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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: November 25, 2014, 04:27:12 AM
Weight is a concern around here -- the Azpen appears to be 2.5 pounds (at least according to the Amazon page I see here).

For comparison, I've found the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 weight (1.2 - 1.3 pounds) to be just about right for the size.  When considering tablets, I often use this 10.1 inch tablet as a sort of base measure.  Granted the screen size differs, but in this case I wonder about the trade-off being made.  The Azpen appears to be about twice the weight...

On a side note, I was surprised to find being concerned by slimness after experiences with the 10.1 and the earlier Nexus 7 model -- though rounding of edges seems to help a bit.

I don't imagine it's practical, but IMHO it'd be nice to get some physical time with an actual device before deciding on a purchase...perhaps returns are possible?
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sci-fi novel now available from DC member kyrathaba! on: November 23, 2014, 05:48:22 PM
PDF (plugin), DjVu (plugin)

I hadn't tried those yet -- I think there may be source code for the DjVu plugin but perhaps not for the PDF plugin.

It'll be nicer if TTS support comes about for the PDF and DjVu functionality.  Also nice would be a PDF plugin -- hmm, may be a MuPDF-based thing might be doable...
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: November 19, 2014, 10:50:39 PM
Nice find...and nasty tracking.

Thanks for sharing!



Some related links of interest:

  Canvas Fingerprinting Wikipedia Page
  The Web never forgets Paper Home Page
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive SMART Stats - from the BackBlaze Blog on: November 19, 2014, 10:26:57 PM
Thanks for updating the post with the metrics they pay attention to.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Worm's neurons mapped, simulated in robot on: November 18, 2014, 03:33:56 AM
Sounds pretty amazing!
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Lil' Debi on: November 17, 2014, 06:34:38 PM
For a minute there, I thought it was a new version of Android OS, named after the snack cakes.  Grin

That would have been cool along with Edvard's wish especially smiley
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Android: Lil' Debi on: November 15, 2014, 07:37:13 PM
Just tried out Lil' Debi on a few devices with some success:

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The aim of Lil’ Debi is to provide a transparent and tightly integrated Debian install on your Android device. It mounts all of your Android partitions in Debian space, so you see a fusion of both systems. Its even possible to have Lil’ Debi launch the normal Debian init start-up scripts when it starts, so that all you need to do is apt-get install and any servers you install will just work.

The aim is to make it work with as few modifications to the Android system as possible. Currently, it only adds a /bin symlink, and a /debian mount directory. It does not touch /system at all.

via https://guardianproject.info/code/lildebi/.

Highly recommend checking the "Using Debian" section in the related Wiki:

  https://github.com/guardianproject/lildebi/wiki



With additional work, it's even possible to run wireshark...

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8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 01, 2014, 07:58:59 PM
I guess it can also be a sort of countdown reminder for:

  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sci-fi novel now available from DC member kyrathaba! on: October 28, 2014, 09:59:45 PM
i want audiobook version!!

On a side note, I've been finding the TTS+ plugin for FBReader on Android to be pretty decent -- at least with the U.K. male voice (I think that's with the Google TTS system underneath).

IIUC, FBReader can handle (some?) mobi and epub.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: android app to set my vibration mode on specific hours on: October 22, 2014, 11:19:51 AM
Haven't tried this yet, but apparently the app SilentNight's description is:

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Configure the phone to go silent and/or airplane mode between two times of the day.

Note: one can get the apk from that page or install via F-Droid -- see the page for details if interested.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? (All about Git, Mercurial-Hg and the like...) on: October 20, 2014, 06:19:56 PM
BTW, there was a finally a concrete case here for using Stacked Git.  For maintaining a number of simple patches to some "upstream" it is working pretty well here.  There is even an Emacs interface (perhaps a second one that works with magit -- though that's not what I've tried).

Trying to keep the patches "grouped" isn't something I've figured out though -- heard that topgit might be better for that sort of thing, but so far don't know how to work sanely with the generated history so have been sticking to Stacked Git.

