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26  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute on: December 02, 2014, 06:43:54 AM
What was the old saying, '4 bugs for every 1,000 lines of code' ... But we can hit 5-7 if we try real hard.

Speed is not always the solution.
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A stoned guy renamed some of his favorite items while high... on: December 01, 2014, 10:15:31 PM
I still say Horse Tornado is a perfectly logical and appropriate name. And I shall at all points use it hence forth...just to screw with people.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My 1-year Facebook Death-a-versary!!! on: December 01, 2014, 10:11:26 PM
...But I guess for my upcoming 50th birthday I could consider having something killed ... Is homicide usually given as a Bucket List item?? undecided

Wouldn't that be Virtual Suicide not homicide?

Nope, I'd be killing an entirely different (e.g. not me) virtual person(a) ... So homicide.
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My 1-year Facebook Death-a-versary!!! on: December 01, 2014, 11:45:45 AM
I don't have a presence on FB to kill off ... Never did.

I do have a fake account for occasional testing purposes, but it seems pointless to murder it just for sport.

...But I guess for my upcoming 50th birthday I could consider having something killed ... Is homicide usually given as a Bucket List item?? undecided
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Where is select all? on: December 01, 2014, 11:35:58 AM
Easy shortcut....Select one file and then hit Ctrl-A. All the files will then be selected. No crazy scrolling or digging through menus needed.

+1 for keyboard shortcuts, I'd be lost without them.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New square monitor (27" 1920x1920) on: December 01, 2014, 11:33:31 AM
I think these would be great for programming and I'd very much like to have a pair.
That's what they said about pyjamas!

Until you realise that you can simply program naked and do less laundry...

You might not want to do that on a leather, vinyl, metal, or finished wood chair. Some surfaces should not have prolonged contact with skin, especially in summer. Think diner booth + shorts + peeling your upper thighs off when it's time to leave and you get the picture.

Who in their right mind would sit for hours programming in a "metal, or finished wood chair"?? Christ forget the skin...you bones would be stuck to the damn thing by then..

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+1 for programming naked! It keeps unwanted visitors/interruptions to a bare minimum.. Wink
32  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black friday deals on: December 01, 2014, 09:18:18 AM
NovaStor NovaBACKUP Professional, Server, and Business Essentials all half price for Cyber Monday.
http://www.novastor.com/e...anding/black-friday/deals

I've worked with NovaBACKUP Server at several client locations - I like it.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: December 01, 2014, 07:25:17 AM
Just out of curiosity, are you using only a few test contacts? Or did you toss the entire phone book at it out of the gate? It's possible a corrupt entry - or the massive size of you legendary contacts list - may be causing the issue.
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 30, 2014, 02:08:05 PM
Which throwback holiday character are you?

I haven't given my results from this quiz on the grounds that it may tend to incriminate me. Were your results any better?


Linus Van Pelt.  Yeah, sounds about right...  embarassed

Same here.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloning from 2TB to 4TB on Boot drive ..How? on: November 30, 2014, 10:08:00 AM
The issue as I understand it is booting to a partition larger than 2TB, not necessarily having one. If this is to be a file server, then the goal IMO should be to have a maximum sized single storage partition. There is no valid reason why the users would need access to the file servers OS files.

Put the OS on a separate 100GB partition. Then copy over the old 2GB partition, convert it to GPT, and resize it to take up the rest of the remaining space.


When applying 3TByte disks in my computers I always had to use software from Seagate that enabled my computers to make use of storage capacity above 2TByte and always ended up with 2 (GPT) partitions in the process (one of 2TByte and one with the remaining storage space). Happened even on a Asus motherboard that I bought less than a year ago.

