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351  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
352  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?)
353  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.

354  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".
355  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
356  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
357  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!)
358  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Troupware, another unknown gem on: May 30, 2008, 10:20:34 PM
The Beatle handles . . . slowly, very, very slowly.  I'll just chock it up to beta and return to VU Player/Billy.
359  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: satellite radio on: May 29, 2008, 10:21:01 PM
I've been a Sirius subscriber for several years and am happy with it, but I think you'd have to go XM as they have the exclusive on MLB.  Sports and the occasional talk host are really the only things that differ between the two in terms of content, the music selections are pretty comparable.  (Sirius has Howard Stern, Maxim, NASCAR, NFL, NBA; XM as MLB and I don't know what else (don't use them)).

I believe Sirius is in the process of acquiring XM, having just within the last month or two received FTC approval to do so.  What that will mean for exclusive content or anything else, I haven't a clue.

As far as players go . . . I know that Sirius offers a couple of really cool options for portability--including a "Stiletto" portable mp3-esque player as well as a number of small "dockable" players. So you can get a "boombox" to dock it in for on foot, a car docking station for on the road, a home docking station for your home stereo, et cetera.  I'm sure XM provides similar.   I just have a really old car model with no bells and whistles for my pickup.  I listen to the stations in my house via Internet stream. (Another cool feature I'd expect/hope XM supported).  The bottom line is that you get all the same content regardless of your listening method.  If I were you, I'd go to Amazon.com or similar and browse product reviews to find something in your price range with the features you want/need.

edit: I was wrong, the FTC still hasn't signed off on it -- it was the Justice Department that recently gave the go ahead.  There is an interesting story on it here.
360  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 7 Years Heidi on: May 28, 2008, 09:06:48 AM
Thanks much to those of you who have already stopped by and left her comments, she was thrilled.  Maybe you'll manage to lure her in here some time, not like she doesn't get her hands on the occasional piece of software being an IT Manager :)
361  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Troupware, another unknown gem on: May 28, 2008, 09:00:05 AM
Beatle... the name alone makes it worth a look-see in my opinion  Thmbsup

It piqued my interest as well.

Me, also! -- and the screenshots look very promising. Clean, to the point, note covered in candy-esque graphics.  Installing now.
362  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: quitting PC version of Assassin's Creed on: May 28, 2008, 07:42:55 AM
I really enjoyed it on the 360 . . . getting out is a lot easier, there. Generally because getting out doesn't rely on the game letting me go (as aforementioned, alt+f4 PC users!).

That's got to be the most ridiculous, convoluted exist routine ever . . . obviously quitting was (and just barely, at that) an afterthought.
363  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 7 Years Heidi on: May 27, 2008, 02:47:18 PM
Recently my wife entered Adrian J. Cartwood’s 7 Million in 7 Years contest in hopes of being taken under his wing to be guided to independent wealth by means of good old fashioned pragmatism and financial sense.

Being selected for the contest requires (beyond willingness and enthusiasm) generating a bit of attention for herself. Beyond that, I'm not sure what all it entails--this is her baby. I've resolved for my role to be one of support and obedience.  Living up to that, I'm asking for my generous friends here at donationcoder to donate just a minute of your time to check out her entry and, if you would, leave some words of encouragement.

Her "introduction" is located here -- which is presumably the more important link as it's under Mr. Cartwood's umbrella.

Additionally, you can find her personal blog here.  We've only begun working on it, so please don't mind the cobwebs, clutter and other potential hazards of a construction zone.  One thing I can say for Heidi, my bride, is that when she goes for something she goes for it with an uninterruptable fervor--and she's always keen to help others.  I expect before too long, her blog could be both interesting and informative.  Your attention, words of support and encouragement getting through the badlands of new beginnings would be most appreciated.
364  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The last time your AntiVirus saved you! on: May 27, 2008, 01:51:38 PM
The only viruses that I have had intercepted on my system . . . were found by full system scan sitting in a backup of a spam or trash folder in my e-mail client.  Which is to say, I've never had a virus intercepted that would have otherwise been unleashed onto my system.
365  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Online Game: Kingdom of Loathing on: May 17, 2008, 03:11:58 PM
Fortunately, ascension has slowed down (a tiny bit) with the advent of NS13 -- the Hardcore awards (and especially oxycore/badmoon) are really enticing, and no one is doing a 1 day oxycore or badmoon run cheesy

But yeah. There are some crazy power ascenders . . . but at that point, it really looks more tedius than fun (to me).

If I'm going to be using a computer analytically, I'd rather be coding -- my games are for pure stupid time.
366  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dilemma - Free AVG8 - Buggy; Updates for Free AVG 7.5 ending May 08 on: May 17, 2008, 11:59:35 AM
I've been using Avira for several years now . . . my only complaint is the nag screen that popus up with each update (Always, and I'm almost positive this isn't coincidental) while I'm doing something on my computer -- never when I'm afk.  I can't really fault them for it, after all it is a *free* product -- and it's effective, it's so annoying I have many times considered paying for it just to turn it off (and give myself the ability to change the schedule of updates) -- but usually at those times, I'm so annoyed by the popup that I refuse to reward them for it.  Stuck in an infinite loop, here.

In the past I had a lot of problems connecting to their update server . . . it doesn't seem to be a problem with the virus updates, anymore, though I seem to be having difficulty getting the product update to work (updating the client software itself).  Paying users connect (as they should) to a premium server.

