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1601  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to make a local copy of an ancient Web forum? on: November 26, 2008, 03:00:49 PM
Well Gaia Online is constantly fed by their in-game currency. You see, people there gain in-game money for every post they have which allows them to buy new stuff for their avatars.

To add to that, there are constantly poem/story contests there which promises big huge in-game money which further feed the post counts. Finally, before it jumped the shark, it had a decent Religion/Politics/etc. "Expanded Discussion" board that was on par with DonationCoder's friendliness except on popular topics.

Most of the discussions never reached the advanced stages of discussions but many also were able to avoid flame fests and the fact that, that section of the forum had no censorships, made it one of the more popular boards for awhile even when topics were repeatedly being made so it's something fundamentally different from the way you approach DonationCoder's more traditional forum design.

The same can be said for 4chan which allows for anonymous postings which if it isn't already helped by the porn in it, constantly creates and popularizes memes mainly due to it's anonymity and ease of inputting. It's kind of like the original more bad-ass version of Twitter and Plurk. (though the design isn't original and in fact has been copied from the design of many Japanese forums)

That's why these two are incomparable. The rest pretty much have 24/7 internet netizens topic in mind.
1602  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A fork in the road - dangers of web services on: November 26, 2008, 03:48:58 AM
While this is indeed a risk, I fail to see how both services are related to many of the complaints here.

I want Sandy is a feature, not a repository of all your data so the privacy isn't as crucial as the missing feature that, as the quote clearly said has no comparable alternative whatsoever, desktop or otherwise.

Meanwhile Stikkit is purely a text manager so it's not like it's going to be difficult to extract or replicate by a mere copy and paste. Again, with this it's pretty much the features tacked on to it and not the actual data loss that's the core problem.
1603  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do I need to get worried if my external HD keeps getting undetected? on: November 23, 2008, 09:28:28 PM
Thanks, I just read it and am going to save it now. Do you recommend USB hubs with their own PSU as a cheaper alternative to new pcs though?

Edit: btw those are some advanced stuff. Do you have any recommendation for learning voltages with a degree?
1604  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do I need to get worried if my external HD keeps getting undetected? on: November 23, 2008, 09:14:18 PM
Oh, I didn't know that. I've replaced the two usb plug with a single usb one thinking the other one was just an extra plug. Thanks. That could be it.

Two XPs as in separate HDs but similar machine. Hmm... I wonder if I should re-build a new PC again. I've been told that could be the problem before but it's so sporadic and I have little knowledge of how to build a cheap PC, I kept prolonging and prolonging it over and over again.

1605  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do I need to get worried if my external HD keeps getting undetected? on: November 23, 2008, 08:40:39 PM
Sorry guys, these questions are kind of too advanced for me.

I don't really know whether these are SATA drives. That has always confused me.

Shades, I don't think that is the cause because even though my past external HDs had this problem, this one is a Western Digital MyPassport without a power supply plug and is using a different usb cable.
1606  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do I need to get worried if my external HD keeps getting undetected? on: November 23, 2008, 03:32:59 PM
I don't think that's the problem mouser. I've had 3 power switch requiring external HD and one mini-one that doesn't have it and it happens.

The problem with ignoring this is that it happens quite a lot. Ex. I just have this happen 5 times now just right now so I can't access the disk.
1607  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Do I need to get worried if my external HD keeps getting undetected? on: November 23, 2008, 02:15:08 PM
Not sure if this is a hardware or a software problem but I've had two XPs experience this already when the external Hard Disk would be detected and then undetected and then redetected again.
1608  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to make a local copy of an ancient Web forum? on: November 23, 2008, 12:41:51 PM
city_zen, while that's true, I think just compared to the really popular forums, it falls short but my litmus test for a really active forum is one where you can't read one topic and go back to find that the entire first page has become different in a matter of minutes where only topics that are constantly churning out replies are the ones getting back up and new topics have to be constantly bumped to the top.
1609  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: November 23, 2008, 12:38:40 PM
Thanks Curt.

Btw in my earlier reply I link to Outwit Images, what I meant was Outwit Hub.

http://www.outwit.com/pro...Run.php?version=0.6.0.172

It just has more features.

1610  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gmail launches themes on: November 23, 2008, 10:10:22 AM
Hunger is solvable? So you mean there aren't tons of species not in risks of going extinct?  ohmy

Btw where do you live icekin? Would be cool to finally research on a country that actually has a true free market.

I personally don't know why this is getting praise. IGoogle had themes for ages. Everything from changing color of the day stuff to minimalist looks. It's just Google further integrating these features together. Google would help more hungry people if they finally implemented Google Gears to Google Notebook so people without the internet can browse the recipes they put in there.
1611  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Notebook / Todo list manager on: November 23, 2008, 09:58:44 AM
It depends on what you want. Also a slight warning, recently there was a topic here on Surfulator getting a price hike and UltraRecall no longer being developed so you might need to get your feet wet on those first if you're considering them.

Evernote and OneNote are the overrated ones you'll hear alot so they're good but not the best if you need simpler or more advanced needs. (I know that sounded oxymoronic but both of those apps toe the line but doesn't really cross either areas)

Another popular beta product here is InfoQube. High learning curve though.

Other popular ones are:

Notetaking:
1. Google Notebook
2. Zoho Notebook
3. MindManager (Mindmap)
4. Tiddlywiki
5. Online Wikis (most popular casual one I know is Wetpaint)

To do list:
1. MyLife Organized
2. ThinkingRock
3. OmniOutliner (Mac)
4. Remember the Milk (and it's many plugins for FARR, Gmail, etc.)
5. MonkeyGTD/D3

P.S. Note these are just the popular ones. In no way are they the best for your needs. In fact, I only use two programs in that list I mentioned.

