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351  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Announcing my new website (superboyac). on: July 16, 2008, 04:16:32 PM
I quite like the layout.
352  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us your (physical) desktop on: July 16, 2008, 10:31:46 AM

Too many wires.
353  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: July 16, 2008, 10:11:00 AM

The view west, it's a field of Broccoli which will be fully of mexican season workers later this summer. Quite an operation.

Out back. It's quiet, except the hours I'm mowing.
354  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Will someone in this section please start creating a massive MMORPG on: July 14, 2008, 06:04:30 PM
ankama games started with an MMO and did ok smiley

Huge undertaking, indeed but would be awesome.

Yes, but I think Ankama also had a $1,000,000 budget to make Dofus with.

Really? Hadn't heard that... thought they were just a bunch of restlass web/flash developers.
355  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Will someone in this section please start creating a massive MMORPG on: July 13, 2008, 04:59:50 PM
ankama games started with an MMO and did ok smiley

Huge undertaking, indeed but would be awesome.
356  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: June 4 Podcast on: July 02, 2008, 06:22:26 AM
Especially now that I actually have an mp3 player that can be auto fed them, meaning I don't have to remember to download smiley
357  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just needed to clear my 666 post count on: July 01, 2008, 04:53:31 PM
It cannot be undone!
358  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: June 4 Podcast on: July 01, 2008, 12:22:08 PM
Saw activity in this thread (and mistook June 4 for 08 not 06) and got excited thinking the podcast was back.  Alas.
359  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Evernote Icon - what the heck is it? Anyone actually like version 3 ? on: July 01, 2008, 10:37:14 AM
Personally, I love the elephant -- and find the it's corner-turned ear, in the manner of a notebook page, rather ingenius.  I actually shelled out for a year to get the Elephant T-shirt--though try as I may I'll never exceed the 40MB/mo limit of the free account. . . guess I'll consider it a donation. (Plus, the removal of ads from the public/published notebooks I have)

I can't tell you how many times I'd installed and tried Evernote 2 but never cared for it, meanwhile I've found that despite my initial reservations my data life pretty much revolves around EN3 now.  Stark contrast with the norm, which seems to be love for EN2 and hate for EN3.  As my cell phone is always on me, I am constantly texting notes/reminders/etc to my Evernote inbox -- being able to do so and then access them next time I'm on my computer, or any other computer with Internet access, is awfully convenient.

I wish there was some portable solution for my palm, but then there'd be issues of storage--which is where EN3 is really brilliant. With everything web based, storage isn't a consideration. Assuming you have a smart phone or other such device. . . Alas, I do not, but Evernote might be what pushes me off the fence on that issue.

I guess I'm of the school of thought that prefers their data sitting in the Internet vapors, I haven't carried a USB storage device in a couple of years now.  I find it's much preferable [for me] to just use a web browser.  I'm not particularly security concerned. As far as the data goes, it feels safer for me on the Internet than in my pocket.

As far as the speed of uploading notes, I really haven't had any problems with that -- and I have a really, really lousy ISP.  Granted my notes are mostly text with just the occasional image intersperced, not graphically heavy or weighted down by PDF's.

I do agree with you that the software itself seems a bit clunky.  The interface of the web version isn't all that intuitive (I hate having to hunt down, drag and drop tags in order to tag notes) and the desktop client has a gigantic, ugly, unhidable toolbar.  There are a number of issues, it definitely feels beta.  I originally stated I didn't care for EN3, but I've in fact been using it every day from that very day.
360  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Evernote Beta now Open on: June 30, 2008, 09:44:12 PM
Heh, this is true--there were a few on the boards complaining about this.  It seems they should at least give you the opportunity to pay shipping.

Shame on you for not being an American.
361  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Simply Google on: June 30, 2008, 09:42:29 PM
Granted, this is a lot easier to point someone to than explaining how to use Google. A page like this would make more people intelligent searchers, and at the very least that saves them time.

