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201  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Choosing a CMS on: January 29, 2011, 10:12:13 AM
WordPress is really the best in most cases, become a big fan myself. However it has a bit to go to justify the CMS tag that's been hyped for it.
I wouldn't call it a true CMS until those custom fields become 'true' content blocks that are insertable within the content. In CMS content really needs to be divided into areas or blocks.

They are insertable in the content, see get_post_meta -- and that's without delving into functions.php.  You can further expand it to add fields to custom post types, really going into "real cms" territory.  The developer-side to make that happen isn't as easy as it could be (I'm sure that'll be addressed...) yet, but the functionality is there without modifying the core or bringing in plugins.
202  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Which social share sites should be featured in the "Share" button? on: January 29, 2011, 10:04:15 AM
[copy or print]
a2a_config.prioritize = ["evernote", "instapaper", "twitter", "facebook", "amazon_wish_list", "posterous", "stumbleupon"];
203  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Choosing a CMS on: January 29, 2011, 09:52:28 AM
I really dislike Joomla.  I've found the setup process to be quite convoluted and more complex/tedius than it needs to be (This is working from the ground up, not tweaking pre-existing templates). The code it generates if awful, littered with nested tables. The backend is a mess with a higher learning curve than [I feel] its featureset really warrants.

I've become a big fan of WordPress over the last couple years, it's evolved into a respectable CMS.  It cannot handle the complex work flow of the beast that is Drupal, but is a very elegant solution in most cases. On the surface it's relatively simple to implement and extremely easy to learn and use -- and since you've used it for blogging, you already know how. If you dig in a little deeper (Custom Menus, custom fields, custom post times, taxonomy...) can be quite flexible/extensible.  Short of projects that literally required ground-up custom infrastructure, I've yet to run into a situation where Wordpress came up short. Take into account the massive library of plugins and themes available for it you've got a lot available within close reach. I can think of no reason not to use it. (Which is ultimately why I went from not using it to using it myself).
204  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: subline text: some innovative text editor! on: January 28, 2011, 07:11:15 PM
A pity it is so pricey..

Eh, the price is a pittance if you literally spend all day every day in it . . .

Another big change for Sublime Text 2 is cross-platform compatibility.
205  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: RIFT - MMORPG Beta Invite on: January 26, 2011, 06:57:12 AM
Thanks Deozaan, might check it out. Maybe. I've been sucked into Eve again, though, so. . . smiley
206  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts? on: January 22, 2011, 08:21:31 AM

but how are you going to login to a website when you're offline anyway?

Security isn't for websites-only. In my password manager I have stored credit card information, passwords for zip files, fsekret passwords . . .
207  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts? on: January 21, 2011, 04:44:16 PM
I'm totally sold on the convenience of being able to access my passwords from absolutely anywhere (though I also have means of accessing them locally in the event of a loss of Internet). As far as my data goes, I am sufficiently confident in my password + encryption key (two separate, required items) that I'd be comfortable putting my data on a public ftp site, let alone a secure server. On top of that, when not on my own machine a Yubikey is required to access my account -- but honestly, that's just overkill.
208  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts? on: January 21, 2011, 04:28:39 PM
I am not the least bit comfortable with any password utility that I don't have complete control over.

Curious, what do you use that you have complete control over it?
209  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts? on: January 21, 2011, 01:53:14 PM
LastPass is an excellent password manager with very good form filling capabilities.  The GUI is awful, as you've observed, but for the most part with LastPass you don't need to interact with the gui -- it eats passwords and spits them out. It also has applications for most mobile/smartphone platforms.

I use Passpack, myself. It is basically the opposite of LastPass in that its form filling is inferior as it's strictly bookmarklet/web based with no native browser helpers. I can't automatically pull your username/password as entered.  On the upside, a great deal of attention has been paid to its interface and its workgroup/sharing capabilities are unrivaled.  The other up-side to Passpack is that there's an AIR-based app for it that can be used offline. Because it's a standalone air app, you canot use it to film forms automatically but it does give you access to your accounts offline.

In both cases, you have a secure web-based solution that is extremely portable in that you need only the Internet to use them -- no software, no thumb drives. Lastpass is probably a better fit for a roboform refugee, though, as you're no doubt quite accustomed to a browser extension automatically remembering your accounts and filling your forms.

210  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Editor able to handle very large files on: January 17, 2011, 12:07:46 PM
Give Boxer text editor a try, of the text editors I use or have used it seems to be the most nimble with large files.

You might also try Editpad Lite -- it's big brother, Editpad Pro, has always been more efficient than Notepad++ or e, Lite might be a viable solution and it's free.
211  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dropquest on: January 17, 2011, 08:03:16 AM
Yeah, got to have mad respect for the first few to complete this thing. There are at least a couple of the puzzles I would never have solved doing this thing honest.
212  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Dropquest on: January 15, 2011, 03:46:28 PM
Anybody who uses dropbox can earn an extra free gigabyte of space by completing this scavenger hunt:
213 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Exclusions on: January 14, 2011, 04:44:35 PM
If you did, I'd use it!
214 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Exclusions on: January 14, 2011, 04:36:41 PM
The exclusions functionality in the settings appears to be filename only, is this the case? I'd stopped using CHS because it logged passwords copied from my password manager. I see that in the options, it tells me all sorts of info about the last active window -- is it possible to use this information (namely %windowtitle% in this case) for exclusion?
215  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Ethervane Radio on: January 14, 2011, 03:39:22 PM
Looks like you have 2/3 of the Blue Mars stations. The third is self-titled

Blue Mars
216  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Ethervane Radio on: January 14, 2011, 12:59:29 PM
This is outstanding.

