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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting (albeit minor) squabble about Game Monetization on: August 13, 2014, 01:08:26 AM
True although lately the trend leans more towards attracting a base of fans/non-customers who want to give you their money before they receive the product.

Studios nowadays are even pre-planning sequels for movies that are just about to be released.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Interesting (albeit minor) squabble about Game Monetization on: August 12, 2014, 11:01:10 PM

League of Legends players are often young, so according to these specialists they should be easy to exploit for cash. Think of all that money Riot is "losing" by not putting the screws to their players! This is where we are as an industry: A company has taken the free-to-play model, created an implementation that is fair to players, and our response is to criticize the fact they don't get enough.

The most popular game in the world, in other words, isn't good enough.

"Just think of paying 99 cents just to get Mario to jump a little higher." This was in a letter to Nintendo's Satoru Iwata.

League of Legends critics are trying to sell themselves, not fix the game

I'm honestly out of the loop but it's an interesting commentary on the success of a free to play system.

I just don't know LoL. I don't know if their premium content are like DLCs (which I hate). I don't even care to watch the videos because I don't think this is one of those games that have a semblance of a plot.

I have experiences with Free 2 Play system and what always eluded me is how much interest there is for competitive multiplayer games of the rts or 1st person shooter variety but barely any work for selling free chapters that resemble something like Guild Wars but with an actual original story. Then again, with DLC, the breach between single player games and multiplayer pay option seems fulfilled. If you want a true single player pay experience, you have to stick with following indie game blogs. If you want true DLCs, you have to follow crowdfunding threads and modding sites.

All way too much for me. This is one of those things that could really use a single feed that captures multiple blogs and modding news sites.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Her experience at Hackathon on: August 12, 2014, 04:33:36 PM

Full article

Hacker News comments

Notable comment:

The best kind of hackathon project is to demonstrate a new technology. Facebook wouldn’t win a Hackathon, most social networks wouldn't, because technologically, they aren't that interesting. I am glad that you didn't spend much time business/revenue model or market research. I got it wrong the first time I joined a hackathon

I don't have any experience at this so maybe you guys can chime in?
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Donate a Vote, Make a Mobile App Happen on: August 12, 2014, 04:15:21 PM
3rd idea is approved

Full description:

To-do lists are outdated. The texts are stuck on one list or folder. The only other way of filtering are through tags. What if, instead of a mindmap, you get several virtual bowls. A bowl that not only serves as your to-do list but also your reminders, your document attachments, your contacts, your app groups, your voice notes and finally your brain?

Forget e-mail inboxes, import e-mail messages into a bowl "that mixes" according to your needs.

Forget to-do lists, share to-do recipes with your team or friend.

Forget brainstorming on one map: Mix and match different ideas per bowl rather than clumsily per map.

Take advantage of the touch gestures of a mobile app instead of replicating a desktop software. Help open the world: Todo Mix!

Purpose of Idea: To go where to-do list mobile apps have yet gone before.

Features List:

Gesture based task management
Visual feedback of items
Relaxing ripples when adding tasks
File attachment
Unique "not per item" sharing

Target market: people who want to share recipes, people who need a new way to view their tasks, groups that want their own personal touches in their to-do

Barriers to entry: It's too massive to explain succinctly. You are essentially taking BumpTop movement...( ...turn it into a bowl. Get developers to find the appeal in ingredient
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Orfeo Morello Interview: Creator of on: August 12, 2014, 01:25:45 PM


What excites you about working in WebRTC?

WebRTC is a technology that immediately impressed me. I have many years developing software solutions and I have followed the evolution of technologies. A few years ago to be able to use a webcam or a microphone in a software solution, were necessary to install the products of third-party plugins, made with heavy technologies such as Flash or Java applets. And now with WebRTC, thanks to a simple call to getUserMedia saves hours of development work.


What signaling have you decided to integrate on top of WebRTC?

