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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hitchbot, a baby-Cody descendant? on: August 03, 2014, 04:18:11 PM
Hmmm...will Baby Cody be wanting some upgrades at some point?
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: July 30, 2014, 06:56:01 AM
For those who like Firefox forks on Linux, there's a native Pale Moon around. smiley

He he.  I haven't gotten in to run under NixOS yet -- hopefully before too long though smiley
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: July 30, 2014, 06:55:09 AM
I don't know what "auto-raise" is.  Would you describe it?

This might be described as having the window one has a pointing-device pointer over coming to the front / top automatically.  I think it's likely to get used where the settings are such that focus-follows-mouse (so no clicking necessary for focus to change).

79  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: July 29, 2014, 10:56:58 PM
I'm trying it out under Wine -- one odd thing is that it seems to auto-raise (though my window manager is configured to not do this).  Does that happen under Windows?
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: July 29, 2014, 06:10:46 PM
Picked up a GOAL ZERO Nomad 7 before I went OS, (I have V1 - previous version of the linked one), for charging the phone while I read ebooks.

Looks nifty!  Please let us know how well it works as you use it more.
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: July 29, 2014, 06:08:49 PM
What is SyncPlaces?

According to alternative.to's page for SyncPlaces:

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a Firefox extension that allows you to synchronise your bookmarks and passwords between different installations of Firefox (e.g. a browser at Home and another at Work). It only works with Firefox v3 and above (but is compatible with older bookmark extensions). The synchronize feature requires your own Web or FTP server, which is used to store the bookmarks centrally, but there are a number of free servers you can safely use (see the Support section for details of at least one of these).

Possibly once abandoned according to SyncPlaces, SortPlaces ... preserving these and other excellent Firefox add-ons...
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: July 29, 2014, 06:03:26 PM
What is Classic Theme Restore?

May be this?

  Classic Theme Restore

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Restore squared tabs, appmenu, add-ons bar, small button view and more for Firefox 29+ (Windows/MacOSX/Linux).
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: July 29, 2014, 06:01:52 PM
What is FEBE?

May be this?

  Firefox Environment Backup Extension

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FEBE allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up -- It will actually rebuild your extensions individually into installable .xpi files.  Now you can easily synchronize your office and home browsers.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: July 29, 2014, 05:50:41 PM
Looks like there is a portable version too (though via an installer [1]):

  https://8pecxstudios.com/cyberfox-portable-edition

Thanks for mentioning it -- hope to try it soon.



[1] May be the following provides installer-less versions:

  http://sourceforge.net/projects/cyberfox/files/Zipped%20Format/
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Seagate starts shipping 8TB hard drives, with 10TB and HAMR on the horizon on: July 28, 2014, 05:52:26 PM
While I don't feel the need for more space on a single drive, what I wouldn't mind having is better redundancy across multiple storage units without a lot of hassle (e.g. configuration, maintenance, compatibility limitations, etc.).

I had hopes for the like of Drobo -- anyone used one of their products lately?
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tried git-annex / git-annex assistant? on: July 24, 2014, 10:54:29 PM
Thanks for trying smiley

May be it will be more generally accessible at some point down the line.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tried git-annex / git-annex assistant? on: July 23, 2014, 08:21:14 PM
Perhaps this is what is being suggested by the error:

1. Line 2 of git-annex-autostart.vbs is failing
2. Line 2 seems to be requesting that the command "git annex assistant --autostart" be executed
3. If the failure is due to a file being failed to be located, may be the process executing the vbs file is not able to locate the executable for "git".

Since the windows support seems to be in beta, may be it's better to wait until it's more polished.
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tried git-annex / git-annex assistant? on: July 21, 2014, 09:27:29 PM
I haven't installed this software yet so have no experience using it -- but the message seems to be saying something about not being able to find some file.

I didn't figure out whether it's the file named:

  "C:\Program Files (x86)\Git\git-annex-autostart.vbs"

that is missing or whether there is something mentioned in that file that might be missing.  Have you looked to see whether that file exists and if so, what the contents are?
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Replicant developers find and close Samsung Galaxy backdoor on: July 19, 2014, 11:08:28 PM
The FSF encourages all current Samsung Galaxy owners to appeal publicly to SamsungMobile for an explanation (they can also be emailed).

I've been wondering whether this bit has been acted upon in some organized / coordinated fashion.

Anyone know?
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Recommendation for offline "QR Code Generating" Firefox Add-on / Extension? on: July 19, 2014, 11:03:11 PM
I'm looking for a Firefox add-on to show a QR code of the currently visible page -- preferably not leaking URL info via the network (so offline QR code generation) and without having to restart.