I've always felt that if you couldn't figure out how to use the tools at your disposal, you didn't deserve to find what you were looking for.  If not for over-simplification for those not inclined to figure things out for themselves, the Internet would be a much bigger place.  It'd be more like DonationCoder and less like teh kidz chattin it up wit a/s/l and lolzors.

I for one, want the Internet to become harder to use!
362  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DC Forum Members -- Tell Us About Your Website on: June 30, 2008, 09:37:05 PM
I maintain a few... is my primary personal repository, with links to my (generally useless, if not pseudo-luddite) web toys including a wiki, some harder-to-use image generators and my pseudo-1995 chat script. is my most useful, it's a web based PCRE search and replace solution really hasn't been used in several years, but was my hand-rolled poetry hosting solution for myself and a few friends who had a falling out with's pensiveness over free speech. Really should be my personal website, as it's an acronym/composite of my name but instead stands as the placeholder for my not-updated web development portfolio and services offered. I'm rather embarassed by it, not so much because of the design (I'm no designer, I like to stick with the backend development) but the general spiel there is... lousy. Ack.
363  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Evernote Beta now Open on: June 30, 2008, 08:49:06 PM
Evernote version 3 is now in Open beta, no invites are necessary to sign up.  Space is unlimited, bandwidth is is 40 megs for free users and 500 for "premium" users -- dropping 45 bucks for a year of premium will net you a free Evernote T-shirt. (A really nice looking shirt, in my opinion)

The web version has been completely redesigned and their web clipper has also been improved.  Not much new to offer for the Evernote 2.0  users who are disappointed in what might be considered a number of regressions moving forward to 3.0, but its current state is much improved from when I first started using the beta.  Also much to my delight, the updates are coming far more frequently.

There are still a great number of issues I'd like to see addressed--mostly having to do with non-overlapping features between the web and client versions and how it's much easier to do some things from one and other things via the other, which I've mentioned at length a number of times on their forums. Of course, so long as they leave the "Beta" suffix on the version, I am not too upset with the state of it.
364  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Opera 9.5 on: June 12, 2008, 10:41:14 PM
Dont confuse security with lack of use.

Cheap jab. Don't confuse lack of hype with lack of substance.  In the future, if something isn't canidae or at least prone to humping canine, I'll remember to refrain from announcing it.
365  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Opera 9.5 on: June 12, 2008, 08:19:35 AM
Opera has released version 9.5 of their web browser for windows, linux and mac in 29 languages. Lots of great changes, including the fastest browser getting even faster, tighter security, a web developer tool suite "DragonFly", improved address bar, improved tab handling, and a slew of other features, tweaks and fixes.

. . . of course, since most of the Opera users here have been using the betas for some time the download won't change much!
366  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 9.5 — New Skin on: June 10, 2008, 12:25:23 PM
Allen: yes breeze simplified micro will get some TLC when Kestrel goes gold. I'll also make a version of the standard skin that is much more screen-space efficient. Lots of small changes have been made to Opera's skinning engine for the better in kestrel too...

Excellent news!
367 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Minimal web pages which fit into FARR HTML View on: June 10, 2008, 09:58:00 AM
Neither plurk nor twitter's mobile versions will work as Internet explorer doesn't know how to use the mime type "application/xhtml xml " ?!?!. Ungh.

Anyway, Evernote is great, also using RTM (previously mentioned).
Evernote | htmlviewurl

I've made the necessary alias setup for but it's not working atm, chacha appears to be having a problem with its mobile bit.
ChaCha | htmlviewurl$$1

Mobile versions of plurk and twitter are below, in case anyone can figure out how to make IE not choke. I . . . don't know my way around IE very well.
Plurk | htmlviewurl
Twitter | htmlviewurl

--and just for kicks chat |
368  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 9.5 — New Skin on: June 06, 2008, 03:39:17 PM
. . . and it has already been Updated
369  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: $10 cell phone? on: June 06, 2008, 08:30:50 AM
That actually looks like my kind of phone! None of that extra carp with text messages and cameras and videos and game.

