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1  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: WhenLast (Android app) on: January 24, 2015, 09:47:46 PM
So, no notion of a DUE date, just always telling you how long it's been, and the ability to ask for a reminder after a certain amount of time.

I like this idea.

What he said.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: issues with uefi, more than 6 drives, ahci, windows 8. on: January 20, 2015, 02:17:45 AM
UEFI is a replacement for the system BIOS, not a drive partition manager. You only need UEFI if your system drive is >2TB because a BIOS cannot boot from a GPT partition table.

Sorry for making confusing remarks regarding UEFI / GPT.  I had them fused inappropriately smiley
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: issues with uefi, more than 6 drives, ahci, windows 8. on: January 20, 2015, 02:10:40 AM
I think someone here explained that with uefi or something, there is boot information that is stored and distributed on all the connected drives, so if one is disconnected it won't boot anymore because info is missing.

I don't know about the info being stored in a distributed manner -- may be that happens -- in the local case I believe what I wasn't terribly happy about was that some critical info is stored in the PC's nvram that is required for appropriately using the disk (specifically regarding booting).  Having to manage that was something I didn't feel like doing -- at least not at that time smiley
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: issues with uefi, more than 6 drives, ahci, windows 8. on: January 19, 2015, 12:49:14 AM
What you said at least about large drives is one of the "draws" of UEFI, IIRC -- perhaps number of drives too, not sure. I happen to not have drives that exceed 1 TB, nor simultaneously connect that many so have "escaped"...What I was lured by was the support for a large number of the same type of "first-class" partition -- i.e. MBR only supported up to 4 primary partitions and with UEFI you get many more of the "standard" partition.

It turned out though that there is an additional headache taking a drive from one machine to another if using UEFI -- I found the drive wasn't enough (at least for what I tried), it was also necessary to modify something that is stored in the PC.  With MBR / legacy setups, I could take a drive from one machine and use it on another without any other "state" that needed to be transferred -- with some caveats regarding hardware.  This additional complication was enough of a turn-off for me that I now look for motherboards that support MBR / legacy mode.  I don't know how much longer this approach will be viable though...
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Commands / software to verify partition backups / clones? on: January 18, 2015, 10:33:52 PM
Thanks smiley
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX - Problem with Steam shellscript may delete user files on: January 18, 2015, 06:30:39 PM
Woa.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: issues with uefi, more than 6 drives, ahci, windows 8. on: January 18, 2015, 06:30:07 PM
Not helpful for your situation, but I have not had good luck with UEFI (too many glitches and at least one additional administrative burden that seems to arise from its use) and these days I avoid it.  IIUC, the quality of UEFI implementations varies considerably.  At least the glitches might get ironed out eventually...may be?
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Commands / software to verify partition backups / clones? on: January 17, 2015, 05:09:36 PM
Thanks for the replies.

My recent tool of choice has been Clonezilla for some time but that ties up a machine (and the process of setting up the backup is not a process I enjoy physically as well as ncursesly) so I'm experimenting with a dock that doesn't require a PC.

The dock is a dual drive dock -- one nice feature is that it's clear which slot is the source and which is the target.  There is a progress indicator so one can get a rough sense of how much to wait.

After looking around some more I see that there are docks that can perform verification of some sort, but have not found one in a price range that seems acceptable -- plus I just got one...

May be it'll be worth writing a small verification script...attaching the dock to a PC after finishing the clone and running a comparison in the background seems better than doing the backup via a dock / PC combination but perhaps that's not actually a very useful illusion smiley
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / *NIX: Commands / software to verify partition backups / clones? on: January 16, 2015, 10:47:45 PM
Am trying out a cloning dock -- one of those things that let's one clone a drive to another without the use of a PC.

Would like to verify the results though -- perhaps not every time.

I'm currently doing something like:

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md5sum /dev/sda1
...
md5sum /dev/sdaN

for N partitions and comparing with analogous results from the other drive.

I'm not that concerned about MBR / GPT metadata at the moment.  (Thought of just doing the whole drive (e.g. /dev/sda) but then realized that drive sizes differ some times smiley)

Also tried the cksum command as perhaps that's good enough to detect errors.  I/O is probably so much more of a bottleneck that may be there won't be a detectable difference...

Any favorites or recommendations for this sort of procedure?



Some numbers and additional details:

Cloning a c. 320 GB drive has taken around 80 min (have done this a couple of times now).

Verifying (i.e. using the md5sum program above on 4 partitions) I didn't track very closely, but it may have exceeded an hour total.

Three of the partitions contained ext4 filesystems and the fourth was swap -- yes, working with the swap partition was probably pointless smiley
10  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release - Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination) on: January 13, 2015, 05:40:20 PM
    + Added support for environment variables.  (Thanks, lujomu)

Hurray!
11  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Convert sequence of images to video (with ffmpeg?) on: January 12, 2015, 10:35:19 PM
May be a plugin to SC wouldn't be too hard either smiley
12  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: PasteQuick - yet another pastebin app on: January 09, 2015, 12:47:45 AM
How do you build from source?

Do you use lazbuild?

