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2951  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 26 Terabits Per Second... WHOOSH~! on: May 28, 2011, 08:06:15 AM
Is that fast enough for anyone here?  Grin
I'm a bit scared of how to view all those DVD's in that short timespan, afraid that my head will explode stars

That'll probably be the new RIAA penalty for the p2p crowd - Spontaneous Decapitation - It's not just from snorting dandelions anymore!
2952  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Now you're REALLY screwed... on: May 28, 2011, 08:01:55 AM
To every season, Turn, Turn, Turn...
2953  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Which is more important: the gadget, or the software and apps that runs it? on: May 28, 2011, 07:58:47 AM
Wouldn't you love to see all the devices on the table and be able to say:
I want THAT tablet,
with THIS OS,
without a cellphone contract,
with THESE apps.

If only I could say it with such brevity. Thanks! And as you say, we have to ability and for the most part, the [open] formats to make it so. But as you note, companies are after excessive profit, and to get that, they run a continuous series of lawsuits against everyone else under the guise of patent infringements. Patents were around for centuries before the US adopted its own Patent Act in 1790. In the following century a certified Steve Jobs-like jerk named Tom Edison patented everything he looked at, and then spent the rest of his life suing everyone on the planet (sound familiar to today tech landscape?). Until this line of thinking is changed by governments, then my Holodeck ain't never gonna come true.

Patents are not the sole evil of the modern world, but they are a big one. Capitalism has always been far too wasteful with resources:
-- Kill the environment, to hell with the future;
-- Distribute all the wealth to few at the top, creating a plutocracy;
-- Enact laws like DMCA, ACTA, et al., then sue everyone from former employees to competitors to even your own customers;
-- Find ways to charge people for every little move they make --
  • Want to own and drive a car? Let me see how many ways I can tax it and fine you over it.
  • Want to start a business? Let's see if you have the guts to withstand the crushing regulations and taxes you'll pay every three months.
  • Want to listen to a song? Let me see how many ways I can make that act illegal.
  • Want to read a book? Let me make sure you pay for every time you try to read it for the rest of your life.
  • Want a college education? Let's saddle you with crushing debt that will last a lifetime and hinder your future with each decade that passes.
Oy.

+1

You said what I could never say without resorting to massive amounts of obscenity and profanity.
+2 (one for each)
2954  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 27, 2011, 07:42:08 PM
Yepper it's definitely WindowBlinds (T-Clock is handling transparency in the below Screen-Shot):

[attach=1]
2955  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 27, 2011, 03:54:35 PM
Ah Ha! Now that sounds a plausable theory. Usually IIRC Skinning requires either WB or a hacked copy of UxTheme.dll. T-Clock does load and use functions from UxTheme.dll so if WB is stepping around it the results would be rather, unpredictable...

I've spent years hating StarDock for killing one of my favorite sites. But I may have overlook that to get  this tested properly.

Let me know what you find.
2956  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Thoughts on HTML5? on: May 27, 2011, 03:28:00 PM
Some of this has to do with the end consumer too. I kind of see it as similar to the IPv4 story. The end user doesn't want to care as long as youtube videos work (or in IPv6's case, as long as you can just type youtube.com and go)
This kind of 'as long as it works' attitude doesn't create motivation at the business level.

He's got a point there folks - Not everybody is as picky as we are... smiley
2957  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kaydara - 55 minute Matrix Fanfilm on: May 27, 2011, 02:39:39 PM
Commercials, during a web video...Are you kidding me?!?

I thought the claymation sequence made virtually no sense but was funny as hell, and was therefore OK. The ending I didn't really like, primarily because it didn't make a damn bit of sense to me. What the hell is the point of running away from the dead body of the guy you just killed - Twice, by not saving him... - solely for the purpose of going into VR to hug his virtual corpse?!?
2958  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Skype Outage on: May 27, 2011, 02:29:26 PM
Maybe when governments finally wrest control of the internet from the people by calling it a "civil right" we'll see some of that, but hopefully that's still a long way off...

Sounds like we get screwed by corporations or by governments. Sigh...  undecided

Which is why the lot of them is pushing for a two class system. That way you either have power (like them), or you have to do what you're told (like us). There is no more (inconvenient people) middle ground (class) that (foolishly) thinks they have a right to negotiate.
2959  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Thoughts on HTML5? on: May 27, 2011, 11:43:56 AM
Did anybody else notice that Safari has much better HTML5 support on Windows than it does on (its native) Mac? I'm not really sure what to read into that. Other than perhaps that Mac is just gum-balling code together for the Windows version so they can work out how and what not to do on their own doorstep.

Save on support headaches by screwing up on somebody else's dime, yeah, that's inovative... Not!
2960  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 27, 2011, 06:57:44 AM
if I cannot find a way of rely-ably reproducing the issue with the software ... Then the issue, most likely, does not exist within the software.
Yes, I fear you're right. It does seem to be connected to the way Win7 handles Theme colors. I'll just have to experiment some more.

