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3101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion on: May 10, 2011, 11:29:11 AM
Hm... I really can't decide how to feel about that. But I do wonder if they're going to go with a Live style Huggy-Feely interface, or do a clean straightforward business type interface.

Skype's interface has gotten progressively goofier with the last several updates, so I'd love to see a more back to basics strictly business UI.
3102  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Freeware] TimeClue - a simple time reminder that fades the desktop on: May 09, 2011, 10:56:28 PM
One thing that I find works very well is to have your monitor slightly angled -- just a few degrees (say 10 or so). It forces your eyes to change focus.

You sure about that? It's been awhile since I worked in optical so I can't put number to it of the top of my head. But a 10deg tip of a typical monitor isn't going to impact the focal distance enough to matter. Nor will sitting forward and/or backward in your chair (a considerably longer distance). The problem is the intense fixed gaze that is being maintained for hours at a time. That's what needs to be broken by letting you eyes unfocus and relax for a bit now and then.
3103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 09, 2011, 10:42:08 PM
FWIW I have seen a fair few dead Canon printers that are the product of cheap ink.

interesting, what manner of death did they suffer?

Heads totally clogged and even after repeated cleaning in alcohol they never totally recovered. It might just be the local crappy inks off the local market that causes the problem but since Canon printer's most expensive spare part is the print head there is little justification to risk it by using cheap ink.

I have to say I don't find Canon inks too bad - unless you buy a printer that takes just a black and colour cartridge. Most of the more expensive printers in the range take 4, 5, 6 or more cartridges and I find those cartridges are not cheap but pretty reasonable (esp. compared with other manufacturers) and at least you get every last drop.

Hm... I'm just not convinced that's completely the fault of the inks. While I work for an ASP, and should therefore stick to walking the party line...I've just never been any good at conformity  embarassed hehe

Print heads are a consumable, they are designed to (fail) be replaced at a rough interval. Most of the ones I've seen fail were usually user/printing behavior. Letting it sit too long between prints, trying to print more than the volume the device was designed for, or both at alternating points.

The CIS's mentioned above are actually quite good from what I've seen. It's quite simular to the high volume  ink systems used on a plotter. We have a client that uses them exclusively (with food coloring/dye) to print pictures on top of specialty cakes. Most of their service requirements are for mechanical (usually feed system) failures.
3104  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Freeware] TimeClue - a simple time reminder that fades the desktop on: May 09, 2011, 06:30:44 PM
TimeClue is designed to help you develop a habit of resting your eyes every 15 minutes (recommended for heavy computer users).

Rest them how? Whenever my dad said he was resting his eyes that meant he was taking a nap.

A nap every 15 minutes seems like a good way to live a stress-free life of unemployment. tongue

But not when you are a tester in a mattress factory  tongue

Ah! Not so my friend ... It's a 5 minute nap at 2 minute intervals. QC has got to make rate too Ya know... Wink
3105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 09, 2011, 06:28:11 PM
FWIW I have seen a fair few dead Canon printers that are the product of cheap ink.

interesting, what manner of death did they suffer?
3106  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Freeware] A simple and handy MP3 Cutter and Editor on: May 09, 2011, 11:18:17 AM
Small, fast, portable ... What's not to like! smiley Thanks!
3107  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Keeping the UI Responsive - What Would You Do? on: May 09, 2011, 06:57:25 AM
Anyways... I'm still debating things... Not sure myself...

As a rule I agree with worstje completely about highly stylized UIs being an annoyance. However (that being said) I think you've done a fine job of splitting the difference. Honoring the Spirit-of-the-law so to speak.

The "Standard" dictates the use of expected controls like the OK/Cancel/Yes/No buttons, and this expected behavior is there. App & System menus are not mandatory on all windows, so their omission isn't a big deal.

Only when the Form of the app starts to blur the function(ality) of the app does the whole thing go to hell. Asus being a stunning example of taking things way to far. The software that came with my Asus Commando motherboard was so jacked-up/flashy that it was bog slow, confusing, and completely usable. Case in point, I ended up bricking the first Mboard simply because I completely missed the missmatch error due to all of the UI noise. The app had automatically downloaded the firmware it said it need, and them changed its mind a tad to late.
3108  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Keeping the UI Responsive - What Would You Do? on: May 07, 2011, 12:33:45 PM
The absolute best "User Friendly" option is (IMO) to have either a progress bar, or text message (depending on projected length of time) stating what is or is about to happen, on a secondary thread.

Even knowing what I know, it still pisses me off when an apps UI locks up because it's busy doing something that takes a bit...but it doesn't give me any feed back as to what/why/how it's going.

