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3151  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.
3152  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
3153  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
3154  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
3155  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?
3156  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.
3157  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
3158  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!
3159  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.
3160  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?
3161  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!
3162  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...
3163  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:
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Each time it fails it logs a Application Event ID 1000, Source: Application, Faulting Module Name: iuser.dll.

Any Ideas?
3164  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.
3165  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.
3166  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.
3167  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.
3168  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).
3169  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...
3170  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: After PSN. Who's next? on: May 05, 2011, 11:58:09 AM
Hmm, I'm now beginning to wonder if any password stored service is safe. This story is going to become increasingly common I suspect. Not good.

My guess would be no ... Unless you're using a copy of f0dder's fskrit from an online file storage.
3171  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: After PSN. Who's next? on: May 05, 2011, 11:41:28 AM
Check this out concerning brute force cracking of passwords. Was posted just recently somewhere.

Very cool indeed, thanks for sharing.

To-Do List:
 Add line "this is fun" to all hacking dictionary files.


3172  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: Periodically re-apply force settings on: May 05, 2011, 06:38:52 AM
It probably has some type of automated maintenance schedule, that normally runs (or would run) at night. So if the machine is off...and it can't run or scedule...it will have to catchup later. Like while you're trying to use the thing.

If you can figure out what the schedule is and leave it running that night so it can get itself out of the way. You'll probably have much less aggravation.
3173  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congratz to the US Military Forces! on: May 04, 2011, 07:34:06 PM
otherwise yes i think we might see some infinite posters

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Me want clown badge too.
3174  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Five Reasons Why People Hate Apple on: May 04, 2011, 12:02:32 PM
Doing the rounds on Digg today... (see attachment in previous post)

Actually, come to think of it, that's a serious issue.

Given Apple's behavior, you could never trust them in any secure environment.

O_o ...Because they're tracking them by their foot prints now too..?
3175  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congratz to the US Military Forces! on: May 04, 2011, 11:54:02 AM
(Of course, I'd think he'd want a more violent last stand, i.e. a true sacrifice to martyr himself, but that might have had the opposite effect...)

Heroes tend to go out in a blaze-of-glory, and/or sometime survive. For a martyr, on the other hand, survival is a complication. As the object is/was/and always will be, to end up dead in an emotionally provocative fashion. OBL's role was to be played (to his audience) as that of a victimized holy man. As opposed to being seen (machine-guns-A-blazing) as a mad-dog killer.
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