Some candidates that turned up included:

Offline QR generator
QR Code Image Generator

A reviewer suggested the following might also work offline:

QrCodeR

Anyone have a favorite that seems applicable?
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use on: July 18, 2014, 07:26:24 PM
Have since put together a "relatively minimal VirtualBox host" setup using NixOS.

The installation process goes something like:

  • Boot from live media
  • Log in as root
  • Partition disk
  • Mount the root partition
  • Create a file describing the desired system result (e.g. install VirtualBox, disable IPv6, etc.)
  • Run a command that builds a system based on the description from the previous step
  • Reboot

Except for the specifics of the description, details can be found at:

  http://nixos.org/nixos/manual/#sec-installation

NixOS still has some rough spots for sure, but it seems quite promising.



Attached should be a gzipped tarball of a sample description (the 2 files in the resulting directory should live under /mnt/etc/nixos when installing).  This is for a machine with a single storage device (sda) with 2 partitions, sda1 for root and sda2 for swap.  The setup includes XFCE and VirtualBox.
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Oh god...It's him! on: July 16, 2014, 06:53:32 PM
Good to see / hear from you smiley
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is the logic of bezier curves? (for Illustrator pen tool) on: July 15, 2014, 05:27:39 PM
Does this help at all?

Bezier Curves and Surfaces: An Intuitive Approach
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone understand what Android does with contact photos? on: July 14, 2014, 06:18:36 PM
Don't have an answer to your question, but the following seems to support what you said about 720x720:

  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17834815/how-to-find-the-max-image-size-supported-for-contacts-images
95  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Do you use a good office chair when programming? on: July 13, 2014, 08:14:23 PM
You just have to get an extra wide chair, like the ones made for guys that weigh 300+ lbs.  Wink

That sounds like a good idea -- thanks for suggesting it. 
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 13, 2014, 02:22:10 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmC0ygr08tE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmC0ygr08tE</a>   <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnUBaBdl0Aw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnUBaBdl0Aw</a>

Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time  Science  WIRED

Very much appreciated this one.  Thanks!
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Tried git-annex / git-annex assistant? on: July 12, 2014, 05:28:41 AM
Any one tried the git-annex system?

Quoted below are two use cases:

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use case: The Archivist

Bob has many drives to archive his data, most of them kept offline, in a safe place.

With git-annex, Bob has a single directory tree that includes all his files, even if their content is being stored offline. He can reorganize his files using that tree, committing new versions to git, without worry about accidentally deleting anything.

When Bob needs access to some files, git-annex can tell him which drive(s) they're on, and easily make them available. Indeed, every drive knows what is on every other drive.

Bob thinks long-term, and so he appreciates that git-annex uses a simple repository format. He knows his files will be accessible in the future even if the world has forgotten about git-annex and git.

Run in a cron job, git-annex adds new files to archival drives at night. It also helps Bob keep track of intentional, and unintentional copies of files, and logs information he can use to decide when it's time to duplicate the content of old drives.

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use case: The Nomad

Alice is always on the move, often with her trusty netbook and a small handheld terabyte USB drive, or a smaller USB keydrive. She has a server out there on the net. She stores data, encrypted in the Cloud.

All these things can have different files on them, but Alice no longer has to deal with the tedious process of keeping them manually in sync, or remembering where she put a file. git-annex manages all these data sources as if they were git remotes.

When she has 1 bar on her cell, Alice queues up interesting files on her server for later. At a coffee shop, she has git-annex download them to her USB drive. High in the sky or in a remote cabin, she catches up on podcasts, videos, and games, first letting git-annex copy them from her USB drive to the netbook (this saves battery power).

When she's done, she tells git-annex which to keep and which to remove. They're all removed from her netbook to save space, and Alice knows that next time she syncs up to the net, her changes will be synced back to her server.



Also from the homepage:

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git-annex is designed for git users who love the command line. For everyone else, the git-annex assistant turns git-annex into an easy to use folder synchroniser.
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: July 12, 2014, 03:10:20 AM
After struggling (and failing) to get a mechanical keyboard recognized by an ATEN kvm, came across and got the following replacement:

  Uniclass AH-04

Switching can be done via physical switches on the kvm unit or via the keyboard -- although the unit looks like it can use an AC adapter, it doesn't come with one and it has worked so far without one.

Works like a charm -- quite happy so far smiley
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: NIX: KDE anyone? First thoughts. on: July 09, 2014, 07:03:27 PM
I checked that file out after changing the value but didn't notice any difference, but perhaps the file hadn't updated...or something Wink

Thanks!
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: NIX: KDE anyone? First thoughts. on: July 09, 2014, 05:26:45 AM
Thanks -- any advice on performing "merges" with existing settings?

FWIW, attached is a copy of xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml

I didn't find the setting related to Window Manager Tweaks -> Accessibility -> Key used to grab and move windows -- is that in there too?
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