The secondary thread option also affords the user the option of saying screw it - [Cancel], without having to be stuck looking at the white-ed out app not responding nonsense while they wait for process X to get the die message.

Rule of thumb 1: Making the user guess is bad.

smiley
3109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Can Download Sites Be Held Responsible for the Software They List? on: May 07, 2011, 09:44:12 AM
Sue everybody for having ears to (being forced to) listen to rap.  tongue

+500  Thmbsup

tehehe
3110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Stargate Universe on: May 07, 2011, 09:43:01 AM
Oh, it worked, don't get me wrong. It was very pleasant to watch. smiley I just think I'd have taken the show a teensy bit more seriously had her costumes been toned down a little: she was the bloody AI of a military battlecruiser like ship.

And shouldn't the AI for a military battlecruiser capable of destroying entire solar systems look 100% utterly killer~! tongue cheesy

Indeed. As the face of the AI, she is the face of the ship ... And therefore should be a face (that could launch a thousand ships...) worth fighting for (and preferably at the drop of a hat). Wink
3111  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Database for a Desktop? on: May 07, 2011, 09:32:08 AM
I've had really good luck using MySQL for all sorts of things, and it's quite easy to include in a C++ project. I give each app instance a single session and keep it alive via heart beats. It's simple, well documented, free, and quite fast...What's not to like?
3112  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anti-Virus that allows EASY reporting of false positives ? on: May 06, 2011, 05:56:58 PM
Man, that's really weird. I've got source code for... (well never mind) and MSE has never triggered on it. However I do recall it having a cow about a (Um...) "Security Utility" that I was playing with and after telling it to ignore target X I had to hit the complete action (/finish clean-up/something to that effect) button to get it to shut up and go green again. It grumbled a bit like it was pretending to do something...Then did what it was told.
3113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Stargate Universe on: May 06, 2011, 05:47:28 PM
Lexx is a bit too much off the beaten path for most.

Really? It wasn't that hard to find. It was on SciFi here for a year or so, the wife and I loved it. (Or I could be missing your meaning)


But hey, I like shows where someone plays the cowardly weasel right. Andromeda has also a good one.

hehe Yes, some people are fun to hate. smiley
3114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Stargate Universe on: May 06, 2011, 11:51:34 AM
On Star Gate in general, it seems like they're really just been spit-balling in the hopes of reproducing the chemistry of the original series. But it's hard to clone Jack O'Neil. He really made the show work, at least for me (McGuiver fan).

Correct. Except that they are trying to turn it into a more modern Star Trek Voyager at the same time, or a Stargate Atlantis without that annoying McKay and a darker feel. They're not making their own story, but they rip off stuff left and right and middle and inbetween. I know everything steals from everything, but you are supposed to make it mesh rather than have it act like a textbook case of Televised Multiple Personality Disorder.

Quite true, I liked Voyager much better than Next Generation. Janeway had ball much unlike Piccard (what a dink). And then there's Riker who kept destroying the Enterprise every time they let him drive ... What's up with that?


I'm good with most of the rest of your assessment also, except the Andromeda outfits, they were just fine in my book. Oh yeah and I liked Farscape.


Come to think of it nobody has mentioned Lexx yet ... Come on now, you gotta like the psychotic talking robot head!
3115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: multiple align inside the same line on: May 06, 2011, 11:39:14 AM
... the last short line of a paragraph across the whole page...

There's a setting to prevent the last line in a fully justified paragraph from doing that.  I could find it in Word 2002 if that would help.

It couldn't hurt, at least I'd know what I was looking for. I've actually had the problem before in anything from 2007 down. But I got 2010 now and it's giving me fits.

Is there really an end-paragraph marker (pilcrow) at the end of the paragraph, or is it a manual line-break, which brings different behavior?

I've tried it both ways and more to no avail. Line break, paragraph break, page break, make no difference ... It just broke.
3116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More Personal Data $old... on: May 06, 2011, 11:28:26 AM
It's a creeping disease... Infection is just taking hold here.

It is becoming quite clear that our rights & privacy are up for sale to the highest bidder. And usually by the same bunch of randy assholes that keep telling us about how dangerous HacKerS are. Ha!

Any chance we can cook up a Gray Hat hacking group? Or is that what Anonymous is for?
3117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: InstallShield Install Issue on: May 06, 2011, 10:23:50 AM
@Stoic

the "update" is a full install for the newer OS's = we are confident think hope that our belief in this statement will have you in stitches.

tehehe Yeah, nice miss on their part.

Anyhow... Ath got me to thinking, so I did a Rip-Over to see if I could fake-out the installer. The Rip turned out to be clean enough for the program to run stably, and claim it was licensed also (which Janome said was impossible... (Ha!)).

