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1  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Writing Outliner for MS Word on: October 31, 2014, 07:19:24 PM
I'm just glad I have the old version.  And that I'd started to seriously get into scrivener.  Unless there is some major work on the editor, I just don't have space for another half-baked word-wannabe.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: October 31, 2014, 09:03:07 AM
You can never go wrong with Yngwie!  Thmbsup
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: October 29, 2014, 03:30:29 PM
What windows tablet do you have?

I had a dell venue 8 pro.  I really wanted to like it, but ended up selling it a few months after I got it.  The primary feel I got was one of promise, but still not ready for prime-time.  Like a pretty covering placed over imperfections.

The major reasons that made me sell it while I could:
1. The interaction of not-metro with the desktop
2. the feel of the tablet with the desktop
3. low-level interactions and the fact that you could be handicapped by the fact that it was a tablet
4. power management and its relation to other functionality

It just got to be too annoying and inconvenient to ignore.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: October 27, 2014, 08:53:49 PM
If I had the money for it, I would probably consider it. But even then I wonder if a Macbook Air running Windows might not be better option for productivity itself, or some other high end Win ultrabook, given my needs...

That's why I have a macbook pro.  And will probably upgrade to a macbook air.  Also, after playing around with it... the mac isn't so bad on its own merits...
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 27, 2014, 08:52:19 PM
Just looking at it the other way:

1) reading the context of her post, there's already a measure of bad blood that she's holding back.
2) investing the time and energy into such a project to present fait accompli has its own problems.
3) investing such, and then having to do it as something separate because it's not quite what was wanted also has its own problems, and implications.

Not to say that she still can't do it.  Never said that.  It's just the reasoning behind not doing so can be easily seen with a bit of brainpower.  What she does from there is up to her, and more power to her.  But I don't deny that there are not insignificant considerations.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 27, 2014, 07:02:26 PM
What I mean is that it would be hard for someone without mouser's approval to make wholesale changes to the site.  And this would be pretty much a wholesale change.  He's also on the line as a pig, whereas we're all chickens.  I try to always keep that in mind with anything for the site... I might disagree, but I'm not the one on the hook when it comes down to it.

Just my  two cents
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 27, 2014, 06:44:15 PM

Almost 3.5 years later and I am sitting here with the feeling that I should have just gone ahead and done it, and handed it to mouser. And it still bothers me enough that I am considering just doing it and calling it my NANY project for this year.  Sad


Sounds like a plan! And why not?  Thmbsup

I can tell you why not... it's not her site.  That's just one reason that I'd think of if it was me.  But I think that's the big one that's been holding her back if you look between the lines.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: October 27, 2014, 03:22:01 PM
P.S. I did experiment with a bluetooth keyboard + iPad combination. But the whole thing about propping up the iPad at the right angle, missing certain keyboard shortcuts, etc. just drove it home to me that the laptop format (albeit the Chromebook variety) has specific advantages to offer even on the go (such as balancing things on your knees, having the screen at the right angle etc.)

I use the logitech case/keyboard and it gets rid of those concerns about propping it up.

http://www.logitech.com/e...board-folio-for-ipad-mini

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: October 27, 2014, 03:20:01 PM
I was thinking that my Nook might be the gateway into Android for me.  But It's turned out to be the exact opposite- I just use it for reading.

Is the Nook even really Android? I mean, yes, I know it's built on Android. But the Amazon Kindle devices built on Android are so customized that they're not really Android (IMO). I would never recommend an Amazon Android device to someone who was interested in getting into Android, because Amazon changes the experience so drastically that it's not really the same thing anymore.

It's a bit like saying you're interested in vampire lore, then exposing yourself to only the Twilight series and then saying you just can't get into vampires. Or something. tongue

Yes, the nook is android.  It's the Samsung S with a couple of widgets and a different nook app.  I had someone with one that's an avid android fan look at it for me.  It has a widget for the library, a widget for shopping (which I've removed) and a widget for store search (which I've removed), and the on-screen button in the lower left has different functionality.  But other than that, it's just Android.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: October 27, 2014, 10:16:26 AM
I really want to get a convertible.  They look so cool!  But my experience with my windows tablet sours me on that.  And I just can't get into android, even though I have one now (my nook).  Things just seem so much harder to get done.  I was thinking that my Nook might be the gateway into Android for me.  But It's turned out to be the exact opposite- I just use it for reading.
11  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: Super-sized Newsletter for Oct 25, 2014 - Codename: NANY 2015 Preppers on: October 26, 2014, 09:07:43 PM
Sometimes spammers register, and don't post immediately so that their accounts get aged.  Then when they come back and post, they aren't as likely to set off alarms.
12  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / NANY 2015 Alpha Release: ROTTools on: October 26, 2014, 06:06:36 PM
NANY 2015 Alpha Release Information