Please do let me know what you find. I'm not giving up on the issue, I'm just at a bit of a lose as to how to define it. Where is the Spring theme you're using from? Is it a 3rd party item? I never really got into the skinning craze back when so I'm not really "up" on what all of the MS themes are available.


If there was a way to *add* a background box/color to the area behind the T-clock text (I believe a much older version of T-Clock could do this), that might "fix" the problem.

Yes that was one of the legacy items I removed (back when). The transparency worked better as a default going between (Win2000 & XP) the two primarily available OS of the time. And with Vista and 7 both being themed there was no real compelling reason to bring the background color option back going forward either. This was compounded by the fact that when using either of the transparency methods (Aero or the one built into T-Clock) the background was also subjected to the transparency...Which made its effect rather moot. Well that and I thought the squared corners looked like poo.... *Shrug* smiley


What I usually do in testing is drag either an explorer window or a command window down behind the taskbar for quick extra contrast when needed. This helped out a great deal when I was trying to resolve the fuzzy font issue (which is why the font quality setting was added) awhile back. I don't know (kinda doubt) if it'll help here as it seems like something is either blocking, mangling, or not sending a paint message to that window. But it might be worth a shot.
2961  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Macs More Attractive for Malware Authors? on: May 26, 2011, 10:24:59 PM
Quote
As Mac Defender and countless Windows malware show, successful attacks are more about social engineering than lax operating system security.

It's good to finally hear some good information in the media. The OS isn't the security issue... It's the USER!

Damn Straight! ...There is no point in trying to blast your way through a  steal door when the *Ding Dong* Avon Calling approach works so much better. And there's a boat load of folks in glass houses fixin' to get all sorts of un(intentionally)welcomed attention.
2962  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 26, 2011, 10:08:31 PM
Changing "Desktop" color seems to disable text transparency (regardless of color selected).

Unfortunately that doesn't really prove anything because the applied color settings just force a repaint of the entire desktop. Which is the shotgun version of Refresh T-Clock forcing a repaint of the systemtray. The question on the table is: How do we make it do that in the first place?


Themes that have "transparent" text lack a black bar in the "preview" icon. Themes with opaque text show a black bar on the "window" graphic. The icon/theme on the left would give me transparent text. The right one: opaque.

Certain fonts are harder to render at runtime than others. T-Clock renders its own font at runtime independently of what the system is doing. Which is why the Font Quality setting had to be added. But the issue there was in the fonts washing out and appearing transparent. The issue I'm concerned with at this point is the (white) backgrounding that is appearing in your screen-shots. It is something I've simply never seen before. I did have limited success reproducing an ephemeral version of it ... But that's in a Virtual PC which means it's stuck with a crap virtualized video card.

Now I get the impression that your's are persistent. And I'd like to help. But if I cannot find a way of rely-ably reproducing the issue with the software ... Then the issue, most likely, does not exist within the software.
2963  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Which is more important: the gadget, or the software and apps that runs it? on: May 26, 2011, 07:01:44 PM
Then, when a guy like Madoff gets caught with a Ponzi scheme in the economic crisis, he is vilified and sent to prison.  Good, right?  (I'm not defending him, I'm using this as an academic example).  However, when AIG or the government does the EXACT SAME THING, what happens?  We print more money and dump it into the top of the pyramid.  And that's the "right thing to do".

I hear ya man. I was in favor of lining up the leaders of AIG and ass raping them with a chainsaw. But...Justice only prevails in the movies. *Shrug*

But I still think that software is the make or break point for the topic. Does it do what I want, and does it do it well? That is the primary question IMO.

For most of the (heard) typical end users (sheeple) that don't have a clue what any of those cryptic letters and numbers actually mean.  The sales (drone) person can tell (spin) them any version of the "truth" that will close the sale. Only thing the user has to gauge with is the UI, and how easy it is to navigate when they start poking at it with a finger.

Hell, I've done it a few times. Stroll up to a counter, pickup a new unfamiliar device, and try to open a web page. It should be simple as bloody hell... But it ain't. Not consistently. Next test is to close the browser & open a text file. If I gotta hunt for an off button, Fail!. The UI is either completely obvious ... Or it's completely garbage ... There is no middle ground.

Numbers is nice, but the UI decides if money changes hands.
2964  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 26, 2011, 06:34:08 PM
Okay, played with it a bit more, While trying to replicate what I know of your configuration. For the tests, I'm running a copy of Windows 7 Basic in a Virtual PC so no Aero. But that shouldn't be an issue.

So here's the a default T-Clock with a theme applied:

[attach=1]

And, here's what happened when I switched to Classic (You should recognize this one):

[attach=2]

Then I switched the text color to black and got this:

[attach=3]


Then switched back to white for this:

[attach=4]


Then I fiddled with it for a bit trying to figure out how to best reproduce number 2.

There does seem to be a problem with one of the shades of white when entering classic mode...But hitting Refresh T-Clock did clear it up. Black seemed to do just fine at all points. I could not however manage to get it to do the whited out background trick with a theme applied.

