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3176  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Z-Type - Type to shoot on: March 29, 2011, 01:34:38 PM
Still using IE8 here at the office...I click on the Ztype link above... And get:

Quote from: the site
To play this game you need a good Browser, like Opera, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Um... I need a "good" browser like Safari?!? Good for what? sharing my Identity with people in the next universe? I wouldn't use that POS if the only alternative was  2 soup cans, 30' of kite string, a 6 year old phone book and a telegraph keypad.

Hopefully the site will run on IE9 ... If I can remember to try it when I get home. Sad
3177  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Graphical depiction of web browser popularity from 1995-2011 on: March 29, 2011, 11:24:53 AM
I view Google like one big benevolent giant -- as long as the ad revenue is pouring in like a tsunami they are kind and generous and behave well.  If anyone threatens their revenue stream they have their hands deep within the gears of the internet ready to do whatever they need to do to kill off the competition.

I think you meant big malevolent giant... cheesy ...Trust being a factor - In them - I have none.


Dragons never attack a village when they're being fed ("properly") a virgin or two on a regular basis... Wink
3178  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Graphical depiction of web browser popularity from 1995-2011 on: March 29, 2011, 07:48:18 AM
I'd also like to know why the commonly used "Windows" browser isn't on the chart. Every client I come in contact with uses the "Windows" browser when I ask them which they use (which usually translates to "Internet Explorer 7").

(hehe) Yeah, that should be listed right up there with the ones that give you the name of their ISP, when asked what browser they use.

Note: In defense of the end user, this confusion/phenomenon was caused by the practice known as branding.
3179  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Researcher Nabs $500K to Work On "Green Software" on: March 28, 2011, 03:18:35 PM
I'd say the "Green" Hot-Button" is well on its way to getting way out of hand.

What's next? Bog slow gutless - But ToTallY GreeN - computers? ...Don't laugh, they did it to the automobile.
3180  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can't wait for Flash to die! on: March 27, 2011, 06:37:37 PM
And I'm not alone in the feeling. Apple hates it (which makes me think I should reconsider),

Hm...

Anything Apple doesn't own and control it tries to ridicule or litigate out of existence.

Shit. Now I can't hate Flash even though it really annoys me... (Er...) ...Sometimes.
3181  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: shutdown and startup manger recommendations on: March 25, 2011, 07:29:15 PM
T-Clock does not do this ... And quite frankly, I don't have a really good explaination for why that is. Sad

...I, Forgot...
3182  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free, very fast FONT VIEWER on: March 25, 2011, 11:07:31 AM
Frome their website:
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The problem is well known: Only the written form is remembered, but the name is forgotten.
Here FontViewOK can help .It creates a quick visual overview of all installed fonts.
The deployment is so simple, a help file is not required.
3183  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use? on: March 24, 2011, 11:43:07 AM
video conferencing while driving

?!? ohmy ?!? ...That hardly seems wise...
3184  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Snap DB on: March 24, 2011, 11:27:04 AM
I mean, there really is not a good place to put a multiline edit/text field on the main form without sacrificing listview space in some way (which I'm loathe to do).

There is the option to anchor an edit control window to the listview cell, that can be triggered (by double click or something) to open & display the full text, and then auto close when it looses focus. That way you can keep the clean single line view and still be able to peek at larger blocks of text as/if needed.
3185  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [PREDICTION] You Will Eat a Tablet in the Next Few Years on: March 23, 2011, 08:50:39 PM
To me it just proves that half of the people that buy laptops don't really need them.

In the 6 years I've had my laptop, I've probably used it less than 15 hours total. Typically for some manner of diagnostic (or router configuration), that only required that I have a network connection and a command prompt or browser window.

So I could easily deal with a much smaller & lighter device ... as long as it had a proper OS that would run whatever app~lication I chose to write for it.
3186  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My Movie Fantasy on: March 23, 2011, 08:34:39 PM
A mix of -1408,30 days of night, farm house and Hostel, is what i would like to see someday.

I take it you like Rob Zombie's movies? Those are wicked evil. He's got a very twisted, sinister imagination.

Homicidal Clowns (The Devils Rejects)... What's not to like? smiley

Hostel = People with a piqued sense of entitlement + Kicks Just Keep Getting Harder To Find... Funny really how "evil" is easier to accept when it's a mythical creature of some kind. It keeps things tidily abstracted to the it can't really happen zone. - Call it horror at a safe distance. - But when it's just people, be they egotistically sick & twisted or not, doing evil deeds ... the level of "real" becomes a bit (more unnerving) harder to be/stay disconnected from.
3187  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Instantly Increasing Password Strength on: March 23, 2011, 01:58:20 PM
I use "Keypass" to store my passwords. It also offers to create random passwords with a single click.

