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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Last gasp chance to have a say re TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)? on: October 18, 2014, 01:08:08 AM
For those as may be interested and for your action: There is a potentially useful crowdsourced(?) report at OpenMedia.org to push back against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Internet censorship plan with a positive alternative from the pro-Internet community: OUR DIGITAL FUTURE

I actually think it may be like the proverbial "p#ss#ng in the wind" as the TPP rather looks like it was a done deal at the outset.
Democracy it ain't.
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: October 18, 2014, 12:54:58 AM
^^ Some people (not me, you understand) might say that if there was a devil, it could well look like Monsanto, but I couldn't possibly comment.
"By their fruits ye shall know them."
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: internet of things on: October 12, 2014, 04:21:42 PM
Yes, I think that one of the first actions of the New World Government that is just around the corner should be to make high speed automated or robot-controlled toothpaste delivery a maximum priority in the War Against Cavities - surely the greatest new threat to mankind and which will impact our children and their children for generations to come, and which causes disasters such as extreme weather conditions, rising sea-levels, escalating crime, and flat-chested women all around the world. Scientist have told us that we have until July 2015 at the very latest to do something about this before the potential for environmental catastrophe becomes irreversible and the CO2 emissions and bad breath from humanity's caries-causing bacteria reach deadly levels of toxicity and we all die a horrible death by halitosis.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Please send your donationcoder credits to me to enable my organisation (WAC or War Against Cavities) to fight this threat to all mankind, on your behalf. Remember: "It's For The Children.™"
29  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Fetching Preview never loads? on: October 08, 2014, 10:31:26 AM
"Fetching Preview never loads" - started happening a LOT for me, a couple of weeks back. A real PITA. Firefox - latest ß version.
My workaround is to copy all the comment text I have written, then Ctrl-R to reload the page then reply again, pasting the copied text. It usually (not always) works. I thought it was probably a cache/buffer problem.
30  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Question about "Add note" to right-click CHS tray menu on: October 05, 2014, 12:39:48 PM
Yeah, well, the virtual folders/SQL filters are a pretty useful (if not powerful) combination. I was blown away when I realised they were there and started to learn how to use them. I guess it's a hang-on from @mouser's stated original idea of developing a PIM, but then later narrowing it down to becoming just a clipboard manager.

Similar to NoteFrog, which has some nifty search and saved search ideas incorporated into its design. I discovered that it even had a kind of internal hyperlinking, but when I commented on it in a ß test I was told they didn't realise it was there and they disabled it as it was "dangerous" or something, and was not intended in the design.
31  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: How much value would there be in an optional floating small clip window? on: October 05, 2014, 12:27:54 PM
I thought you were! So was I!    smiley
Sorry to disappoint re the lack of forecasting for the nags at Cheltenham.

Clearly, he's been "considering adding it" for some time, so in his wisdom he presumably sees it as being potentially useful. Similarly (?) like his apparent lack of interest in providing a ruler in SC - 'cause it would seem to be redundant.
32  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Question about "Add note" to right-click CHS tray menu on: October 05, 2014, 10:09:45 AM
@ dcwul62: I am unsure whether you already know this, but with CHS you don't really need to collect clips into a folder the way you seem to be suggesting.
When you make a clip from a website, the metadata that CHS captures with it (optionally) includes the URL, which it writes into the "Notes" field (is actually the Description field) in the CHS main display pane. You can thus at any time create an SQL search filter for any specific string in the URL. So you could filter all the clips from a specified domain, then export all the clips, or merge them into one clip and export that.
In the example below, I just now created an SQL filter for the domain "donationcoder.com", which instantly displays all the clips from that domain that are in my CHS clip database:

[attachthumb=#]


Is that the sort of thing you might be able to use?
33  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: How much value would there be in an optional floating small clip window? on: October 05, 2014, 01:44:28 AM
The feature @mouser is suggesting could be potentially very useful, but I would not know without trying it out first.
Over the years I've come to use CH+S as my only clipboard manager. ...

+1 from me.