So I'm back to pondering your configuration to see if there is anything else I may need to replicate to reproduce the behavior.
2965  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 26, 2011, 05:19:01 PM
Hm... Okay, here's what's bugging me. In you first set of pics we had this:

[attach=1]

Which is "normal" given that I haven't gotten around to picking a better set of defaults yet.

Then - from the second set - we get this:

[attach=2]

What changed? Does that come up every time? Or just after some event? What if any effect does hitting refresh T-Clock have? There's nothing in the code that will/can create a background color right now...(Even Classic should be transparent)...However it is on my to-do list to add that option back (by request(s)). So that behavior is really quite baffling.

Is there anything else running, that could be conflicting with it? Can you shut down the other items in the tray to see if one of them may be tripping it? Skype I know is safe, but I don't know what else might be running.

One thing I did just noticed, while flipping through your screen-shots. Is the ones that have the white clock face also don't show any taskbar transparency. Aero, by default, should have just a bit of transparency. Not entirely sure if/how that's related ... But it seems worth picking at...
2966  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 26, 2011, 12:29:34 PM
Okay, that makes a bit more sense. Now try setting the font color to the silver gray that's in the middle of the color menu. It should come out looking white when applied.

Also with that font, try setting Quality to ClearType(XP). I had to do that here at the office to get Calibri to look right.
2967  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Certificate on: May 26, 2011, 11:53:04 AM
Shouldn't that be: NAFEOW 2012

New Apps For End Of World?
2968  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Which is more important: the gadget, or the software and apps that runs it? on: May 26, 2011, 11:48:06 AM
Alright (damn you guys - now I'm stuck trying to figure this out.) If I understand this correctly:

When HardWare encounters WetWare, it ends up being SoftWare in less than an hour.


Right?
2969  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Which is more important: the gadget, or the software and apps that runs it? on: May 26, 2011, 11:42:20 AM
^Software does a lot more than just beat Wetware. Those two have a full blown sadomasochistic relationship going. And we're talking the "lifestyle" variety here.  tongue


Do tell~! tongue Grin

Yeah! I want pictures ... i think...  undecided
2970  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Skype Outage on: May 26, 2011, 11:39:22 AM
Quote from: The Article
You don’t fire people over that. You shoot them. And their families. And pets. And friends. And some random strangers just for good measure.

Over-Kill i.e. ^^^  cheesy

Thanks, I'll be laughing about that for the rest of the afternoon.
2971  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 26, 2011, 11:32:44 AM
I've found that the problem goes away if the Theme is set to "Classic" mode, but anything else gives me transparent text.

That is incredibly odd behavior, especially with the whited out clock face. That is troubling... Changing the font color is occasionally required to get proper contrast with a theme. But I've never seen it do that before. Except for some of the early alphas back in 2004. Can you post a screen shot of the Clock Text (tab) settings you're currently using in the shot above?
2972  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a home server. Please help, DC! on: May 26, 2011, 11:15:17 AM
I don't get the "cutesy" act so much from my girls.  I get the "lady logic" arguments that flummox me to the point that I can't even form a coherent sentence with which to reply.

When cornered, the safest answer is always no. Beyond that fall back to go ask your mother ... Because only a true expert can win that game.

...At least that appears to have been my dad's strategy for dealing with my sister. smiley
2973  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple admits existence of MacDefender malware - Update planned on: May 26, 2011, 07:00:11 AM
Quote from: The Article
Apple appears to be treating this outbreak as if it were a single incident that won’t be repeated. They seriously underestimate the bad guys, who are not idiots. Peter James, an Intego spokeperson, told me his company’s analysts were “impressed by the quality of the original version.” The quick response to Apple’s move suggests they are capable of churning out new releases at Internet speeds, adapting their software and their tactics as their target—Apple—tries to put up new roadblocks.

If Apple plans to play Whack-a-Mole with these guys, they’re in for months of misery.

Lambs, Slaughter, Any Questions...?  cheesy
2974  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Certificate on: May 26, 2011, 06:46:39 AM
Absolutely Brilliant Idea!  Thmbsup

(I've been there too)
2975  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Which is more important: the gadget, or the software and apps that runs it? on: May 26, 2011, 06:42:41 AM
So which is more important - the device or the apps it runs?

Since it's a synergistic relationship, my answer would have be a simple "yes."

While I do understand Renegades point, I can totally see my self going here with the answer (hehe).

However, speaking of points...
Therefore, does the device/gadget win you over or is it the software/apps that run it?

The original question says to me; what is more important to the consumer. Not what's more important philosophically. Uber slick hardware (speed), or what you can do with it at that speed (the apps).

Given that there's not much point, fun, or reason to drop the extra cash on a Quad Core to playing Pong. For the end user, I'd say, it's a matter of what can be done with. The apps are a means to an end. That end being to access the content. Which also makes the apps the Pivot Man for the content. A bad app can waste the hardware capabilities, and ruin the content consumptions experience.

So I'll say that the most important make or break point is the apps. Because a well written app, even on old/slow hardware can still rock ... If it plays well with the user.
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