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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8: Yes, it's that bad on: August 22, 2012, 10:13:03 AM
I just read this other article: Why I’m uninstalling Windows 8 which some particularly scary statements:
Window management is a pain in the arse

Metro apps don’t have any window controls. If you want to swap between apps, you have to make a convoluted mouse gesture - move the mouse to the top left of the screen, and then down to select the window. You can’t minimise the app, and there’s no on-screen preview of what’s running to help you quickly switch between programs.
Does anyone know if windows 8 banned the alt-tab or if we can't have two windows side-by-side? Or does the "desktop app" work pretty much as in previous versions and this reviewer just doesn't know how to use it?
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: VLC - Is it worth it still? on: August 21, 2012, 05:10:40 AM
I was never a big fan of VLC, mostly because its default keyboard shortcuts make no sense to me (I know they can be changed) and the subtitles look awful. However, I often find that there's some stuff that the system codecs can't decode properly and I have to go back to VLC. So, I suppose that if you're OK with VLC, I'd stick to it to avoid having to sometimes switch back.
78  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: CD jewel case insert file list on: August 20, 2012, 12:17:08 PM
Also, even if you can't tell the difference between 320kbps MP3 and no-quality-lost FLACs today (I'll be honest and admit that I definitely can't on just about anything), who knows what quality audio gear you might purchase in the future? Better not throwing quality away smiley
+1! Also, music that may sound OK in bad hardware, may in fact sound terrible in good gear. Recently I had problems with some MP3s that sounded OK in my macbook's terrible speakers, but when I tried them on decent headphones, they gave me headaches due to background noise.
79  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: CD jewel case insert file list on: August 19, 2012, 03:42:16 PM
yes, it takes up more space, but considering how much work it is ripping 400+ CDs, it's stupid not doing it right from the get-go
+1!  Thmbsup Also, isn't the €/GB relation much better in hard drives than DVDs? With the money you spare in using hard drives, you can buy more space to use a better encoding for the CDs Wink
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Go dark for IE - October 26, 2012 on: August 19, 2012, 02:35:34 PM
Why wait until closer to 10/26 to show the whole list at one time?
I suspect that they will try to get confirmations from the people who submitted their sites to the list. At least that's what I'd do before releasing a "final" list.
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Go dark for IE - October 26, 2012 on: August 19, 2012, 01:44:18 PM
I decided to try putting in "www.google.com"

Seems it worked...
 (see attachment in previous post)
Grin Grin Grin ridiculous

adding microsoft.com would be hilarious tongue
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CD jewel case insert with file information on: August 18, 2012, 01:09:56 PM
Crosslinking the other thread with the same content: IDEA: CD jewel case insert file list
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: lazy click on: August 14, 2012, 01:26:35 PM
It's not the same thing, but have you tried DialogMove?
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Arranges in a txt file on: August 12, 2012, 12:27:40 PM
You could try CSV Editor that has a lot of options specifically for csv files, also available in a Unicode-edition, and on top of that is free software smiley
That looks like an awesome recommendation  Thmbsup
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: programming language for math on: August 11, 2012, 05:18:25 PM
I've read very good things about python with numpy. In particular, I found this article interesting: 10 Reasons Python Rocks for Research (And a Few Reasons it Doesn’t). I've never used it with that intent, though. And I agree with f0dder: you need to clarify a bit better your question smiley
86  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: DC Mug/TShirt Designs that would be nice to have an artist for.. on: August 11, 2012, 04:26:49 PM
Is cody drinking a beer?  tellme (JK, of couse Wink )
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Staple of people from State and Europe ! on: August 10, 2012, 03:09:00 PM
The state has ZERO business in telling people what they can and cannot eat. None.
I guess this depends a bit on where you live, but around here, the state pays for medical bills. And I don't want to pay the medical bills of the guy who decides to have his every meal at mcdonalds tongue (even though I do have to, since there's nothing stopping this particular example)
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Typing Speed Competition! on: August 10, 2012, 01:22:23 PM
My score (and I feel like nudone: I'm constantly correcting my misspellings, bah):
89  DonationCoder.com Software / JGPaiva's Ahk Tools / Re: Axcrusik_s_grid Bug on: August 10, 2012, 03:53:42 AM
There's something very wrong, if maximize and undo do not work on edgegrid also :/
Which OS are you running?
90  DonationCoder.com Software / JGPaiva's Ahk Tools / Re: Axcrusik_s_grid Bug on: August 08, 2012, 02:28:13 PM
Hi! Welcome do DC!

Can you please confirm if in the other grids, the minimize button works? I can't understand why it wouldn't work in that specific grid and work on the others..
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Typing Speed Competition! on: August 06, 2012, 05:21:10 PM
(see attachment in previous post)
Mistyped soon with mouser, just to prove it's me smiley
Ah Ah Ah Ah  Grin
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hidden Netflix Marathon Gems to Watch Online on: August 06, 2012, 04:57:08 PM
Lost is definitelly a classic, even though it got terrible somewhere in the middle (golf episode, anyone?). It did get way better towards the end smiley