As for my choice of framework that implements the technology I decided to use PeerJS. PeerJS uses PeerServer a simple custom nodejs server for session metadata and candidate signaling. My choice was driven by the fact that I thought that the framework was mature because it was chosen as a basis for development by the Japanese company NTT. They created Skyway that is based on PeerJS.


Backend. What technologies and architecture are you using there?

The backend system is implemented in Java in particular I used the Spring framework. I do not use any database at the moment since the system does not retain any information about the participants and the data exchanged. Most of the application lives in the Client side
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: August 12, 2014, 01:20:27 PM
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A Netflix original documentary, "The Square" is a riveting, deeply human chronicle of the Egyptian protest movement from the 2011 overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak through the ousting of Mohammed Morsi in 2013. "The Square" premieres January 17, 2014 in all Netflix territories, and in select cities within the United States.

Spoiler: The film does not end well
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The REALITY of Virtual Flight and Other Simulators (Not Just For Simmers) on: August 12, 2014, 01:11:08 PM
The flaw here it seems is that one sees through the limitation of the "vehicle" simulations and insists on the lack of feedback while ignoring the caveat that "simulators done well" can invoke another side of realistic feedback far removed from reality.

For example: you might not get the danger feedback from your average shooting simulator but you do get disgust from a more focused subject shooter such as JFK reloaded

The list goes on and on...

You might not feel the passage of time as a dictator but you will feel the moral dilemma in bribing a citizen as a dictator in Tropico 5

You might not feel the real life rundown of the election but you will realize how easy and tempting to pander to voters in Democracy 3.

You might not get the grassroots on the ground feel of A Force More Powerful but you will discover the dire helpless feeling in the back of your head whenever the status quo suppresses your run-off-the mill platforms in bringing the government down.

The key idea here is that flight simulators barely scratches the world of simulators.

There are fantasy simulators like the Sims where people torture people and to an extent flight simulators fall under this in that you create one job and the player either simulates it or hack it to be something else more fantastic.

On the other spectrum, there are simulators that are not about simulating the task but instead are about stimulating the disengaged mind.

To achieve this, one does not build from the task but instead builds into the dopamine- the drug of wanting.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Panamax: Docker Management for Humans on: August 12, 2014, 11:57:22 AM

Installation Instructions:

Currently, Panamax is in BETA and is supported on Mac OS X and Ubuntu.

Installation requirements:

VirtualBox 4.2 or higher
Vagrant 1.6 or higher
The Panamax installer creates a VM in VirtualBox called panamax-vm. This VM is built on CoreOS.
Release Notes

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9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Donate a Vote, Make a Mobile App Happen on: August 12, 2014, 11:50:29 AM

I've recently discovered Applits

It's a social voting site that claims to make your ideas happen.

It works via voting and the app that gets the most votes goes into a list where developers and designers communicate to make the idea happen and you get a percentage of the profits.

This isn't much of a website review and I'm guessing, for developers, not many would like the thought of sharing an idea that might get stolen.

Can't say I blame you but for someone like me who has more ideas than skills, I find it reassuring that someone out there might make my ideas happen.

At the very least, I hope some users find some use to the page. Maybe an inspiration for a NANY project or an unexpected view of what some people's desire are.

Cheap spam:

Currently my ideas (2 public, 1 waiting for approval) need some vote so please kindly donate a vote or comment in the page or hell comment on this thread without signing up.

Why Oh Why Me?! Social Writer

The Extreme Undead To-do List
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mitro: FOSS alternative to LastPass on: August 12, 2014, 11:29:13 AM
Excellent timing. The Lastpass website is down currently.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Current web-based RSS readers - What is your pick? on: August 12, 2014, 03:25:43 AM
For web rss, netvibes have become my old reliable. I find newer rss readers follow the Google Reader mantra of not capturing old articles in feeds and it has come to a point nowadays where I just write down the website if I want to find new articles.
12  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Is reverse engineering the Opera Presto Engine an ok start for a lone newb coder on: August 10, 2014, 09:55:03 AM
The more I try to learn some small quibble about coding, the more I stray towards the end product.