Application NameROTTools
Short DescriptionDiagnostic Tools for interfacing with the ROT for developers
Supported OSesWindows 7 (Should work in Vista/8 also, but untested)
Web Pageplaceholder
Setup FilePortable
DescriptionThe Running Object Table (ROT) is a way for applications on different threads to communicate with each other- applications can register objects in the table, to be accessed by moniker from other threads and applications.  It's a technique in decline (personally I'd use a WCF application or something like that now), but dealing with other implementations and legacy applications, I have to deal with it every now and again.  This time when I had to deal with it, I realized that the SDK package from MS had done away with the ROT viewer.  And the only one that I could find was an old one that I'd downloaded years ago, written in Delphi.  I'm not even sure that I could find it again!

But accessing the ROT, while sort of arcane, isn't very hard.  So I made my own ROT viewer tool.  I'm also planning to put more in it possibly, as I need it or as requested.  Right now, its basic- I'll refine it for the release, but if you click the refresh button, it should display all objects accessible in the ROT.  The other function is a bit less polished- if you enter something in the textbox at the top, and press the 'i' button, it will try to access that object in the ROT and display the information retrieved.  It will display it in red if there is a problem accessing the object, as there sometimes is.  Right now the only requisites for error are (a) not found by moniker (b) the moniker passed in could not be parsed, or (c) the interface on the IUnknown retrieved cannot be queried.
FeaturesImplemented
  • Shows objects in the ROT
  • Allows the user to query by moniker, and shows in red if the object could not be fully queried

Planned
  • Allow the user to specify whether the window should always be on top or not
  • Specify an opacity of the window
  • ...?
Screenshots[attach=1]
Screencastplaceholder
Documentationplaceholder
InstallationWith .NET 4.0 installed, unzip application to location and run.
UninstallingDelete application install location.
NotesRequires .NET 4.0.
This is a development tool for a dying technology, so there might not be anything registered in your ROT, and that's OK.  Just wanted to have an accessible tool for those of us who need it. smiley
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do on: October 26, 2014, 12:21:54 PM
So what would it be like to live with no irrational cognitive biases?  Boring?  Enlightened?  Insane?  I really wonder...

Inhuman.  Cool

Truth.  I don't think that biases are a bad thing- I think that unrecognized bias or denial that they exist is the bad part of it.  You have to know your audience, and you have to conversely know who is speaking to you.  Then you can add context around the bias that is transparent.  But when we deny bias, we deny that context.  Which leads to inefficiency in communication.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 26, 2014, 12:17:34 PM
I always thought there were enough coding standards, documented "best practices" and development models that, by now, the days of starting with a a completely empty whiteboard wasn't a given. But I'm not a coder. The few real dev projects I was involved with go back before "objects" and the web. They involved several individuals, and getting everybody on the same page wasn't a challenge. We knew what needed to be done, what the deadlines were, who was best qualified for which roles and pieces, and it went from there to successful conclusions.

It's not a blank page.  You do reuse.  But what do you reuse?  What coding standards do you use?  VCS can be a big enough hurdle to get across as people see the differences as religions.  It is a very real application of Sayre's Law, i.e. the discussions are so heated because the stakes are so small.

First question.  What do we build?  If you get past that... what language do we build it in?  What framework do we use?  What about third party libraries?  What license?

If you don't have a product owner and architect to give the final answer to those questions- any of them can derail the project.  And do you need it for everything?  No.  But the larger the group of participants, the more likely it is to get derailed without it.

There is also another discussion when dealing with such- that's investment vs involvement.  You need to have someone invested in the project- or those merely involved can really derail a project.

Again, all of these things are not necessary... but the larger the project you get, the more likely it is to fail without it.  And if we're talking about every coder on DC, that's a pretty larger project.  Just looking at it realistically.

Hell, look at the recent CommonMark fiasco.  People take the slightest thing badly, and can't really be professionals and moderate decisions as much as they must choose a side and wage war over it.  It's not just politics and religion anymore.  Any discussion can degenerate... and we have those on DC.  So discussions during a project- if things are not decided up front, can easily degenerate into just another development fiasco, as so many have been.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 26, 2014, 09:37:44 AM
Is this 'problem' real? Or is it just something coders have programmed themselves to believe?