What I really hate is that many websites limits the maximum password length.
Better yet: some truncate your password [to a smaller length] and don't tell you anything. So, when you try to use your large password generated with keepass, you can't get access. It happened to me at least once!

Damn, that's just cold ... If they're gonna just trunc it blind they ought to do it on both ends so you're not locked out from square one.
3188  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is your Hosting Company Secure ... Really? on: March 23, 2011, 07:53:56 AM
I've advised the client to switch hosting companies ... and they are.

And thanks for all that mail… some interesting reading, eh?

 huh Ya know, I'm usually pretty good at this ... But I have no I dea what you mean by that.  huh

=>
2nd Call:
I requested that all the existing MX records be removed (Um... Yeah), a new MX record be created, and that all the mail was now to be sent to an off-host IP address that I specified.

...you gotta be on your toes with that guy cheesy

 wallbash ROFL Okay, got it ... Thanks for the map!

 cheesy
3189  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is your Hosting Company Secure ... Really? on: March 23, 2011, 07:52:16 AM
I'm with a VPS.  If you were to call or email them about something like MX records, they would point you at a website that tells you how to do it and tell you to do it yourself.  I call it security through RTFM.

C

 Grin ...I like that! (hehe) - However this particular hosting company doesn't give its users that option unfortunately (I checked for that first). Which is also quite sad for a $600 a year hosting account.

DNS is one of my favorite things to play with...So I tend to insist on having unrestricted access to it.
3190  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is your Hosting Company Secure ... Really? on: March 23, 2011, 06:50:54 AM
I've advised the client to switch hosting companies ... and they are.

And thanks for all that mail… some interesting reading, eh?

 huh Ya know, I'm usually pretty good at this ... But I have no I dea what you mean by that.  huh

Previously they had their Exchange server suspended between the hosting company (via POP Connector) and their ISP (via SmartHost forward), on a increasingly shakey DSL connection. Now their Exchange server is fully public on a fiber connection (one of yesterday's speed tests hit 35Mb - I wonder if the wife will let me get one...).

So the mail load (for them) hasn't really changed, it's just fast & reliable now.
3191  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Is your Hosting Company Secure ... Really? on: March 22, 2011, 05:41:45 PM
From the Department of You Gotta be Kidding Me...

While working with a client's network trying to resolve some mail flow issues...I was required to contact their web hosting company. This can be "fun" to varying degrees depending on what type of verification is used to ascertain whether or not you should be allowed to be making change requests. This is frequently called Big Fun with Social Engineering when the client can't remember or find the account info. which nobody has seen for 8+ years.

Now imagine (if-you-will) my dismay at getting absolutely no challenge what so ever. None. Nothing. Notta.  Straight to the red carpet from hello. This has now happened on two separate occasions, which were weeks apart. So it ain't like somebody was having a bad day, and let it slide... What were the changes I was requesting you ask?

1st Call:
I requested that all mailboxes be tripled in size to (and this was directly stated) allow for larger Emails (with 20+MB attachments)to be sent.

2nd Call:
I requested that all the existing MX records be removed (Um... Yeah), a new MX record be created, and that all the mail was now to be sent to an off-host IP address that I specified.

And at no time was I asked for anything (not even my name - which I didn't offer) other than what domain I would like to make changes to.

Now the web-based management interface requires, domain name, user name, and pass word ... ALL of which are case sensitive. So there seems to be some level of understanding in regard to security. It just doesn't extend (or pertain) to the folks at phone support. Try this with your hosting company sometime to see how well they fair ... You might just be mortified ... I was.

...I've advised the client to switch hosting companies ... and they are.
3192  DonationCoder.com Software / Skwire Empire / Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app) on: March 21, 2011, 12:44:12 PM
For the new parent users, can you add something that does (something like) month anniversaries for the newly born?

Do you mean it would add a separate entry in every month for said newborn?

Yes, which admittedly sounds terribly cluttered ... But new parents (and grandparents) are (ok with) like that. smiley

Oh yeah, but only up to the age of 2.
3193  DonationCoder.com Software / Skwire Empire / Re: Birthdays (simple birthday tracking app) on: March 21, 2011, 11:51:14 AM
Okay... Completely off-the-wall thought: Babies (not a freaking clue why I went there either)

For the new parent users, can you add something that does (something like) month anniversaries for the newly born? Seems like they measure time in month for the first year or so for the little ones (e.g. how many months is he/she/it...).

So anybody under 2 years old (that seems like the usual cut-off) gets a monthly entry for being X months old.
3194  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: KewlAid.net - My Deepening Hatred for Fanboys on: March 19, 2011, 11:49:32 AM
I wonder where he makes the step from "OS suited for professionals" to "MacOS/Apple"?