However, I can't say that what @mouser is proposing definitely wouldn't be of significant benefit to me, because, well, how could I possibly know the future?
If there is one thing that I do know, it is that one does not fully understand one's requirements for a feature until one has tried out the feature - "suck it and see".
For example, it was only after some experimentation that I belatedly discovered that, in CHS, there is a potentially (for me) tremendously useful feature which (despite it's being somewhat constrained) is the ability to apply SQL filters to categorise and collect certain classes of information - such as my notes about using CHS:

[attach]
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Knotable" - new cloud-based group discussion threading service. on: October 04, 2014, 11:06:50 PM
@40hz: You might get your registration confirmed PDQ now. Mine took a while to be confirmed, and then, even after it was confirmed, they decided not to activate the account for several weeks (to control the floodgates), though they later kept sending me emails reminding me to use the account even though it was not activated(!). The reminders were probably just automated human error.
Anyway, I got the impression that they were short-staffed and pretty busy in setup/implementation mode, and might not always have had the time to ensure that all the loose ends were tidied up. From experience, I know very well how that feels.    embarassed
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / "Knotable" - new cloud-based group discussion threading service. on: October 04, 2014, 11:52:39 AM
I'm not even sure whether "cloud-based group discussion threading service" is a correct description or does Knotable justice, as it seems to be quite a bit more than just that, but I find it hard to describe.
It might be a sort of fork of Google's Wave, I don't know.

Anyway, if anyone is interested in using knotable to find out what it is and what it might be able to do for them, head on over to http://alpha.knotable.com/login/ and register for an account. It's in ß testing at present, and FREE, though I am unsure whether it will stay free. There is also a blog at http://blog.knotable.com
They seem keen to have people join them for beta testing, though they haven't opened the floodgates to all comers yet. I was an early applicant for an account, but it was a few weeks before they let me in.

If you PM me in DCF with your moniker, once you are registered in knotable, I shall respond and commence chatting with you in knotable.
36  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS conflicts with TinySpell+ when pasting a clip into target app with KEYBOARD on: October 03, 2014, 08:47:19 PM
@mouser: I'd be very interested in learning about whatever you discover there, please. You just might end up identifying the cause to the item 2. Letter "v" is output on a Paste that I mentioned above.
I had always supposed that the cause probably lay in the AHK script that I referred to, but I can't figure it out. Because CHS is so stable on its own, I didn't expect the cause to be CHS, and I only got the "v" thing after having introduced a modified AHK script for pasting formatted/unformatted clipboard contents.
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 03, 2014, 08:09:25 PM
^^ Mmm, caffeine abuse. I love it.
Same with seriously addictive solvent abuse (something I am ashamed to admit that I do on a daily basis).
38  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS conflicts with TinySpell+ when pasting a clip into target app with KEYBOARD on: October 03, 2014, 10:54:55 AM
This might be relevant:
I have spent quite a bit of time tweaking around with AutoHotKey and CHS (Clipboard Help & Spell), trying to get it to meet my peculiar needs, and in the process - through some analysis and experimentation - I came to understand the sequence of steps in copy/paste actions - for example, as per this DCF discussion thread CHS tip - retain last clip's formatting with an AutoHotKey workaround script.

From experience, CHS is stable and reliable, and there are only two odd situations I come across with copy/paste actions from time to time:
  • 1. Broken Clipboard chain: If CHS "doesn't copy" something, then one needs to right-click the CHS Systray icon and select Re-establish Clipboard Chain, and that fixes it.
  • 2. Letter "v" is output on a Paste: Sometimes on a Ctrl-v (Paste) action, a letter "v" is pasted instead of the contents of the Clipboard buffer, and when you try to paste again you find that there is apparently nothing in the buffer or in position No.1 of CHS' list of recent clips, though sometimes the contents you wanted to Paste may be in position No.2. When this occurs, I can't reproduce it, but I suspect it may be that some exception (i.e., something unusual) has occurred - e.g., (say) a "Null" character has been copied into the Clipboard buffer - so my guess is that the printable character "v" of the key combo Ctrl-v somehow gets output instead.