I remember Seagate's DDO software from years ago (Win2k days), when the IIRC 8 GB limit was all the rage. It had three very bad habits then...that I would still suspect it of pulling now:

It never verified if it's presence was actually necessary, it just auto installed.
It made it impossible for Win2k to boot, because it was just in the way.
It was next to impossible to find and remove - I basically had to beat it to death with a hammer while suffering through a ton of dire and ominous "warnings" before it finally released its demonic hold on the drive. Now after the exorcism the drive - which previously couldn't make it through the 2k install without BSODing - ran Win2k perfectly for several years.
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Windows Email Server Options on: November 29, 2014, 03:29:33 PM
Set one up as a temporary for an underfunded NP about 3 years back. It worked for them with about 20 users for half a year. Can't really say more about it than that. Ideal? Hardly. But it got the job done.

I'm currently running straight MS IIS POP/SMTP. It ain't feature rich - the Exchange server at the office spoiled the hell outta my ass - but it does what I need ... Although aliases would be nice..

They eventually shifted over to a hosted service once they got better funding. Which made sense. They really couldn't afford IT support on their budget.

I generally don't bother "budgeting" for IT smiley But I do have to budget my time, so moving parts need to be kept to a manageable minimum. There are obvious risks to self hosting and I don't need to complicate them with flakey systems that want to tie into things they don't need to...or are unnecessarily complicated in their implementation.

If you have serious security concerns, I'd probably forget about freebie solution for email.

My "security concerns" are why I'm self hosted. cheesy

Btw...What's wrong with phpMyAdmin?

Not a damn thing. I actually love it ...(for MySQL administration)... I just thought it was a really odd thing for a mail server to require.

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I'm from the less is more minimalist camp ...(I detest bells and whistles)... "Features" to me are just more holes to exploit.

...It's also a 4 day holiday weekend - which has been total shit, because -  I've got some kind of flu, and I'm feeling a bit old and tired of having to keep up with all of this shit.
37  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Visualization of Algorithms on: November 29, 2014, 02:50:06 PM
A nice idea for an app would be an Algorithm Visualizer Screensaver, where it would simulate and visualize different algorithms.

Damn, that would be cool ... But I suck at graphics programming. Sad
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Windows Email Server Options on: November 29, 2014, 02:25:09 PM
Take a look at hMailServer. It's about as easy as it gets. And it can even be run on a vanilla workstation machine. No server OS required. Got an old Win7 box with decent RAM just sitting around?

Is this a solution you've used successfully in the past?? I spotted it in a web search too, and it seems pretty popular ... But then again so was AOL.. cheesy

There's a couple of things about it that I found troubling. Like, why is PHPMyAdmin (mentioned frequently in the support forum) apparently part of the setup? If the thing has a browser based configuration, that's an added level of exposure I'm not tickled about. I also didn't see a lot of professionals commenting in the support forum...which makes me a bit uneasy.
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Looking for Windows Email Server Options on: November 29, 2014, 01:10:29 PM
As Windows Server 2003 is quickly approaching EOL, I'm faced with the prospect of having to migrate my Email server to something else...and I do not have the (hardware) resources to run a full blown Exchange server here in the home office lab. So...

I'm looking for suggestions on a lightweight free - preferably Windows - Email server, that will need to support no more than a dozen mailboxes. Straight POP/SMTP is fine, although IMAP might be nice if the resource usage can be kept tightly reigned in (it will be running in Hyper-V).
40  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Visualization of Algorithms on: November 29, 2014, 11:57:51 AM
Fascinating - Seriously, I've been staring at the thing for like 10 minutes now. It's almost hypnotic.
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New square monitor (27" 1920x1920) on: November 24, 2014, 10:45:38 PM
So now that the layout for most applications is designed for a wide screen interface they're going to recoil back into a completely square screen???

Several of my favourite software are modular, where you can either rearrange panes manually (e.g. PDF-Xchange Editor or ConnectedText) or portrait/landscape mode can be toggled (e.g. Dopus). Maybe the square layout would encourage developers more to make their software to suit both portrait, landscape, and square views.