The installer still goes BooM! ...However as I do now have a perfectly stable, "licensed" rip of the program running just dandy on the client's machine... *Shrug* ...Screw the installer! She'll be happier sticking with the version she already knew anyhow!

Problem Solved - Thank You Ath!
3118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: InstallShield Install Issue on: May 06, 2011, 09:30:01 AM
Silly question: You have Customizer 10000 Plus or Customizer 10000 already installed, before applying this update?

Hm... Interesting question, no being the short answer. However everything in their support section implies that the "update" is a full install for the newer OS's. I'd also expect a different error message/behavior if that was the case...

...(on second thought) Loosely interpreted - Considering this thing has been translated a few times - You could be on to something...
3119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / InstallShield Install Issue on: May 06, 2011, 08:25:57 AM
Greetings
   Normally I can get these things to work, but this one is killing me. I've got a client machine on the bench that I'm trying to get an embroidery application (Janome Customizer) installed on. According to Janome's site it should run just fine on the (brand new out-of-the-box HP) Win7 x64 machine is question...However, the InstallShield installer fails during load.

  I've tried a medley of different compatibility settings, disabled UAC, (hard & soft) DEP, and also disabled the (Norton) AV by uninstalling it. All to no avail. I've also tried re-downloading the file multiple times, and running the install on my Win7 x86 machine here at the office with identical (lack of) results.

   The IS window starts to load, then the window boarder disappears, and it throws a completely useless error message. The behavior reminds me of something I can't quite remember, so I thought I'd run it past the crew here to see if somebody recognized the behavior.

Screen-Shot of Behavior:
[attach=1]

Each time it fails it logs a Application Event ID 1000, Source: Application, Faulting Module Name: iuser.dll.

Any Ideas?
3120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A sneaky new attack on privacy on: May 06, 2011, 08:09:07 AM
So with such a contradiction, isn't that opening themselves up for lawsuits?
 huh

Not really, in lawyer speak it says they promise not to, but reserve the right to. At least that's my interpretation of it. I'll not be touching that with a 438" pole.

That's 11 m, 12 cm and 5.2 mm for those that use metric. i.e. A damn long pole~! smiley

Crap, it was supposed to be 438' (foot) pole (was thinking about the Grinch for some reason). I gotta learn how to type one of these days.
3121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: You're Only As Young As... Oh... Scratch That... on: May 06, 2011, 07:00:08 AM
Haha! The last one is awesome. smiley

But seriously, Home Alone and The Little Mermaid? I thought I saw both of those right around the time they came out, but I'm not in my 30s.

Are you sure about that?

Macaulay Culkin - Born Macaulay Carson Culkin (August 26, 1980)

So if he's in his 30s, you gotta be close too.
3122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A sneaky new attack on privacy on: May 06, 2011, 06:51:45 AM
So with such a contradiction, isn't that opening themselves up for lawsuits?
 huh

Not really, in lawyer speak it says they promise not to, but reserve the right to. At least that's my interpretation of it. I'll not be touching that with a 438" pole.
3123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: multiple align inside the same line on: May 06, 2011, 06:39:09 AM
cool tip.

Not so much. It only works for two words, and kinda works for three (second word gets middle aligned). So this is one of the niche exploits which look cool, but are not very useful.

Most cool, gotta jot that one down. But now that you mention it (reminded me of something), is there a way to stop/modify that behavior?

I used to frequently use full justify because I like the look of the evenly blocked text. But in seems lately that it always wants to smear the last short line of a paragraph across the whole page (much like your tip above). It never did that before...and it's really annoying. The last line if only a few words should stay left aligned(ish) as it's a much cleaner look, and is what Word used to do (for the most part) by default.
3124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Save Stargate Universe on: May 06, 2011, 06:29:30 AM
I hope they'll save it, if only because it was starting to get a bit better at times. And because I fear what sort of crappy thing they'll replace it with.

I'll give you that one hands down. SciFi Friday used to be mandatory on our household. Right up until they ruined it with (2 hours of) wrestling. What moron decided that qualified as Science Fiction?!?

On Star Gate in general, it seems like they're really just been spit-balling in the hopes of reproducing the chemistry of the original series. But it's hard to clone Jack O'Neil. He really made the show work, at least for me (McGuiver fan).
3125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple - not quite grasping the concept of privacy. on: May 05, 2011, 02:02:57 PM
I think they're just trying to get the jump on the Orwellian dark horse "Big Brother" position. First the souls of the user-base are collected, then the get delivered to the dark overlords for entertainment & consumption.

This is why they thrive on our hatred...
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