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201  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".
202  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.
203  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.
204  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.
205  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.
206  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.
207  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.
208  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
209  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
210  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows editors - do they have to be so bad? on: April 14, 2009, 11:03:49 PM
There's an editor I have not heard of before coming up on BDJ in a few days - HippoEDIT (can't say I'm fond of the name, but that doesn't really matter): 


It seems interesting, and the little bit I've put it though it seems worth looking into more (which I don't really have time for at the moment). Does anyone else have any experience with this that they could post?

I've been playing with it a bit, and wow -- it's *really* powerful, really extensible; actively devolped and has an active support forum.  For 15 bucks, it'd be a shame not to add this to my text editor collection.
211  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Braid - Awesome independent run 'n' jump game on: April 13, 2009, 04:06:08 PM
Braid is an absolutely stunning game -- the visuals are lovely and the music is brilliantly done.  I love how it was chosen for its ability to be played, memorably, both backwards and forwards.

All in all, I found it to be a truly memorable experience.
212  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Magmahost.com | cPanel 11 w/ 99.9% Uptime [24/7 Support] | Only $1.00 on: April 04, 2009, 01:50:14 PM
Nice to see you returning to the thread MH -- I'd posted the note about the links not to be critical but to be helpful. And the comment about reselling was in jest . . .

That said, it looks like rereplace.com has migrated over successfully, going to give your services a test drive.  Your resources per dollar ratio dwarfs asmallorange hosting--the last non-oversell host I tried.

When you say free site transfer, what all does that entail?  I have a bunch of domains scattered across 2 different hosts (including dreamhost, which doesn't offer the convenient transferability that cPanel offers) I might be in the market to consolidate all that if it wasn't such a hassle.

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I paid 15 bucks for 2 years of hosting with UNLIMITED disk and bandwidth with dreamhost.

Damn, when did they run that promo?
213  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Magmahost.com | cPanel 11 w/ 99.9% Uptime [24/7 Support] | Only $1.00 on: April 04, 2009, 08:59:06 AM
Your links don't work (looks like you forgot the : in http//).

Your rates are pretty astounding -- makes it about the least appealing reseller package out there eh?
214  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite Firefox Theme(s) on: April 01, 2009, 07:37:22 AM
I always liked breeze, based on our own NonTropo's theme for Opera -- don't know if it's still maintained, though. Ought to fire up the Firefox more often.
215  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Internet Explorer 8.1 released on: April 01, 2009, 07:35:56 AM
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Eagle Eyes’s most exciting (and highly anticipated by developers) feature is its wide support of Mozilla-based add-ons. Though IE 8.1 duly notes that not all plugins will work perfectly, we have tested four popular Firefox plugins (Firebug, Web Developer, Tab Mix Plus, and No-Script) and they worked flawlessly (some of the developers even claim that – in terms of performance – they work much better under IE 8.1 versus Firefox 3).

If the JavaScript "performance" graph reflects seconds to render the benchmark, then at least that looks believable.
216  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who else is sick of difficult word verifications on the web? on: March 22, 2009, 12:22:53 PM
That audio one makes no sense whatsoever. And while we're on the subject again, Megaupload has gotten pretty difficult recently cheesy

Generally, I don't mind re:captcha's --I can usually figure them out without much trouble and they are some times amusing.  But that megaupload one... brutal. I'd close the browser window.  That audio one -- wtf is that?
217  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 12-09 on: March 22, 2009, 12:18:06 PM
That is a bit disconcerting.  I'd lump it in with taking performance enhancing drugs, 'morally'.

I've never considered bug reports to be donating anything to the company -- if it gets fixed, then I benefit.  And the rest of the end users do, too.  Of course, I've never been sitting on a bug I could call a real gold winner.  I might sit on that, too Wink
218  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Safari 4 on: March 22, 2009, 12:04:43 PM
Software geeks.  Always trying something -- either to find something you like better or (more likely) to affirm your convictions that you already use the best out there Wink
219  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Safari 4 on: March 22, 2009, 11:23:26 AM
I tend to bounce back and forth between Opera and Chrome alpha builds -- with stability being the governing factor. Chrome's developer tools have been hosed for weeks now, might be time to revert to a less bleeding edge version.
220  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 12-09 on: March 22, 2009, 11:18:15 AM
I was just about to post a thread on #6, glad I ran a search for pwn2own -- saved me from redundancy.

I was surprised Chrome survived while Safari did not -- I was honestly starting to wonder if there was that much difference under the hood between the two.  Guess so?

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A recent contest at CanSecWest, an event that brings together some of the most skilled experts in the security community, has demonstrated that the three most popular browser are susceptible to security bugs despite the vigilance and engineering prowess of their creators. Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer were all exploited during the Pwn2Own competition that took place at the conference. Google’s Chrome browser, however, was the only one left standing—a victory that security researchers attribute to its innovative sandbox feature.
Source: ars technica
221  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Safari 4 on: March 22, 2009, 11:10:56 AM
Safari 4 (beta) is now available bringing quite a few changes -- and it's supposedly the fastest thing out there (though Opera was left out of the comparison).  For windows users, it boasts a more native look (Personally, I hate the brushed metal look) and, like Chrome, has moved the tabs up to the title bar. (I'm not sure if Safari previously had the private browsing mode, but it does now--another Chrome inspiration?)  The font anti-aliasing is optional, you can now use native window font display and, apparently, there's a whole lot more.  http://www.apple.com/safari/whats-new.html
222  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best password manager? on: March 22, 2009, 10:53:16 AM
Down time is a real issue -- but you shouldn' thave to worry about data being misused as it's encrypted/decrypted on your machine. The data sent to/stored on the server is gibberish.
223  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best password manager? on: March 22, 2009, 09:35:10 AM
I haven't tried KeePass, so I can't make any comparisons.  Personally I use/love Passpack.  It's a web based/online password manager (encryption is all handled locally via JavaScript, though). There are also google gears and adobe air apps for offline/desktop access.

I've been reading some good things about LastPass lately, might be worth a look. Its form filler works well, but I really didn't care for the web interface at all.
224  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your mouse of choice? on: February 26, 2009, 02:19:08 PM
I love my Microsoft Arc mouse -- feels full size, folds down to portable size for transportation and I've only just yesterday replaced the "AAA" batteries that came with it, almost 2 months life at heavy use.
225  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Excellent Javascript Reference on: January 13, 2009, 10:25:52 PM
allen, did you end up going through the whole thing and do you have anything more to add regarding it?

What I did read, I enjoyed -- he's obviously quite passionate about the subject and seems to cover things pretty well. I haven't actually gone through the whole thing though--have mostly been reading Pro JavaScript Techniques (physical book) by John Resig. No opinion on that yet.
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