Yes, the one thing about Lazarus source is that you need to have a working copy of Lazarus to build with.  I think the devs were working on making it so you only have to download FreePascal, the LCL and Lazbuild, but I don't know how far that got.
As far as building with Lazarus, just open pastequick.lpi with Lazarus, it will ask if you want to load the project (say yes) and hit the compile button.
Or lazbuild pastequick.lpi works too.

Thanks for the response.

Well, since I'm testing out packaging it, using the IDE to compile is not really practical smiley

My initial attempts at using lazbuild didn't end in success, but hope to go for another round before long.



FWIW, compiling from Lazarus worked fine.  Saw my first paste smiley  Nice work!
13  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: PasteQuick - yet another pastebin app on: January 08, 2015, 06:32:16 AM
How do you build from source?

Do you use lazbuild?
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: In-place upgrade of Mint 17.0 Qiana to Mint 17.1 Rebecca on: January 08, 2015, 03:57:03 AM
Sounds nice for sure smiley  Hoping the success continues.
15  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release - Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination) on: January 06, 2015, 11:25:50 PM
I also have a minor suggestions if thats ok:
Would it be possible to obey environment variables? So that we could use something like '%UserProfile%\Documents\VeryImportantDocument.pdf' regardless of the current user name? Or so portable apps could be launched regardless of the current drive letter?

I think this should be doable.  Let me do some testing and see what I can manage.

Sounds like it would be a nice enhancement.  Good luck!
16  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: You have ruined Javascript... Rob Ashton on AngularJS on: December 28, 2014, 11:33:09 PM
I'm currently using AngularJS in a project and I don't find the terminology particularly nice, but there is some very nice functionality (e.g. two-way data binding and user-definable HTML elements and/or attributes).  There are some helpful introductory resources available now -- don't know what it was like when this article was written.

Perhaps there will come a day when reading/writing JavaScript won't be a weird experience...definitely an odd beast.

I continue to find naming to be difficult.  An art perhaps?
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: December 26, 2014, 08:09:31 AM
Nice follow up!
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 23, 2014, 07:28:09 AM

Mmm, very nice!  Thanks for sharing smiley
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 21, 2014, 06:27:03 PM
Email addresses and email being used as the SOLE link for authentication -- no good.  An appropriate (devil is in the details) alternative would be welcome -- one that does not require the use of email for starters.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Looking for Kubuntu Plasma 5.1 that works with VMWare Player on: December 20, 2014, 05:37:27 PM
Good to hear something worked out smiley
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Looking for Kubuntu Plasma 5.1 that works with VMWare Player on: December 20, 2014, 08:29:33 AM
Don't know how relevant, but FWIW:

  https://forums.virtualbox...org/viewtopic.php?t=64313
22  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: Drawskrit on: December 19, 2014, 07:20:19 PM
Love the live update!



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small red circle
small blue circle small green circle
tiny purple triangle big yellow smile tiny purple triangle


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fat orange huge empty dashed circle
23  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Handmade Hero - Game made from scratch with each line of code explained on: December 18, 2014, 05:45:28 PM
Perhaps also of interest:

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Although it’s unclear exactly what kind of game Handmade Hero will end up being, Casey says that the project will take at least into 2016 to complete. Before the release, however, people can pre-order the game for $15 and receive access to the full source code. Also, two years after the game’s release, the source code will be released into the public domain.

Thanks for sharing this.
24  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Rx (Reactive Extensions): A Flavor of Functional Reactive Programming on: December 17, 2014, 12:45:20 AM
Have been working to wrap head around Rx.  The going has been slow, but recently came across some resources that have been...better than what I had found before:

  • RxJSKoans - once the set-up was complete, this was helpful especially because of the small chunks and interactive experience...didn't know anything about QUnit though and it had been quite a while since interacting with NodeJS, so had to learn / brush up on some of that...some of the code seems a bit buggy which tends to work against the learning experience, but that's a relatively minor point.  The links below the 'Reactive Extensions Class Library' section of the RxJS repository page were helpful -- the fact that the example code seems to often enough reference other library functions does not tend to facilitate newbies looking to shave less yaks, but way better than nothing.
  • Netflix JavaScript Talks - Async JavaScript with Reactive Extensions - nice (and humorous) talk by Jafar Husain (cf. LearnRx Tutorial below) -- via comment on reddit by an RxJS author -- btw, there's a glitch / subliminal advertising(?) at 13:55 or so Wink
  • LearnRX Tutorial - 'a series of interactive exercises for learning Microsoft's Reactive Extensions (Rx) Library for Javascript' - interactive with relatively small chunk-size like RxJS Koans...not quite finished with this and haven't reached the "Reactive" part yet...watching the talk first may help
  • The introduction to Reactive Programming you've been missing - taking a look at this after having gone through some of the RxJS koans was helpful.
  • 'Additional Reading' section of RxJava repository - a collection of resources, many of which somehow I hadn't managed to find in the months since I first started investigating.
  • RxMarbles - Interactive diagrams of Rx Observables - interesting (try dragging and dropping some marbles) but slightly buggy?

Anyone else experienced with / looking into such things and have helpful resources to share?
25  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: OS News on The Devaluing Effect of the Application Store Model on: December 17, 2014, 12:26:14 AM
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I'm pretty sure the exact same trends apply to the Play Store - just with far lower revenue numbers.

It would be interesting to see reliable data for the Play Store case.

Thanks for sharing.
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