Where is the default db drawn from?
217  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What the heck has happened to Google search? on: July 18, 2010, 02:19:15 AM
had acquired habits to "correct" for bad results. In a way almost everyone has acquired forms of Google auto-correction...

You say that as if it's a bad thing . . .

I mean, no tool is or ever has been perfect -- I doubt any tool ever will.  In ever walk of life, expertise is judged not by the tools used but by the results one can achieve with them.

While google isn't my primary search engine these days, it's still where I go when I've got a difficult search at hand. I quite firmly believe that, if nothing else, they have the best spidering and content database on the web. I seriously doubt there's anything that can be found elsewhere that can't be found with Google.

To the original question, I guess I cannot confirm/agree. . . it still serves me well enough. Admittedly when I query google it's generally a fairly lengthy query and one oozing with "familiarity" and "correcting habits".
218  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Some initial reflections on using an ebook reader on: July 16, 2010, 09:05:25 PM
The Nook already can play games.

And you can loan eBooks to friends. And if you go into a B&N you can read ANY book on your Nook (when you leave the store the book(s) will disappear).

Sounds like the Nook is a clear winner. Except for those pesky games. Wink

I wouldn't go so far as to call it a clear winner -- there's a one hour per visit limit on reading a nook book in B&N. If you want to go to B&N for free reading, skip the Nook and forgo the hour reading limit and just read the paper books.  Friend loaning is also limited, as I understand it, in that you can only loan out a book once for 14 days.  Not once at a time, but once period. Granted, that's 14 days more lending time than you get with the Kindle, but... hardly compelling.

Whether or not there is a clear winner between the Nook, Kindle or any other reader is another thread altogether, though.  Sony, Nook, Kindle, I'd take any of them over a paper book. Ereaders are my favorite tech this decade.
219  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Some initial reflections on using an ebook reader on: July 16, 2010, 05:48:36 PM
Admittedly, I use it exclusively for novels, a few philosophy books and a handful of personal documents.

As for annotations failing miserably. . . I guess I don't understand that at all. I have no experience using it as a with reference books, but for my purposes it's far superior to margin scribbles.  I don't have to maintain the books/volumes themselves, the references are all there on my kindle. I can search them. I can view them in a list without having to find where they are in the book.  If I am recalling a part of a book I really liked, I can simply go pull it up on my kindle or on the computer.  Far more convenient than finding the book on a shelf (or in a box or realizing I no longer have it), then fanning through the pages hoping to find what I'm thinking of.

And I guess I haven't had the same experience as you, Mouser--with the kindle books being more ethereal and vanishing from memory. . . Since moving to the kindle, I'm reading far more than I had been. In truth, my reading had really tapered off in recent years.

The kindle has been a, dare I say, magical experience for me. It's like something out of science fiction. A book with a cursor and a dictionary and a database of my notes and it looks and reads like ink on paper.
220  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Some initial reflections on using an ebook reader on: July 15, 2010, 08:25:47 PM
There are 3 reasons why I absolutely adore using an ebook reader and would perhaps sooner stop reading than know I'd have no choice but go back to the old paper books.

Searchable text, annotations (also searchable) and inline dictionary lookup are things I have dreamt of having for as long as I've been reading.
221  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DuckDuckGo - new search engine on: April 21, 2010, 07:42:09 PM
Since this post hit, I've been using duckduckgo as my primary search, on a trial basis--and I'm sold on it. I try every search engine that comes along, but this is the first one that's really drawn me away for more than a few hours. I absolutely love it.  I still use google for deeper, more intense(ive) searches but for general queries, it's faster and far more to the point than google. Plus, keyboard support is excellent, !bang makes it easy to get out and the zero click / disambiguation features are brilliant.

It is exactly the opposite of that over-hyped, entirely useless cuil crap that claimed to be a google killer a year or two back.
222  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Boxer editor 14 released - paid upgrade, $29.00 - text wrap at last on: March 03, 2010, 07:23:12 PM
As cyberdiva mentioned,  until now, boxer did not have on screen word wrap. You could wrap and unwrap it but it was adding/removing hard breaks.

The XML formatting/unformatting works great, too . . . but for the most part, Boxer 14 is a lot of nice, subtle enhancements to the real core of the product--text handling.  Too soon to even reasonably mention it, but it'll be interesting to see what, if anything, David can come up with for Boxer 15.  Boxer does it all -- more than enough to make one suspect bloat but it's rock solid/stable and < 7 megs.
223  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Chrome - What Will It Take on: April 20, 2009, 09:29:10 PM
Because mud slinging is the sign of true superiority.
224  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows editors - do they have to be so bad? on: April 19, 2009, 06:57:37 PM
Excuse me, but I am running the five year old version 3.94a and now you're at 3.96r? That change is in the SECOND DECIMAL PLACE of the revision number. That's supposed to be MAJOR?

Your upgrade page says

"This upgrade option is available to any Zeus user running the older 3.9x version who wishes to upgrade to the latest version."

and the cost of that would be $49.95.

But that's a-z then a-r, plus 2 decimal places -- that's at least 36 point changes ;P
225  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Set GMail as default email client - not just in browser on: April 17, 2009, 12:48:21 AM
Using Gtalk Labs Edition also offers this functionality
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