You may also prefer tweaks: (Use at your own risk!)

1. To do list on your desktop:
http://lifehacker.com/sof...o-your-desktop-213280.php

2.  Commandline:
http://lifehacker.com/sof...ist-processing-217063.php

3. Gmail
http://lifehacker.com/sof...e-day-gtdgmail-195814.php
1612  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to make a local copy of an ancient Web forum? on: November 23, 2008, 09:48:19 AM
Oh that's too bad. I would consider DonationCoder to be an average sized forum.
1613  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: November 23, 2008, 09:14:06 AM
Abterix:

Try these:

Speed Dial Firefox Extension:
https://addons.mozilla.or.../en-US/firefox/addon/4810

Morning Coffee:
https://addons.mozilla.or.../en-US/firefox/addon/2677

Daily Bookmarks:
https://addons.mozilla.or.../en-US/firefox/addon/7814

Question:

How is Back to Top any different than pressing the Home and End keys?

Continued from my last collection:

1. No Squint - Adjust text and page zoom separately and saves it per site. A life saver for me when Opera's fit to width isn't cutting it out.

https://addons.mozilla.or.../en-US/firefox/addon/2592

2. Sort by Size - combined with tab counter, this is my favorite extension for reading. Sorts your tabs based on their length so you read the shortest tab first.

https://addons.mozilla.or.../en-US/firefox/addon/9209

3. EasyComment - made me start responding to blogs. Auto-inserts Name and E-mail to wordpress blogs

https://addons.mozilla.or.../en-US/firefox/addon/9095

4. Outwit Images - powerful advanced image crawler. Still no idea how to use it but it looks good.

https://addons.mozilla.or.../en-US/firefox/addon/9514
1614  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 22, 2008, 04:07:34 PM
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Software and organization is a lot about compromise -- right? Compromise and choices about security, accessibility, flexibility, ease of use, portability, scalability, sexiness, price, etc. etc.

I disagree. That to me would be equivalent to saying that one should not need to search for an application because many Windows have come pre-installed with MS Office Suite on it.

I do get what you're saying about creating the app myself though but that is the bane that comes with ignorance. Also, prior to this, I don't know if such apps existed so I had to ask.

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One needs to find something that's close enough and try to work with it, find ingenious solutions (use one's imagination, creativity...) to circumvent limitations. Sometimes it's a combination of different software that'll create the best solution. Sometimes one has to adapt his/her ways of doing things slightly to match the software's design, etc.

That's true. I already had one of these so I no longer need to search for tweaked alternatives unless the alternative is better for me.

Currently, I just use Akelpad with Auto-Save and Minimize to Tray plugin, MDI mode in conjunction with Launchy.

For online syncs, on the short term I just use Dropbox.

For templates, I copy the list over to LastPass' secure notes as I don't want it cluttering Google Notebook with all the other snippets.

For long term, I just use my preferred to do list program after a copy paste.



1615  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 22, 2008, 12:20:19 AM
Thanks but I don't think that's going to work for me.

See, the thing with basing it around a "session" is organization so that when these things run amok you can easily find them and change/clone them in less time than it takes to copy paste/rewrite/reprint the to do list.

1616  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Things your kids will never know - old school tech! on: November 21, 2008, 06:00:25 PM
Nah, brick game was a handheld based entirely on Tetris and every variation of Tetris that uses the basic pixels at it. If I remember correctly, they even have a shooter using all the basic tetris blocks. The choice menu in choosing a game number also used large tetris blocks.
1617  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Things your kids will never know - old school tech! on: November 21, 2008, 10:58:18 AM
Brick Game 9999-in-1 games all in one portable handheld.

1618  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to make a local copy of an ancient Web forum? on: November 21, 2008, 08:27:03 AM
I haven't tried these before. Can anyone provide an estimate for how much space it will take to download an entire forum/website on average? I'm wondering whether as a casual user, I'm better off with the Scrapbook Firefox extension though to be honest, I don't know much about capturing to a certain depth.
1619  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: advice needed.....FirstDefense-ISR, ShadowProtect, ShadowUser, Rollback Rx??? on: November 21, 2008, 08:24:11 AM
Anyone? Ok, to be more specific, what I don't get is doesn't either Returnil or ShadowProtect already back up your files on their own?

So how does having two backups secure the pc more than either program alone?
1620  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 21, 2008, 07:14:12 AM
city_zen, I don't get the program. Where does it allow you to save a session of your to do list?
1621  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sitepoint book for free PDF download "The Art and Science of CSS" for 15 days on: November 21, 2008, 07:07:38 AM
Ok, finally got the download link. It turns out it just sends the download link to the e-mail of your twitter account.
1622  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sitepoint book for free PDF download "The Art and Science of CSS" for 15 days on: November 20, 2008, 06:19:56 PM
So how was the book? Was it worth reading?
1623  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sitepoint book for free PDF download "The Art and Science of CSS" for 15 days on: November 20, 2008, 05:31:53 PM
How does the Follow Twitter thing work?
1624  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 20, 2008, 06:06:36 AM
Yeah that would be along the lines of too much space for me.  tongue
1625  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 20, 2008, 04:59:19 AM
The problem with that is I don't have much space for paper and I don't keep them organized. You should see how many mini-notebooks I have with pages full of text in them that I ended up never revisiting again.

There's also the case of a lack of central place to store them so I'm always hitting myself on the head for throwing that 500 page paper away.

Index cards would be worse. They're small, easy to misplace and they're addictively disposable by nature. Not exactly the type of set up for something pending.
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