That - the "v" output - actually looks a bit like what is happening per the OP (opening post).

tinySpell+ includes these features - per http://tinyspell.numerit.com/#features:
  •     Checks spelling of text that is copied to the clipboard
  •     Allows you to specify applications for which tinySpell is disabled or enabled
  •     Allows you to add words to the dictionary
  •     Optionally beeps on error (beep sound can be easily set to any wav file)
  •     Optionally displays a spelling tip (see example)
  •     Opens replacements list with a simple mouse click or a hot-key
  •     Optionally copies the selected replacement word to the clipboard
  •     Optionally inserts the selected replacement word into the document
  •     .....
  •     Supports Hunspell dictionaries in many languages (see Dictionaries below)
  •     Remembers the last error (even if it is not the last typed word)
  •     Optionally displays a spelling tip with instant correction (see example)
  •     Includes a clipboard spell checker that shows all spelling errors in the clipboard's text in a single glance, and allows you to correct them

When you make a Copy or a Paste, there is probably quite a lot - more or less simultaneously - going on in CHS and in tinySpell+, and both apps would be accessing/manipulating the contents of the Clipboard buffer and may be making changes to it at some stage.
If you read the example of the DCF discussion thread that I link to above, you will see that I started to have some real problems with CHS, which boiled down to timing issues (not conflicts) that I was able to address and fix in the AHK (AutoHotKey) script. Both CHS and AHK were accessing/manipulating the contents of the Clipboard buffer at the same time there as well.

At a guess, I would suggest that it could be that the same/similar issues are what is causing you problems with CHS and tinySpell+, since either on their own are presumably functioning just fine.
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 02, 2014, 11:41:08 AM
I've never really been interested in Twitter, and so, being a bit "behind the times" I had missed these sorts of viral Twitters (below) - which make me interested. They seem to me to be an entirely new source of humour that couldn't easily have occurred in quite this way without something akin to Twitter as the medium.

@Renegade is to be credited with referring me to the first two, and I followed them up a couple of days back. I found some of the tweets quite amusing, but not a few seemed aggressive. I just stumbled upon the third today and had a LOL moment - it has many highly ironic, rather clever and very pointed comments there.

Maybe I am missing something, but what I don't understand is how people can possibly think it could be a good idea to put up self-promulgating hashtags like that. Fiasco time.
Derision is a great leveller.
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Gmail users no longer have to embrace Google+ on: September 27, 2014, 11:01:29 AM
Lots of media now talking about this.
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
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Gmail users no longer have to embrace Google+ ... The Inquirer
That’s a positive

By Dave Neal
Mon Sep 22 2014, 10:26

GOOGLE HAS STOPPED requiring that new subscribers to its services join its social network Google+.

Google+ is something of an also-ran among social networks and does not have the same traction as Facebook or Twitter, for example.

Perhaps hoping to increase user numbers and generate network momemtum, Google insisted that its new Gmail users adopt its social network by signing up for Google+ accounts, and it has been doing so since the beginning of 2012.

That requirement is no more, and neither is Vic Gundotra still the Google executive in charge of the network. When he departed this spring the suggestion was the Google+ might follow him.

Now, according to a report on Larry Kim's Wordstream blog, the writing is on the wall, although unfortunately for Google, it's probably on a Facebook wall.

Kim said that the requirement was dropped quietly this month, and Google confirmed this move over the weekend.

A Google spokesperson told The INQUIRER that the requirement to sign up for both Gmail and Google+ has been changed, but added that Google+ is still a thing and that if people want it, they can still get it.

"We updated the signup experience in early September," said the spokesperson. "Users can now create a public profile during signup, or later, if and when they share public content for the first time (like a restaurant review, Youtube video or Google+ post)."

A new "No thanks" button will now allow users to skip creating a Google+ account when they signs up for a Gmail, Google Docs, or other Google account.

Gundotra's Google+ account still exists and remains active, so thats something. µ
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: September 27, 2014, 10:26:36 AM
Hilarious.
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The FBI says disgruntled employees are the new danger- The Inquirer
The insider threat is a big one
By Dave Neal
Thu Sep 25 2014, 13:37

The FBI has warned about the insider security threat

THE UNITED STATES Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned businesses to watch out for disgruntled employees with an axe to grind and a basic command of internet services.

In a note on the US Homeland Security website the FBI said that the insider threat is a very real one, presumably because it has cottoned on to the whole Edward Snowden and NSA thing, and employees represent a "significant risk" to networks and proprietary information. In its advice the FBI suggests that firms be on the lookout for people who look glum, have personal email addresses and use things like Dropbox.