There is a difference, I think.  

From my experience, in the case of musicians, because of the creative and instinctual nature, and the very real underlying rules of rhythm and music theory, you start with that basis and move on from it.  It can be a painful process with independent personalities and such- but there is very real common ground.

With development, that foundation has to be laid.  A bad design and bad architecture can kill an entire project from the beginning... but it spends a lot of time and energy in dying.  It's not for a lack of wanting to, and I think there is nothing bad in trying.  But there really needs to be a guiding force or somethings laid out from the beginning that are not likely to be.

Look at the coding jams and such- they're more gimmicky than anything, producing things, but none of them being really lucrative or even finished.  Sometimes they are the building blocks of something else to come along later.  But more often, they are forgotten, swept aside, and never reach fruition.

For programming projects, more than music, there are roles for a reason, as much as I hate the structure.  You need a champion/project owner that has the vision that people submit to... and everything is measured against that vision- and you have his development side- the architect/designer.  Then the project managers that keep it rolling along.  I always like to separate testing from anything else... but some disagree on that point too.  Then user acceptance... which goes back to the project owner.  As much as I hate it... it works.  And without it, I've seen commercial projects fail terribly.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 26, 2014, 09:31:44 AM
We are all children of our time.

Very astute statement.  I've held things in high regard... but when I went back and looked at them with a critical eye, realized they were no better nor worse than what was currently going on.  Perspective and context I think are what make that statement very true.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 25, 2014, 10:02:17 PM
App said the bit about DC 2.0 for a reason.  Seems like if anything could muster the troops, it would be that.  And with such a dated look, it should be that.  But... here we are.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 25, 2014, 07:35:46 PM
^ That is a sadly correct assessment.
19  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Are Ubisoft trying to kill PC gaming? on: October 25, 2014, 09:18:15 AM
This is status quo for PC gaming. Remember when Crysis came out? A top-of-the-line, brand new PC couldn't run it on the highest settings. AC:U will likely be used for benchmarking purposes for the next few years until even CPU-embedded graphics can run it and then the next bigger and better thing will replace it.

This.

See, that's the thing...Crysis actually NEEDED those specs in order to run on max settings...people from all over are reporting that this game actually completely locks out at 30FPS even on some incredible SLI setups using some really top spec graphics cards.

How can we say that AC:U doesn't before it comes out?  And those minimum specs are nowhere near a 2k machine.  Even the VC on the higher range spec isn't terribly expensive.

Also, the title of this thread sort of reminds me of linkbait.  huh
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: October 21, 2014, 11:31:41 AM
An unlimited energy solution is just a Cat-a-clysm waiting to happen.  TANSTAAFL.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 21, 2014, 09:36:30 AM
Just like everything else, mileage varies by consumer.  And the Keurig I originally purchased because my wife loves cappuccino, and it gave her a convenient way to have a good tasting cup in the morning.  For that alone it was worth it to me.  I know it's not cafe quality- but it works for her.  And as time passed, I realized that it was just more convenient to use for my coffee and tea.  I still use my french press and my infuser at times... but when I need a quick cup, the keurig works.  And the taste isn't *that* inferior with the right cups.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 19, 2014, 01:31:30 PM
For me, though, my favorite doctor is David Tennant.

It's almost impossible to pick 1. I've not seen a Doctor that I didn't like.

Nobody has voted for Matt Smith or Peter Davidson, but I really liked them as well.

I voted for Matt Smith in that I couldn't decide between him and tennant so didn't vote.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: October 19, 2014, 01:29:47 PM
Not to pick a fight, but I thought Lucy was just terrible.

I liked it, even if the science behind it was deplorable.  That 10% thing prevalent in the trailers was the reason a lot of people didn't give it a chance...
24  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Patreon for software developers? (Crowd funding) on: October 18, 2014, 12:50:28 PM
Yes, I support quite a few patreons myself, and had been thinking about creating my own- but more gaming related.  The programming idea is a different one...

And I don't look at this as "crowdfunding" as much as being a patron- like the museum memberships or having a patron as an artist.  Especially because you create the creation, and only at that point are the funds released.  And this can be on as periodic a schedule as can be managed- but only at those periods are the funds released.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 18, 2014, 12:42:13 PM
"Your car needs to reboot to install updates" WTF!

Or worse, the Blue Windscreen of Death! cheesy

Especially because your car still has to have Windows.  The next great frontier for MS!
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