Also, a +1 for sherlock: great actors (I love the moriarty character), good directing and an awesome story.
If you're a fan of science fiction with a pinch of humour, I recommend the last Dr.Who season, I had a blast wathching it smiley
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SciTE regex replacement on: August 03, 2012, 06:54:11 PM
Right, that makes sense. Then you need the expression to match the first character in the way you were doing before.
One way to solve the problem is to use:
regex: ^([a-Z])
replace: _$$1
This means: match the first character, replace with "_" concatenated with the character that was matched.
Depending on the regex engine, the "(" can also be "\(", and the "$$1" can be "$1" or "\1". (yep, it's annoying that not everybody follows the same syntaxes).
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SciTE regex replacement on: August 03, 2012, 06:03:15 PM
If you try to replace "^[a-zA-Z]" with an underscore, it'll always match the first character, it's supposed to. Have you tried using only "^" (which denotes only the start of the line)?
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mswin vs linux in academia on: August 03, 2012, 04:05:24 AM
Here's my opinion as a phd student in the systems area:
I believe it has absolutely no relation with ease of use of the operating system. As 40hz mentioned, at this level everyone could learn any of the OSs with ease.
For the guys around me, it seems to be a combination of several factors:
1 - there's a significant larger body of work for unix/linux (more people are using it, which makes others change too). example: my experience is that the software available from recent years of the Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (the top conference in the Systems area) is mostly prepared to be ran in linux (despite much of it being cross-platform).
2 - we do much stuff that builds on industrial work (I'm thinking of Apache Cassandraw or red hat infinispan) for which it is easier to find support for the linux platform.
3 - we build some stuff for the industry, which prefer to receive stuff for their platform, typically linux.
4 - our processing grids are in linux (using Condor High-Throughput Computing Systemw). I don't even know if there's anything comparable in windows.
5 - I have this notion that for those who work lower on the stack (kernel level?), it's either harder or impossible to do it in Windows due to being a closed platform (I have no experience in this and may be wrong, though).
6 - much of our experience during the university is directed at linux/unix.
7 - the availability of the tools we use (gnuplotw and graphvizw are the only ones that occur, but there are many others): almost everything is an apt-get away from being installed, and if necessary we can install them in the servers to run with larger datasets. In windows, they are either harder or even impossible to install.

For the reasons above, frequently people use either linux or mac for their desktops, and linux for the servers. It is also frequent to go to meetings with other universities and find the whole room filed with macs. Last year's SOSP was here in Lisbon and I attended it, and my experience was that in general mostly only the people working at MS research use Windows and the percentage of people using mac is much larger than in the general population.

Having some kind of unix on the desktop simplifies the interactions with the servers (in our case, we have about 28linux and 1dual-boot (linux+windows), without taking into account the computing grids which are all linux). I have in the past used windows with cygwin to achieve a similar result, but felt that I was trying to "patch" windows making it look more like linux instead of using the real thing, and eventually had to change.

There's a notable exception to everything I said above: there are a few guys in our research group who had a few microsoft scholarships some years ago. Those guys have built stuff for windows for those projects and are still using it today as their main desktop.
Also, this applies only to the Systems area. There are other areas which I suppose are not as tied-in to linux since their tools are more windows-centric. (I'm thinking of the people-machine interface guys or information management. But I may be wrong tongue )
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Immersive Explorer: Oh God why? on: August 01, 2012, 12:41:56 PM
Immersive Explorer is designed to be an alternative to the default file explorer included in Windows (known as Windows Explorer).
It aims to provide an "immersive" experience to the user by focusing on the content rather than hiding it behind useless icons and large window chrome and borders. It will also avoid the user from having to open different applications and navigate between multiple windows when doing things as simple as viewing a picture.
For example, when the user want to see a photo, instead of opening Windows Photo Viewer in a new window, the photo will be displayed directly in the Immersive Explorer window.


I actually think it looks pretty good, I'd give it a try if I had windows.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New version of Chrome can WATCH and LISTEN on: August 01, 2012, 12:20:37 PM
If you don't like it, just put up a mirror facing the camera and let Google reflect on that!
You. are. awesome.
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Fiber on: August 01, 2012, 03:34:13 AM
What's the catch?
Yes, especially for the "free" version!

  • Connection speed is capped at "regular internet speeds" ("up to" 5mbs down/1Mbs up - but no indication of the lowest speed) on free version.
  • $300 up front & non-refundable if you upgrade to the faster speed later on
  • Lifetime guarantee = 7 year service commitment if Google decides to bail out
  • Privacy. Everything you do online will be data mined by Google. Count on it.
  • Bug Brother is watching you! As was alluded to earlier, don't even think of doing anything that may be illegal on Google's network. So bye-bye to "sharing" copyrighted media, ferquenting the warez torrents, hacker darknets, and many other things you may currently enjoy, depending on your personal tastes. And expect full behind the scenes "voluntary cooperation" with any government snooping requests regardless of any public hand wringing over it by Google.
But the single biggest catch I can see is simply waiting for it to be available in your locale.
300USD is pretty steep, but still it's 3USD/month for 7 years, which is what, 10 times better than the alternatives there?
Privacy: I agree, but I'm not sure if the others aren't doing the same.
What do you mean with "bug brother"? You think they'd be more strict than regular ISPs? Why?

I'm starting to agree with wraith808: looks like it's a market push, and they'll bail out if it doesn't work out well for them. At least the consumer is the only one who comes out winning, this time smiley
99  Special User Sections / DC Website CMS / Re: What features of DC are most important to get right if DC moves to Invision? on: July 31, 2012, 07:02:05 AM
Maybe I missed something - is there a real need to change what works so well?
Carol, I believe that's a discussion for this thread: A more radical transition idea for DC CMS
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Olympic Gold Medals a Whopping 1.34% Gold on: July 30, 2012, 12:35:53 PM
Understood, but it fit nicely with my dim view of corporate attitudes. smiley
Grin Grin OK, carry on, then tongue
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