Latest posts of: Stoic Joker - DonationCoder.com
Welcome Guest.   Make a donation to an author on the site May 22, 2015, 09:48:25 PM  *

Please login or register.
Or did you miss your validation email?


Login with username and password (forgot your password?)
Why not become a lifetime supporting member of the site with a one-time donation of any amount? Your donation entitles you to a ton of additional benefits, including access to exclusive discounts and downloads, the ability to enter monthly free software drawings, and a single non-expiring license key for all of our programs.


You must sign up here before you can post and access some areas of the site. Registration is totally free and confidential.
 
The N.A.N.Y. Challenge 2012! Download dozens of custom programs!
   
  Forum Home Thread Marks Chat! Downloads Search Login Register  
  Show Posts
      View this member's profile 
      donate to someone Donate to this member 
Pages: Prev 1 ... 122 123 124 125 126 [127] 128 129 130 131 132 ... 212 Next
3151  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fold 2.0.1.0 on: June 14, 2011, 03:40:08 PM
If the Taskbar is set to AutoHide, the OS reports the desktop work area the same as the screen resolution.  IOW, there's no way to know where to put the gap.

I've banged my head on that rock a few times...And I still don't know the answer (I suspect there ain't one).
3152  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Backup Strategy: "The Threes" on: June 14, 2011, 07:12:28 AM
Quick-N-Dirty explanation:

RAID 0 (Striped) - One drive dies = RAID self destruct/all data is gone (e.g. it not actually redundant).

RAID 1 (mirrored) - One drive dies = You have and can run on second copy just fine until replacement (which you should order immediately) arrives. Low-end controllers you have to tell to rebuild/re-sync the mirrors. Commercial ones will usually start the process automatically (especially if you have a "hot spare").

RAID 5 (striping with parody (my favorite)) - One drive dies = Same as RAID 1. Main difference being it's faster that RAID 1.
3153  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: June 14, 2011, 07:00:55 AM
Uhm, would mounting the USB drive into a subdirectory, as you can do using Disk management, be feasible? I use it to have all my USB sticks (several brands in several capacities) in 1 subdirectory (0-USBdrives) of my harddisk, and it never connects wrong. The 0 is in the name to have it on top of the directorylist for easy discovery when using Explorer.

That was one of the first things I tried. However you can only mount one drive at a time to any given directory. Which means you'll end up with 5 targets. So...

Unfortunately no, thanks to Symantec's refusal to pole the media pool for the active target/device before running the backup. Which is after all the whole point of having a pool of media to select from. If you restart all the Backup Exec services it will do exactly that (pole the pool), and nail the correct device every time. But that's insanely impractical to do before every backup.
3154  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 10:27:01 PM
Ya just gotta like ^this guy^...He does have some good/interesting points. But I still don't like Access. *Shrug*  smiley
3155  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 06:57:52 PM
I guess I've just never actually seen a good Access based application. *Shrug*

I've seen a couple of good ones.  The problem is, with any enterprise, once something is *good* they want *better*.  Which in most cases means *bigger*.  The road to hell, and all that...

Agreed, it usually goes something like this:
Brass: This thing is great, but can we...
IT: oh shit.

...Been there. smiley
3156  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Execute a command line rather than just a program on: June 13, 2011, 06:40:27 PM
@pmoore - Sorry about the off topic ... But I just noticed you Hong Kong Phooey avatar. I used to love that show!

Carry on...
 smiley
3157  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 06:20:40 PM
How's that?  I think that's a good solution in case access alone doesn't work.

Considering you mentioned the output quality was important (IIRC), it seems a good way to keep the bases all covered. And should make a later transition easier (by keeping things loosely coupled) should it be required.
3158  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 06:12:34 PM
As a network/systems administrator I'm definitely in wraith808's corner on this. I've seen many an Access based nightmare, and am thus a big fan of SQL.

But I will give you this one:
Access's brilliance is that it leverages any moderately intelligent person into data-driven application development. 

Access's downfall is that it leverages any moderately intelligent person into data-driven application development, even those who know nothing about application development.

Any time I use it the tied hands effect the WYSIWYG affords makes me want to tear my eyes out almost immediately. Only saving grace is that you can at least switch to a (semi) proper SQL Query prompt and get something done. But even that's a bit clumsy.