Yeah, sure (me too), that's what you can do. But it's not what you should have to do every time you open something.
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A stoned guy renamed some of his favorite items while high... on: November 24, 2014, 04:52:12 PM
Sand Moose?? ...Okay, That's funny!

Please be sure to have someone available to take notes next time you get stoned.. Wink

Sand Moose made me laugh like crazy tbh hahaha

Yeah, I was trying to follow the 'Stoner Logic' (having had some experience with it in the past...), and the first few almost made sense. But when I got to that one it was just a total swan dive off the deep end into WTF land. Tehehe!!
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New square monitor (27" 1920x1920) on: November 24, 2014, 04:48:02 PM
So now that the layout for most applications is designed for a wide screen interface they're going to recoil back into a completely square screen???

 wallbash
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A stoned guy renamed some of his favorite items while high... on: November 24, 2014, 04:42:48 PM
Sand Moose?? ...Okay, That's funny!

Please be sure to have someone available to take notes next time you get stoned.. Wink
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 23, 2014, 12:17:17 PM
I have always gone by my own definition of what is to be construed as 'Fair and Reasonable'. If I'm going to be deciding on the purchase of an application that is hundreds or thousands of dollars...then my 'Trial Period' will be just as long as it takes for me to be comfortable with said applications fitness to preform said task.

I've been hustled through demos by ISV reps far too many times to fall for the slick sales tactic of saying "Oh Sure It'll Do That"...only to find out later that the list of caveats - oddly enough - is a mile long.

So yes, there is - quite literally - a pirate flag hung proudly above my desk ... Because before I parts with any of me Spanish gold I'll be damn sure Ye's not foolin' me. Or the plank it will be with yer carcass for sure..

46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 21, 2014, 05:19:55 PM
...and the Joker in a more jester-like costume.

Speaking for the darkly humored and criminally insane ... Oh hell no! We ain't wearing no friggin bells like a %&^^$ reindeer..

 cheesy
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where do you buy your printer ink? on: November 21, 2014, 06:51:46 AM
But I don't remember how laser printers work..

(condensed version)Laser draws image on drum, drum picks up toner where laser has altered the drum's charge, drum transfers image to paper, fuser (or fixing unit as they are sometimes called) melts toner into paper.

Side note: In certain really cold environments a laser printer will emit a visible amount of steam when the paper comes out if the humidity is high enough for the paper to be just a tiny bit moist ... Oh the fun we had on that service call..
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 20, 2014, 03:08:12 PM
Besides the tech, I think it's important to figure out the roles of the police when a superhero is around.

I'd think with billion dollar Homeland tech, a vigilante would have a far harder time now than 20+ years ago.

I think that changes things.

I'm not quite sure how.

The Homeland tech is largely irrelevant in this case, as it will - and is -  only used for targeting crime/criminals with high political (e.g. vote generating) value. This way they don't have to run the risk of exposing how thoroughly they spying on everyone by accidentally eliminating - or largely denting - crime in general - As that would be bad for "business"..

So Superheroes will become the stalwart few that actually are foolhardy enough to attempt to protect 'We The People' from all criminals and criminal organizations ... Including the highly organized, funded, and outfitted paramilitary street gangs that have an undue fascination with the color blue..
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Worm's neurons mapped, simulated in robot on: November 19, 2014, 02:06:27 PM
When reading the subject line my mind expected to see
"Worm's neurons mapped, simulating a politician."  Wink
But… but… politicians move blindly forward whereas even a worm can turn.
 

Yes, I too felt this was unfairly disparaging of worms as well. You never hear of an early bird getting a politician do you? Of course not. Because politicians are far too disgusting for birds to eat - they would probably make the poor birds sick of something.

Now if the scientists can make a robotic staph infection...that might be closer to a fair comparison.
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: eesh: picture definitely doesn't go with the article on: November 19, 2014, 11:48:06 AM
So you don't think the officials should be publicly high-fiveing each other when they find out they aren't totally screwed?
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