"The exploitation of business networks and servers by disgruntled and/or former employees has resulted in several significant FBI investigations in which individuals used their access to destroy data, steal proprietary software, obtain customer information, purchase unauthorised goods and services using customer accounts, and gain a competitive edge at a new company," the FBI said, recommending that firms look out for poisoned exit strategies.

"The theft of proprietary information in many of these incidents was facilitated through the use of cloud storage web sites, like Dropbox, and personal email accounts. In many cases, terminated employees had continued access to the computer networks through the installation of unauthorised remote desktop protocol software. The installation of this software occurred prior to leaving the company."

Some rascals have left companies only to return and extort them for access to websites and other information, added the note, and the FBI admitted that it spends a fair amount of time looking into such capers and that companies can spend between $5,000 and $3m recovering from them.

The FBI had some recommendations for organisations. First it recommended that companies change network access passwords when someone leaves, and delete that person's credentials from the system. It also said that passwords should not be shared, either by people or systems, and that they should be changed from any defaults.

It didn't say this, but it is also a truism: You should not iron your trousers while you are wearing them.
42  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Select Copy - Auto-copy selected text on: September 26, 2014, 09:31:50 PM
Not sure whether this might help, but there is an auto-copy extension for Firefox here: http://autocopy.mozdev.org/

I have used it for ages. It works a treat capturing with a touchpad giving left-to-right or right-to-left select, or double-tap on a word.
I'm not suggesting that you could use it for what you are proposing here, but it could give you some ideas and save some reinvention of the wheel.
From memory there was also a Greasemonkey script that did something similar.
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 26, 2014, 12:21:42 AM
IainB - I think what mouser and Deozaan are saying is that it would be better if religious and political humor that could be considered offensive by our members was kept out of this thread. (We have the Basement for that)
I don't see a problem with light-hearted "religious" humor, though, such as the following:
...

@app103: Thankyou, your opinions are always of interest, I'm sure. However, in this case I was merely responding to what was quoted (as above) and did not really need a third party to helpfully attempt an interpretation of what was written, nor was I inviting argument or debate, but merely pointing out and substantiating the conclusion which I led up to in the final paragraph, and which thus stands on its own two feet without my having to substantiate it further.

If @mouser or one of his forum mediators had simply gone [snip] with the comment, or maybe (say) asked me to delete it - because they didn't like it, for whatever good reason - then that probably would have been fine by me. It is @mouser's forum, after all.
However, if they instead leave the blessed thing there and then start to criticise and/or label me in pejorative fashion for their false assumptions/perceptions (QED) - for example, that I had (say) made a "thinly veiled religious/political insult" - then I would feel obliged to point out what I did, in my own defence.
I cannot passively stand by and accept that people may project their own ignorance or false perceptions onto me and as a result they then feel this justifies them making false/inaccurate written statements or accusations about me or my actions, in public - and this is a public forum.

Regarding the joke you tell above: I am very familiar with that joke, and it is not in my vast database of jokes simply because it does not get past my filter, viz: I don't blindly save in my database every joke I come across, but only the ones that make me smile or laugh, and that aren't too cruel to the butt of the joke, and that aren't too extreme (e.g. racism, sexism).

I am sorry to have to tell you that the joke you tell is an old (I think I was 13 when I first heard it), childishly simplistic and stupid joke, making a ridiculous sexual allusion about the practitioners (a nun and a priest) of the RC faith and whose faith forbids such sexual activity, and deliberately misinterpreting a scripture. I refuse to make that sort of fun of such people or deliberately misinterpret a scripture so as to ridicule a faith or a scripture. Perhaps if it were told in a self-effacing way by (say) an RC priest, I could find it funny, though a little strange. Otherwise, I'd leave telling that sort of thing, for example, to (say) religious people who might do it to hide their embarrassment about the strength of their own religion or religious conviction, or to (say) the more moronic practitioners of another religion - Atheism - who always seem to delight in mocking other religions with similarly stupid jokes.

Even if it might make a valid point, I do not like to poke stupid fun devoid of any irony, or that makes vicious criticism/derision, at any religion, nor do I encourage other people to do so - e.g., the so-called "art" of the Madonna in a Condom, or the Piss Christ.