Anyone else using this type of thing?
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? (All about Git, Mercurial-Hg and the like...) on: October 20, 2014, 06:11:44 PM
Unfortunately no luck reaching the three under "Lots of screencasts/videos… Here are some interesting URLs with a few fun tricks"...
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? (All about Git, Mercurial-Hg and the like...) on: October 20, 2014, 05:40:23 PM
Here are some of them:

Stimulated:
  Introduction to Git with Scott Chacon of GitHub

Relaxed:
  Getting Git
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommendation for offline "QR Code Generating" Firefox Add-on / Extension? on: October 17, 2014, 03:17:28 AM
I have been using it for a long time. It has helped me a lot in transferring text to my mobile (Nokia 5230, non IOS or Android), via QR reader.

Good to hear from someone who has been using it for a while.  Thanks for sharing smiley

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I transfer big text of SMS (festival, birthday etc. wishes) from searched sites, url of a site to check in mobile browser etc. I found it much master to type my required text in the QR box and then QR read it in my mobile.

Ah, so input is being done where it is easier to do?  Nice coordination!

I definitely find input speed to be significantly different between a pc and a phone.  May be I should measure the difference...though the experience of input being perceived as slow/awkward may be more of the problem here than the speed.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommendation for offline "QR Code Generating" Firefox Add-on / Extension? on: October 17, 2014, 03:11:39 AM
You can also click the arrows at the bottom which will give you some more options

Not sure if I understood appropriately -- the arrows to the bottom right of the QR code?  Clicking that just sends me to a page with the QR code on it.

Hovering over the QR code pops up a couple of small magnifying glass icons to the top left corner -- those seemed to work ok for me, but may be once I've made it smaller, until the browser is restarted it works...

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: October 17, 2014, 03:05:20 AM
Is it loud?
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommendation for offline "QR Code Generating" Firefox Add-on / Extension? on: October 16, 2014, 07:34:58 PM
So far Offline QR generator has been pretty decent.

Just noticed today that in the QR code window that pops up, there's a text field with a URL -- IIUC this is filled in by the add-on but it may be edited and the QR code is regenerated (as one edits even).

This feature can be handy when there are few things about the URL one would like to alter (e.g. removing certain unnecessary tracking info).  The text field can also be filled in with things other than URLs too Wink

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Code is at: https://github.com/catholicon/OfflineQR
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mind Mapping Software - What are the current top players now? on: October 16, 2014, 04:53:10 PM
I've also found using PostIt notes in conjunction with a whiteboard to be very productive.

Aha!  For a while it was just whiteboards then post-its in a notebook...but somehow "post-it" and "whiteboard" didn't spend very long in the working memory here...

Thank you for mentioning this!



FWIW, taking photos really only started to work well here once the cameras in the smartphones had improved to a certain level.  Now if the previous whiteboard state could be automatically restored smiley
19  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: You Can Relax Now v1.0 on: October 16, 2014, 04:47:40 PM
Will it work with other past and future apocalyptic predictions?
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SSL broken, again, in POODLE attack on: October 15, 2014, 08:20:34 PM
Test your browser
https://www.ssllabs.com/

Nice -- thanks for this.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SSL broken, again, in POODLE attack on: October 15, 2014, 06:38:46 PM
Thanks for the heads up and browser fix suggestions, app103  Thmbsup
22  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Plege: A FARR Plugin on: October 15, 2014, 06:12:47 PM
I could try to finally write a plugin for use with my Clipboard Help+Spell tool, which some have asked for in the paste..

It's all connected smiley
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: October 15, 2014, 06:16:23 AM
Firefox users can gradually learn more vi-like commands via the likes of VimFx...AFAIU, it's not the only one of its kind.

Note: The key sequence to enable / disable was Control-Alt-v here -- not Shift-Alt-v as suggested via the link above.



Once accustomed to the key bindings, can even move on to the many browsers with vi-like key bindings smiley
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: October 15, 2014, 06:09:39 AM
Started using "View as text" -- handy for viewing certain files right in the browser instead of having to save them first and then open them to take a look...



Haven't figured out if it's possible to type something into the address field and have this add-on do its thing after typing "Enter" -- at the moment, have to find a link to right-click on...
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 15, 2014, 06:04:35 AM
That's quite something!



Reminded me of Perpetual Ocean -- may be y'all seen it already smiley
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