Voice communication is my least favorite part of the cell phone! I was tempted to get the cheap text-only plan for my phone tongue

Although I think I would miss the built in address book. That's a useful feature that kind of requires a screen.

Someone could make a buck off of an address book service--where you call in and store numbers, stating the name to associate with it. Call and say who you want to talk to and connect. smiley
370  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 9.5 — New Skin on: June 06, 2008, 08:25:53 AM
I like it a lot better than the old default--I especially like the panel bar, it's sleek.  I don't use the main toolbar or the tab bar but enabled them briefly to take a look. I think my biggest complaints would be 1) As mentioned, the tab bar doesn't scale 2) The tab bar is the coolest looking aspect of it . . . and I don't use it. D'oh!

I'm not sure if this will ultimately replace Breeze Simplified Micro for me though--at least as long as Breeze is available. (Do plan to keep updating it, nontroppo?)
371  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recaptcha Porn? on: June 04, 2008, 04:48:36 PM
If only the captcha was a caption!

Well, seems like this one wanted to prove that I'm a man.

372  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Opera and fancy AJAX sites: not much luck on my side of things... on: June 03, 2008, 11:52:16 PM
Speed, configurability ( you can make Opera "your own" moreso than firefox, despite addons) and (to me) most importantly keyboard configuration. Plus, Opera is the ONLY browser that supports MDI. I hate tabs.

Opera is the only browser I can configure to the point where I'm genuinely comfortable and "at home".
373  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Google Shell on: June 03, 2008, 06:53:35 PM
I don't know that there is any practical use for this, per se . . . but effectively combines two of my favorite things--google and the shell--to create a pretty cool little interface.


Visit Goosh The Unofficial Google Shell
374  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Opera Stumbler on: June 03, 2008, 06:37:51 PM
The Opera/AJAX thread reminded me of something I've been greatly enjoying for the last few weeks and have failed to mention here.

While StumbleUpon's website works flawlessly with Opera, the devs at StumbleUpon have insisted it wasn't possible to bring StumbleUpon to the Opera community citing Opera technical shortcomings.   I've disagreed, and limped along using a number of custom buttons I'd made that allowed me to do most of the core functions--rating, commenting, et cetera.  More ambitiously, Kyle Anderson developed a custom menu/toolbar for Opera that effectively brings all of Stumbles features over to Opera seamlessly.  Even better, in its menu form I find it far more keyboard friendly than the official StumbleUpon toolbar.


Opera Stumbler
375  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Opera and fancy AJAX sites: not much luck on my side of things... on: June 03, 2008, 06:28:22 PM
Is Opera cursed to be ignored, no matter how technically brilliant it may be?

I've been asking that same question for a decade . . .

I can't tell you how many times I've been told by support that they don't feel Opera users are a large enough demographic to invest their time in supporting Opera, always ending it with "Get firefox it's free" -- I find it downright insulting, some times.  What I'm curious about is just how inaccurate their usage statistics are, as a great number of Opera users have to mask as non-opera users in order to get passed browser sniffers or, in worse cases, actually use another browser -- not because they want to but because they have to.

As Lashiec said, though, it's not as bad as it used to be. And the sniffers that just automatically reject Opera users are becoming quite rare.

Remember the Milk is a shining example of a website that's built wholly on Ajax, and supports all browsers flawlessly. The exception being google gears, but that's no fault of their own (and, honestly, I've really never quite "got" the google gears appeal anyway).

Evernote 3 beta is almost unusable in Opera, plurk has quite a few issues.  Last time I used Basecamp's apps, their problems weren't too bad and I expect with Opera 9.5 they're gone.  Gmail has been hit or miss with Opera, but is working pretty well now though it seems to constantly lose keyboard focus, forcing me to resort to my mouse in order to be able to use my keyboard shortcuts again. (Vexing!)
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