The joke I gave a link to has just the right pattern: though we can see that it is not entirely rational, it is cute (clever), simple, ironically oh-so-true, and descriptive of the elephant in the room - which all goes towards making it qualify as good for a decent belly laugh.
I could, for example, (say) have linked to a joke about RC priests sodomising choir boys, or something, but I wouldn't, because that just would not have carried the irony of being true as a rule, since  - though we all know it goes on as a deviation/exception - there is definitely no RC law/rule permitting that behaviour.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 25, 2014, 08:59:26 PM
My personal opinion is that in a thread about silly humor, we could do without the thinly veiled religious/political insult posts.
You may find it funny, but it's contrary to the spirit of this site.
____________________________________

My 12½ y/o daughter sent me this link. It's actually got some interesting and some funny stuff there on that site.
[Link removed]
Hi IainB,
I think that link was completely inappropriate, both for this thread and for DC at large. Further, I'd appreciate if you kept posts that single out and make fun of particular political or religious views out of the "silly humor" thread. Just because you find some kind of wry, sardonic humor out of it, doesn't mean it belongs in this thread. This thread is meant for lighthearted and fun humor.
Please help keep this thread lighthearted.
____________________________________

Sorry, I just now got around to looking through this thread and picked up the above comments.

There is a biblical prohibition in the Old Testament (Leviticus 19:28) against what we nowadays would probably call "tattooing" - "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD." (body markings were associated with paganism in the rabbinic period). This follows as a similar prohibition in the (much younger) Koran - which is soundly based on the Old Testament. Tattooing - particularly of women - had been apparently common at the dawn of Islam, and was similarly regarded as a pagan rite.

Western democracy is generally secular (not governed by or based on religion) and the same goes for the the prevailing laws. However, history shows that the earlier Western governments and laws were generally non-secular (governed by or based on religion - Christianity in particular), and one still sees the custom of (say) swearing under oath with one's hand on a Christian bible (though the Koran is now also sometimes used, I gather, in some parts).

Islamic countries are called Islamic because they are based on non-secular Islamic law and may also be Islamic theocracies (rule by priests in the name of a god). Similarly "The Theocracy" was the commonwealth of Israel from the time of Moses until Saul became King.

It is customary and quite legal in Western societies for people to be tattooed in any way they want. The Maori Ta-moko (a tribal/pagan and customary tattoo) being a typical example. As above, however, this sort of thing is expressly forbidden today in the Koran and under Islamic law.

It is customary and legal by definition In Islamic law for men to marry girls of age 6 and upwards, and have sexual relations with girls (as their wives) under the age of 16 - what in the West is discreetly referred to as the "age of consent". However, this is forbidden by law in most/all Western societies, and the label "paedophilia" is despised and the act of a man or woman having sexual relations with under-age children or sodomising or sexually abusing children is a serious offence and punishable by law.

Any Westerner who would question, criticise or condemn the religious customs or laws of Muslims in the case of men marrying little girls would presumably be ignorant of the fact that their Western laws are much younger than those 1,400 year old Islamic laws permitting this.
Furthermore, they would probably be ignorant also of the facts that it is only Western psychiatry that has invented and defined paedophilia as a psychological disorder, and that has invented and defined a law against under-age sex, where previously no such Western concepts existed, and that apparently members of the British parliament (e.g., including, more recently, a woman member of the Labour party) have been supportive of movements related to the Paedophile Information Exchange and a progressive movement pushing for the liberalisation of "consensual" sex with minors. Thus the continuation of the criminalisation of the latter - in the UK at least - is by no means a given certainty.