Probably about the same point people step off buildings thinking they can fly while on PCP...
3195  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazing LEGO Great Ball Contraption Breaks World Record on: March 19, 2011, 11:07:34 AM
This is extremely awesome.
I wish lego wasn't as expensive as it is Sad

Keyword: Yard Sale (a.k.a. Garage Sale)

Wink
3196  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why don't browsers show page title in the titlebar anymore? on: March 19, 2011, 11:04:59 AM
I think it was Chrome that started this stupid trend - the page title is only displayed in the tab, and the window title is empty. Now they all do it - IE, Firefox 4. It makes it impossible to see what page you're on when there are more than 5-10 tabs open, without hovering over each.

When I first saw this topic, I was 100% ready to jump in and adamantly agree. For me a dozen tabs in a browser window is a good start. But then I saw the part about IE doing the same seeming foolish blank title thing ... And it got me thinking...Does it?!?

Here's the thing, I saw the thread at work, where I use IE8, which still has page titles. SO I had to wait until I got home, where I use IE9, to see this with my own eyes ... And there were no titles.

...Now I'd have sworn, that I both used and depended on them. But the (apparent) reality is that I didn't even notice they were gone.
3197  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazing LEGO Great Ball Contraption Breaks World Record on: March 19, 2011, 10:53:06 AM
I guess it does work, but in some locations it can take quite some time for the necessary amount of balls to arrive. As it is viewed by a lot of persons (as part of an exhibition) and given the declining attention span from most people, it becomes a necessity to drop in extra balls at some locations.

To me it is still a work of art and I am a bit jealous for not having lego anymore or the time to play with it. Sad

+1
3198  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 18, 2011, 06:29:03 PM
@tomos - Thanks for the assist. smiley

I´d like to change a systray background colour under the date&time digits.

With the default (themes in XP and) transparency in Vista & 7 the clock background color feature really didn't work that well anymore, which is why it was pulled. I have had a few requests for it's return, but am honestly not sure if it can be done (properly). It is something I plan to explore at some point, but can't specify when as it is not a high priority.
3199  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 17, 2011, 11:55:50 AM
It is possible that something else is also hooking into the shell at the same point, but I would think that more of the clock would be lagging then ... Or is it?
No, nothing else lagging on my system. If another app hooked into the shell that would surely affect the native windows clock also

Not necessarily... Ever hear the expression two is company, three is a crowd? ...Shell hooking is/can be a lot like that (not everybody exits with CallNextHook(...)).

which brings me to

By more of the clock I meant other parts of T-Clock itself (Properties dialog, Stopwatch, Timers, etc.). - I was not implying a system level issue - Are all of T-Clock's responses a tad slow, or just the calendar's?

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If T-Clock is closed, does the default Win7 calendar pop up quickly?
Here's a comparison video of T-Clock vs. Windows clock. Since I couldn't visualize the moment of the mouse click I tried to show that with moving of the mouse cursor hectically smiley
http://screencast.com/t/hejixsGx

Hectic works (rather clever actually), but the speed of the calendar windows opening (viewed by itself) doesn't really strike me as that odd. However, compared to the default windows calendar it is perceivably slower. It could be a code optimization issue, perhaps...
3200  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: March 16, 2011, 07:11:45 PM
It takes about 2 seconds on my machine to make the calendar pop up after I click. Is there a way to decrease the delay the calendar is shown, by configuration or such?  Or is it just the time the calendar dates need to be calculated?

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It doesn't matter what config, it's present with all of them (and the delay was already there in build 90). I am running Win7x64 and my machine is a quite fast one (Core i7-860).

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I checked with Sysinternals ProcessMonitor for errors but the only item was a
"HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\CTF\KnownClasses"  --> "Name not found"
which doesn't sound like a real problem.

Quite faster than mine by a mile or so ... I'm running a (4 year old) 2.4Ghz E6600 (Same OS)

Maybe we pick at the missing class name a bit...

Note: I took the liberty of stitching some of xcopy's posts together to clarify what the issue is...So folks don't have to jump around trying to figure out what the hell we're talking about. Wink

Well, I took a peak at the calendar with ProcessMonitor on mine (also Win7 x64 - which pops open instantly), and I too have the same unknown KnownClasses reference. So I gotta guess that is probably a normal part of the control's backward compatibility stuff. There really is nothing to the Calendar; it's a standard Windows Common Control in a basic, plain window. So the lag is really quite confusing.

It is possible that something else is also hooking into the shell at the same point, but I would think that more of the clock would be lagging then ... Or is it?

If T-Clock is closed, does the default Win7 calendar pop up quickly?

If anyone else is also experiencing this Slow Calendar issue (on any OS), do please chime in.


Don't forget the calendar window close on lose focus issue...not as sexy as the timer thing, I know.

I'm getting there. It's on the list ... I'm just bouncing around a bit trying to make sure there aren't any tip-of-the-iceberg type issues. Wink
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