I say this because it just seems like the gap between newbie code and "programs I want to use" seem so distant that I've been trying to settle on a finished "something" as that end goal and fuck the complexity I'm heading here cause I can't catch up. I just want a software that would be closer to an engine that would restrict all I have to learn in one neat bordered down circle without trying to move to the new thing.

In a way it's an extension to this Stack Exchange post I wrote that was considered too broad.


Ok on to Part 2:

I'm picking Presto because it can handle tons of browser tabs which means it can handle tons of dynamic screens that can do what MakaGiga does minus the Java hog.

It already supports panels for notes and it would be a minor tweak to turn it into an outliner which it already coincidentally supports with the window menu except only for tabs.

It already has built in rocker gestures, mouse gestures and smart paste from note features which simplifies but is a good alternative for wiki-linking.

Speed dials built in means it can support Trello like boards but at the same time the MDI means you can create cascading outlines, tiled notes, sessions and it already supports an extension base.

The one con about leaving it in the dust seems to be the web browser which a PIM/To-do List/Outliner don't have to deal with except by opening in a new browser which ironically is possible seeing as Presto is still more lightweight than heavy Java programs.

In the end though, it's the fact that I have not seen any other full blown multi-purpose desktop software that can support so many features without eating up the memory. It was feature creep without the feature creep memory hog engine. All this just seems to add up towards the last hail mary end goal for a productivity software with my needs. I just don't have the knowledge yet to know if it's viable and why or why not. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? I know there have been pleas for open sourcing the engine and some Firefox extensions can mimic Opera but the overall look is just not the same as the overall capability of the Presto engine to be light to middle hogging the computer.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: My New Temporary 14 day Blog that does not support comments on: August 07, 2014, 05:35:17 AM
That would first have to assume that one knows the software to keep track of in the first place.

The blog is more about software one has ignored and just recently discovered to have a new feature unique to it or an old unique software that's been around but I've never heard of until now.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Most advanced tagging functionalities? on: August 07, 2014, 05:31:51 AM
I would have imagined virtual folders to be something normal for tag-based systems. Maybe I used the wrong word. What I mean is custom views (file listings) based on a user-defined search specification, based on tags of course. For instance, the query may request the list of all files that have tags tag1 and tag2 but not tag3.
The resulting listing is what I was calling (maybe wrongly) "virtual folders".

Edit: to be proper "virtual folders", I think that probably they will need to be sort of permanent (i.e. until they are deleted). Of course they would have to update themselves automatically.

Ahh yes I misunderstood. What you are referring to are found in RemembertheMilk. They are called Smart Lists
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / My New Temporary 14 day Blog that does not support comments on: August 06, 2014, 10:20:25 AM

Blog content:

Forgive me for being brash but it has come to my attention how hard it is to keep up with new and old software nowadays. (Mostly old)

I cite for example the recent drop off of Springpad and the Google Group that has formed beneath its corpse.

Can anyone tell me how else users would have discover all the new web clipping sites posted in the web if the users (as well as creators posting their cloud service links) if it wasn't for one popular dead service blooming into a group of users looking to migrate elsewhere and becoming a large enough userbase that would lead to blogs like Lifehacker popularizing the group?

Anyways I don't know the best source for finding out the software listed in the web but my main source DonationCoder did not list these services so here I am turning what was originally a forum thread where users could put in old apps that they just recently discovered and giving up on the idea and turning the entire thing into a blog instead. (Hopefully keeps an archive of blog posts once this trial expires.)
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Most advanced tagging functionalities? on: August 06, 2014, 10:17:36 AM
Well nowadays there's different functionalities of tags depending on the service.