I asked my daughter, did she think she was making either a religious or political criticism by pointing out that very funny joke to me?
She said categorically "No", and added that it was both very funny and true (and funny because it was true), but because it was true it was also an unfunny and serious matter to her, and especially to her very best friend Alia (not her real name).
My daughter and her BFF Alia have grown up and gone to school together for about 5 years at least. Alia has just turned 11 and is the daughter of the family of our personally very close friends and neighbours  - a man  (Alia's father) and his wife (Alia's mother), and another man (Alia's uncle). The two men are doctors, and they fled Iran, with Alia being born a New Zealand citizen. The two doctors knew that only one of them was qualified sufficiently to act as a doctor in New Zealand, and so accepted that they would suffer hardship in income and economic living standards as a result (which they have suffered).
It seems that, when they went back to Iran about 4 moths ago - for the first time as a family - to spend a month with relatives, a local man made a very insistent and persistent proposal to marry Alia (then aged 10), and would only desist after being flatly rejected by another of Alia's uncles who was a respected elder in the village.
The thing is, under Iranian law, the proposal was already supported by default, by virtue of the leading cleric (Khomeini) having decreed "Let not your daughter's first blood be in her father's house".

I am aware of these things, and you would presumably not be, but you can perhaps now understand why it would be incorrect to suggest that I was criticising a religion per se (I do not criticise it - it is a near-perfect system of laws), and ludicrous to suggest that it might also be a political criticism. It was neither  It was simply - as my adoptive older brother Khaled (himself a Pakistani Sunni Muslim) said, "A sad reality", and the joke was "Sadly, funny - the elephant in the room".
45  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review. on: September 25, 2014, 07:11:15 PM
EDIT 2014-09-26: Just updated the OP to clarify an important difference in the PROs and CONs regarding real-time protection of MBAM, viz:
 - Real-time protection cannot be enabled in the $FREE version.
 - Real-time protection can be enabled in the $PAID (Premium) version.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 25, 2014, 12:18:47 AM
Toad makes a good point.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free Alternative to CopyWhiz (Piky Basket)? on: September 24, 2014, 09:39:46 PM
Yes, here at Wayback: http://web.archive.org/we...eptworld.com/download.asp
It downloads as file: PkySetup.exe, Size: 459Kb
- which seems to install just fine on Win8.1 ...
EDIT: But actually it doesn't - it should integrate into the Explorer Shell menu, but it doesn't.

Looks like could be quite a nifty proggy - darn it! (I would have liked to try it out.)

EDIT: Couldn't find it at Last Freeware version
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 24, 2014, 09:15:35 PM
...Wish granted! Look here.

Thanks!
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / "Origins (Spinward Fringe Book 0)" by Randolph Lalonde. on: September 24, 2014, 07:22:56 PM

Mentioned the first (Book 0) in the Spinward Fringe series:
I rather enjoyed the Spinward Fringe book. Difficult to put down. Recommended!  Thmbsup
Now want to read the rest in the series...

I'd like to add to this a (my) brief review of that book:
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"Origins (Spinward Fringe Book 0)" by  Randolph Lalonde.    Thmbsup

As a veteran SF addict, I am often highly critical of new SF works, but I consider this book to be, overall, a good and enjoyable SF read.
I obtained it for FREE in the Kindle version, and it was evidently intended as a sample of more to come  - i.e., in the rest of the series.
I purchased a Kindle really just to try it out - a "suck-it-and-see" exercise. I was skeptical as to whether it could be an adequate or full replacement for all aspects of conventional books.
However, in the case of the "Origins" story, if I had not had a Kindle, then I suspect that I would probably never have bothered reading the story (even if it were available) in hardcopy. This is arguably a new dimension that Amazon Kindle has introduced to the book-readers in the publishing market, and is likely to lead to encouraging results for new authors like Randolph Lalonde, and more business for Amazon - so a  thumbs up for Kindle books there.

To my surprise, I found the Origins book to be hard to put down, due to it's having a good plot, good progressive development of the characters in the story (though sometimes a bit abrupt with the odd leap here and there, but that kept things moving), and lots of action, a love interest (just right, not too much), etc. - all "ticks in the box". The book is based in a future time, but is plausible - including, for example, the new future's science and technology invented by the author.

I read the Afterword by the author, where he summarises some of the trials and tribulations that he encountered in producing this book and developing it into a viable series. Very interesting, and I wish him the best of luck. I think he probably has a winner.
As a result of reading this first book I intend to follow it up with the next in the series.
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: September 24, 2014, 04:04:36 AM
I like my jazz one of two ways:  Ultra-traditional or way-out-wacked.  Guess which one this is?
You like that?  More here -> http://www.youtube.com/user/LakeStreetDive
Thanks. That was rather good.
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