I've scratch written many of our internal systems, and while it did take more time to do it around a SQL db ... Once it was done, it was done. Scaling issues aren't a problem, the server just handles what is thrown at it. Which is good because I had a lot more time back when most of this stuff was done. So now as the data volume increases and usage picks up, I don't have to worry about it turning into a fire-drill because the db decided to max out and explode. Getting to the 50,000 record stability/performance turning point really isn't that hard to do these days.

I guess I've just never actually seen a good Access based application. *Shrug*
3159  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: June 13, 2011, 03:56:04 PM
Am I the only one who hates gestures and was happy with the simple "scroll areas" on the sides of touch pads, along with a right and *physical* button?

Nope, I am totally with you on that! smiley Only gestures I like are done in the air in front of the screen ... Or in traffic...
3160  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: June 13, 2011, 03:51:40 PM
So from what you're saying it should pick T: next, yes?

Nope. It should have picked E: The next available drive letter - not the next letter available after the last drive letter you assigned.

Okay, that's along the lines of the behavior I am used to/was expecting/experienced. Ya had me thinking I was missing something there for a bit.

USB and Servers are two things I generally like to keep away from each-other. But Tape is just too freaking expensive these days... *Sigh*
3161  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: June 13, 2011, 11:58:32 AM
The only thing "killing" the recording industry is their insistence on pouring billions of dollars into trying to figure out how best to stick people with a crippled product.

If they really want to constantly waste that much of their profits they should go back to snorting them off of coffee tables.

Like in the 80s ... Sure the music sucked...but it was fun...
3162  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: June 13, 2011, 11:46:16 AM
I just looked at the last fixed harddrive letter (in this case CDEFG were all being used), plugged in a USB key and assigned it one more than the next available letter which in this case is the letter is I. (I set the key to hold a backup of the system state data since I didn't want it to just sit there doing nothing BTW.)

We then set set the backup software to look for the H drive. Because with drive I now 'permanently' occupied by the USB key, it leaves a gap in the sequence, with the next available letter being H. If you remove and then immediately add (as in swap) an external drive, it will always assign it the same letter (H) since it's the next available in sequence (i.e. CDEFG_I).

So why create a gap in the letter sequence? Here's why: Anything that gets plugged in after that will get letter J or higher.

Hm... Either there's a hole in your theory, or the server didn't read the same manuals that you did...  undecided The used letters on that machine were:
C: - Physical
D: - CD-ROM
F: - Mapped Drive
S: - Physical

 So from what you're saying it should pick T: next, yes? It didn't/doesn't *Shrug* I got tired of fiddling with it and Moved the CD-ROM to M: (because I was Mad) so the backups could use D: without tripping over the mapped F: Drive (always a good time).

Don't ya just love it when what's supposed to happen and what does happen aren't even close...  cheesy

So as long as you're swapping H properly using the remove USB applet - and you immediately replace it with another drive - the drive letter shouldn't change. The backup drive will always get the letter that falls into the gap. And any additional USB drives will grab letter J or higher so it won't affect your designated backup drive letter assignment. No more having the backup drive's letter jumping around.

Server headless - Caching disabled ... I'm thinking about filling the other USB parts with Silly Putty ... That'll keep the riff raff out.
3163  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: June 13, 2011, 06:41:33 AM
Actually the multi-touch feature in the new Dell touch-pads works quite well. I haven't used it extensively, but I did play with it for about 10min before shutting it off as it was confusing the hell out of the techno-impaired user that owned the machine. Best I could tell it worked perfectly before getting disabled for "safety reasons".
3164  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: June 12, 2011, 08:03:00 AM
@40hz:
Rite of passage would describe it better, I think.  Thmbsup

Hmmm...

Quote
turning point
(turning points plural ) A turning point is a time at which an important change takes place which affects the future of a person or thing.

Quote
rite of passage
a ritual event that marks an individual's progress from one status to another

Maybe...but I think I'm going to stick with turning point. tongue

Having been through the event from both sides (my father to me & me to my son), I must agree with Shades completely. While not necessarily ritualistic as it has no specifically structured steps, it is none the less a key and necessary transition that affords one a prideful look of approval from their patriarch...(inclusive of the rights earned from the accompanying respect)..when they finally "pass" this very crucial (and specific) test of responsibility.
3165  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: June 11, 2011, 04:25:14 PM
[Desperately scrambling for a "bright side"]

If the entire experience is documented throughly, it should make for an excellent cautionary tail.
3166  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Not bad article on The Sins of Ubuntu on: June 11, 2011, 03:11:11 PM
O_o Uh, Okay... With a name like CrunchBang I just gotta try it!
3167  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's Your Internet Speed/Reliability SATISFACTION? on: June 11, 2011, 10:01:18 AM
^Okay, 65 sounds better...You're forgiven...Except for the iPhone part.  cheesy

In fairness, I have the same kind of problem on my Android. The problem is the form factor. It's meant for 10 year old girls, and not grown men with thumbs that are a half the size of the screen width.