Plus wanting virtual folders then I can't imagine there's a software out there that has both unless you mean something like Evernote Notebooks.

I haven't tested any software but this seems advanced:

Personally the tag manager I use the most is Tobu and online it's Workflowy. Neither supports virtual folders though.

For ideas, imagine an emotional tag that syncs with another tag. Basically turning one tag into an off/on button and the other tag into a container for two different sets of tags.
17 Software / PBOL / The road to making this the best program of it's genre on: August 05, 2014, 07:30:25 PM
View the end goal number alongside the current progress bar AnotherOneDone

Change the font size of bars based on importance Droptask

Auto-generate progress bars by dragging url/url inside url Dragdis

Add sound effects for every manual addition of the progress bar not just the end

Add linked progress bar that reduces a full progress bar for every time there's an increase in the other progress bar Gamification/Pomodorium

Add leaderboards of progress bar tasks completed Gamification

Add vertical bars between spaces of columns for longer paragraphs Trello

Autofill progress bar name for new progress bar when a finished progress bar ends Lastpass

Autohide multiple progress bars with a click of a button and replace it with a singular space that individually opens those bars one by one OneTab

Only set a limited number of progress bars to open on startup

Create sub-progress bars that pauses the main progress bar unless the sub-progress bar gets completed Goalscape

Create a visible log of previously finished/hidden progress bars TheBrain

Singular progress bar that switches when the right mouse button is held and then swiped Sleipnir Browser

Sleep dial tabs Scrivener corkboard

Add karma/daily score board based on your progress Todoist/DayScore/Success Log/Fail Log

Add sounds based on progress bar Coffitivity/Soundrown

Combine PopUp Wisdom with completed progress bar

Change progress bar color based on hotkey - preferably different from current colors to differentiate between interruptions, breaks, side projects Noteliner

Offer a type box to quick create dated progress bars coolendar

Add the option of asking a question at the end or beginning of a progress bar IMQuit Addiction for Android

Add a progress bar that starts at the middle and can be dragged to negative or positive Treed! for Ipad

Set gesture to auto-minimize Progress Bar and optionally set time for it to reappear

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is it possible to speed dial group of tabs in Firefox? on: April 08, 2014, 06:49:31 AM
Tabulous Firefox Extension

Click the drop down arrow besides the square and then save all tabs.
19  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Stormboard on: April 06, 2014, 02:15:49 AM
Basic Info

App NameStormboard
Test System SpecsIron browser
Supported OSesWeb
Support Methods
Upgrade Policy


Pricing SchemeFree, $5 per month, $10 per month
Relationship btwn. Reviewer and Product None. Tried the app


Online Sticky Board.


Who is this app designed for:

Collaboration between users. Focus on startups and teams. Even the sign-up asks for a company name.

The Good

Arguably one of the best and simplest online collaboration board out there. The price for the paid version is cheap too.

The needs improvement section

Vague export name called reports. No lines to connect the relationship between two sticky notes. Unclear templates requiring you to view every preview to see where the lines are.

Why I think you should use this product

The interface is pure KISS and it is one of two apps that I've seen use an aerial view to maneuver through lots of notes.

How does it compare to similar apps

It lacks reminders to be a Google Keep competitor. It lacks lines to be a mindmap competitor. It lacks a public version to be a social media competitor despite having votes.


Right now, I think this would be my default sticky note software despite it being team-oriented and I'm using it for single user needs.

Not sure how it would scale but it's one of those web apps that feel seamless on first use and everything just feels like the developers have their goals clearly set to providing a unique enough experience from your regular app.

