wordpress users and NANY users but apparently not, therefore I would recommend people to create software only.

Another thing I learned from previous years projects is: Do you want to support the project after the NANY is over? If so, how are you going to do that? Some of my other projects have been used very well but I haven't been motivated enough to pick up the support while there is momentum.

Hope that helps.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Prim Does Your Laundry. Pickup, Wash, Fold, Delivery, Awesome (techcrunch.com) on: July 26, 2013, 07:04:21 AM
Either way, laundry is a chore, and new Y Combinator startup Prim wants to do it for you. You can schedule Prim online to come to your place, pick up your laundry, have it washed and folded at a top-notch laundromat, and deliver it back to you. $25 for a bag. It’s that easy.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/25/prim-laundry/

Quote
You go online and select from their upcoming 9am-11am or 8pm-10pm pickup and drop-off windows. You throw your clothes in a garbage bag and wait for Prim’s text that it’ll be there in 15 minutes. The driver calls when they arrive. You can hand them the bag, leave it with your doorman, or if you’re comfortable, give them a copy of your key or send a photo of it and they’ll make a copy so they can just come into your place and grab the bag.

Wait, what?
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why the NSA Doesn’t Want You to Have a BlackBerry on: July 25, 2013, 08:00:08 AM
Nobody wants you to have a Blackberry!
24  DonationCoder.com Software / MEWLO Web Framework / Re: Yumps reboots as Mewlo - I'm Looking for Teammates on: July 19, 2013, 10:12:07 AM
 Thmbsup I feel this is going to be really interesting!!
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Own your identity on: July 19, 2013, 06:44:45 AM
Yesterday I finally took my own advice and moved my primary email from @gmail.com to my own domain. This will make it a lot easier to move to another mail service in the future.

If you wait until you're forced to migrate, chances are friends will send email to the old address for some time.
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