Right, understood. Typos are normal/human/part of life (is perfectly O-Tay). But... Having an iPhone, Well now that's a (Ehm...) Curable Condition. Wink

Chicklet keyboards are an improvement though. I wish my phone had one. I'd also like it if it had a slide out keyboard and the keyboard part were the heavily weighted one. (Better for balance.)

Being that I just got my first one a few months back (HTC WMP7 Arrive) I am new to the whole smart phone game. And I do find myself using the slide-out KB more than the on screen one. Not so much because of a scale issue, as they really are about the same. But more because of a layout issue; the slide-out has a much more familiar feel to it.

I'm really just surprised that I've gone this long without wanting to throw it out a window. Especially considering that I hated them to start with and was looking for an excuse to toss the thing when first I opened the box.
3168  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: June 10, 2011, 02:23:14 PM
 huh ...So... the the only way to avoid giving Apple more money...is to give Apple more money???  undecided ...Must be part of that new math I never learned.. O_o
3169  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's Your Internet Speed/Reliability SATISFACTION? on: June 10, 2011, 11:54:19 AM
^Okay, 65 sounds better...You're forgiven...Except for the iPhone part.  cheesy
3170  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's Your Internet Speed/Reliability SATISFACTION? on: June 10, 2011, 11:20:20 AM
Most ADSL connections in my area need about 1 hour and twenty minutes to grab a 650mb CD image. Optimum Online cable does it in about 15-20 minutes. And a client T1 in a lightly trafficked office can do it in about 5.

Um... 5? ...minutes? On a T1, which is only 1.5Mb. We've got a pair of T1's for a total of 3.0Mb both ways which works great ... but it ain't gonna pull a full CD in 5min. ...Unless it's a zipped copy of a blank one... smiley
3171  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google's ChromeOS Laptops for $20/month on: June 09, 2011, 11:45:34 AM
Of course i'm assuming the plan is for google to subsidize these and just lose money on them for years until they can destroy the market for normal OS/laptops and make it unprofitable for their competition to stay in business.

Indeed. However quite unlike the normal OS/laptop which has a fixed price that you pay for ... Here you have a Pezz dispenser. It's completely useless, save for its access - that you pay, and pay, and pay... - to all your data which is now firmly entrenched in the cloud (e.g. held hostage).
3172  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Web vs. Device? on: June 09, 2011, 11:25:38 AM
Apple will continue to get a free ride as long as Steve Jobs is alive. Once he's gone it will be open season on Apple because it will finally get called on all the problems many in the tech press are reluctant to acknowledge.

Perhaps so, but I bet they wait three days before drawing any conclusions...  cheesy
3173  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Apples, Walled Gardens, and Screw Deals - Oh My! on: June 09, 2011, 07:05:20 AM
Interesting though that the one thing you guys would not want to give up is the web connection. It's weird how important the web has become in our lives, something that did not exist in the current form a mere 20 years ago.

That ones been bugging me to. How exactly do you go "off-the-grid", while being on the internet? Aren't those sort of diametrically apposed concepts?
3174  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Web vs. Device? on: June 09, 2011, 07:01:25 AM
Blind faith has never really been my strong suite...So if the only copy of my data is in someone elses hands... (hehe) ...No. I'll vote device. Because if I lose my data, that'll suck. But if you lose my data, somebody's gonna get hurt... smiley
3175  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google's ChromeOS Laptops for $20/month on: June 09, 2011, 06:46:52 AM
Is it just me or does the fact that a financial magazine (Forbs) is excitedly anouncing a technology item make anyone else a bit leary too?

*Shrug* But if it flies, it'll pretty much end the Linux is to complicated for the masses argument.
Pages: Prev 1 ... 122 123 124 125 126 [127] 128 129 130 131 132 ... 212 Next
DonationCoder.com | About Us
DonationCoder.com Forum | Powered by SMF
[ Page time: 0.072s | Server load: 0 ]


Share on Facebook
submit to reddit