Links to other reviews of this application

The ability to draw sketches in addition to text, photo and video sticky notes.
The ability to add documents to a storm.
A more modern and consistent design and user experience.
Improved compatibility with touchscreens.
Enhanced searching and filtering options.
Attractive reports in Excel and PDF formats.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Nimblebox - Evernote plus Twitter client on: March 22, 2014, 06:11:18 PM


It uses markdown from the video but I haven't installed it.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In Need of Searchable Database For a Card Shop on: February 05, 2013, 12:07:13 PM
I think I am going to go with wordpress, because I already know how to use it, so I won't have to learn anything new, which will make things so much easier when I go to explain to the shop owner how to use it. Each card will be a blog post. And each blog post will have a category tied to it. (creature, enchantment, artifact, etc.) And then to further make it easier to search for a card, each blog post will also have tags tied to it. (eg. a green elf shaman would have the tags: green,forest,elf,shaman) then to make it look less like a wordpress blog, and more like a card database website, I disabled the pages tab at the top of the theme (there is only one page anyways, the news/anouncments page), and then added to the sidebar the categories widget, and named it card database, so that people can get a list of cards based on card type. (creature, enchantment, etc.)

If you're going to resort to Wordpress, I think it would be more convenient to take advantage of services like Evernote, Springpad, Tumblr (compare their archives with Wordpress) and Pinstamatic.

Wordpress tags...are kind of iffy.

You are bound to end up with something like this:


When you should be aiming instead for something like this:
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mozilla Add-ons: "Not available for Firefox 11". But it's Waterfox 18! on: January 29, 2013, 02:34:13 AM
I have not used Waterfox but try these other methods but the most common method for FF add-ons as mentioned here is to disable add-on compatibility. Simplest being installing nightly testers tool:

There's also this:

Go to about:config then search for extensions.checkCompatibility and set it to false.

RES works perf

and this:

    Rename XPI to ZIP
    Edit one of the files to change compatibility settings (I think its one of the few in the root folder from memory)
    Rename to XPI

Find an addon that is compatible, and look at their files to figure it out if you're still having trouble. It's been a while since I was working with XPI files, but I used to have to do this in order to make the addon we were developing work with Firefox beta browsers.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / I did not realize how bad Google has become on: January 29, 2013, 01:05:00 AM

How It Works

When you search for "cooking" today, Google decides that renowned chef Jamie Oliver is a relevant social result. That makes sense. But rather than linking to Jamie's Twitter profile, which is updated daily, Google links to his Google+ profile, which was last updated nearly two months ago. Is Google's relevance algorithm simply misguided?

No. If you search Google for Jamie Oliver directly, his Twitter profile is the first social result that appears. His abandoned Google+ profile doesn't even appear on the first page of results. When Google's engineers are allowed to focus purely on relevancy, they get it right.

So that's what our "bookmarklet" does. It looks at the three places where Google only shows Google+ results and then automatically googles Google to see if Google finds a result more relevant than Google+.

Talk about a tongue twister of a bookmarklet.  tongue

Unfortunately I don't use Google+ so I don't know what I'm missing.
24  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Crazy story behind the 64-bit Windows Pinball on: January 29, 2013, 12:53:53 AM
From: http://www.instantfundas....d-pinball-and-how-to.html

When Windows 95 came out, one of the features of the new operating system was that it provided a great platform for gaming, and lots of developers were clamoring for a piece of the action. The game was originally developed by a game developing company called Cinematronics, who sold licensing rights of the game to Microsoft for inclusion in Microsoft Plus for Windows 95. For Cinematronics, a small software company then, it meant exposure to millions of Windows users and thousands of developers. The very next year Cinematronics was bought by Maxis, another game developing company, that eventually got acquired by Electronic Arts another year later.

I can't tell if this is good or bad news that Linux is lacking a game of this demand out of the box.  tongue
25 Software / Post New Requests Here / Important To-do/Anuvu equivalent of Important Tabs on: January 29, 2013, 12:38:40 AM

It kind of functions like a pin tab but one where you can close all not important tabs.

Btw side request for Anuran, I think one way to manage the constant schedule pop-ups is to have an option that only pops the box open when a command like a closed window was done instead of a specific cycle of time.
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