Also: The pay version will allow you to create a bootable rescue CD.
367  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Online Game: Kingdom of Loathing on: May 17, 2008, 09:38:14 AM
I have completed it 1.5 times and thought it was a bit too grindy for my tastes, but I highly recommend that anyone plays through it at least once

Interesting, I sort of feel the opposite about it.  It's a different kind of grind, I guess. I burn out on the long, grueling grinds of most rpgs but you only need a dozen levels to "beat" KoL.  While games that you play a single character to max level tend to stagnate once you reach epic proportions, for me the possibility to new game + in KoL really makes it shine.  Always improving your character, without the drudgery of epic level grinding or the halt of having reached the top.

I'm only on my fifth or sixth ascension, after two years . . . but I tend to just play it at a really casual pace, enjoy softcore leisure play.  What's amazing is the people that ascend every week . . . madness!
368  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Online Game: Kingdom of Loathing on: May 16, 2008, 04:07:36 PM

A recent discussion with mouser about the need for more games that focus on hillarity over skill brought it to my attention that there has been very little mention here of one of my all time favorite games -- Kingdom of Loathing.

The Kingdom of Loathing is a web based role playing game.  The gameplay is primarily single player, as your character proceeds to acquire equipment, food, booze, and meat (the game's currency) as means to progress on various quests.  In that regard, it's pretty standard as an RPG.  Where it's truly uncommon is its character -- from the character classes to the areas to the enemies, everything is an extremely absurd parody of something. It's funny, irreverent and generally fun.


There are also some multiplayer aspects to it, as you'd expect from an online game.  The economy is purely player driven, most items in the game able to be bought and sold player to player.  It features a chat where players can communicate in real time, clans for players to team together to help one another out and some simple player versus player mechanics.

Whether you just sit back, relax and play it casually or delve deeper into the economy or making faster, more effecient "ascensions", there's plenty to do.  New items are added constantly and new quests and areas are added every now and then as well.  I've been playing KoL for a little over two years now and am still amused enough by it to continue playing for years to come.  If you do sign up, look up "Terrae", that's me!
369  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's Your Favorite Smilie? on: May 14, 2008, 02:21:06 PM
I'm with gothic . . . ASCII forever.

I prefer anything with a semi-colon. ;}
370  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Super lite PIM? Address book? on: May 09, 2008, 08:18:04 AM
You talking about the web based version, or does the downloadable windows client also have the IE dependency? While the web based will certainly be handy, I think the windows client will best suit your needs with live find as you type and better hotkey support.
371  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Super lite PIM? Address book? on: May 08, 2008, 09:44:33 PM
Maybe they figured . . . if it does everything it's supposed to, why cram more crap in? I hate software that isn't updated, but then . . . realistically . . . it's usually features I don't need + bugs :)

I used yeahwrite obsessively back in '98 or '99, absolutely adored it.  I was trying to remember the name of it a few weeks back, but couldn't . . . so thanks nogojoe! Time to download it and take a walk down memory lane. 

Sabot--It's really not so much an "over the top" application, though all the colorful tabs can give that impression.  The reason its file size remains so small is that it's not so much feature-intensive as functionally flexible. All those eye-boggling tabs aren't different features so much as slightly tweaked ways of using the internal editor.  Pretty much everything in it does the same thing, it's just divided up into pre-defined sections to give you an idea how to use it. It's ultimately a union of a simplified word processor and a simplified spread sheet application. It's really quite simple and intuitive, as I remember it.  And cheap, 19.99 for life (after all, if it's never updated you'll never pay an upgrade fee :)

As for your issue, sabot, have you considered giving Evernote a try? It might work well . . . and the current beta version 3.0 syncs online so you can access the same data via the software, your online enabled phone, or any web browser.

Currently we've been using a number of loose papers filled with this kind of info, but as you can guess they very quickly get outdated, torn, lost, edited, scribbled on, etc. The built in address book on the phone system is extremely clunky with no search function whatsoever, so that's no help.

With evernote, you could actually photograph/scan in those hand written notes and they'd be searchable. Evernote has a pretty impressive OCR indexer.  The aforementioned online sync capabilities would make it somewhat usable with a smart phone type device, for added convenience.

I've been daydreaming of a simple, yet extremely efficient application that can allow me to put all this info at my fingertips but so far all the PIM and Address book software I've been trying out are *way* too overpowered for what I'm looking for. I'm hoping if I list out the small wishlist I have that someone can point me in the right direction or just whip it up

Using Evernote 3, moreso than evernote 2, is extremely simple/straight forward.  Just jot down notes which can be tagged, can optionally add checkboxes for todo stuff, and it's all find-as-you-type search.

I'd also need just an input text box that would allow me to copy paste info into it to add to the file of phone numbers, emails and whatever other misc info.

It comes with a "Universal Clipper" add on -- highlight any text, hit a hot key and that text will be inserted into evernote as a new note -- which you can then tag or edit as necessary.

Extra credit would be a way to arrow key up and down the list of results and be able to hit a hotkey like alt-e to edit that line directly rather than having to manually go edit the overall file.
If you make each entry its own note rather than compiling them all in a single note this would pretty much be inherently there for you.

Drop me an e-mail and I'll send you an invite to try the Beta.  For what you described as your needs, I think it might be a really good option for consideration.  It doesn't cost anything at present and what it will cost later on down the road is not yet known.  Something per month per the amount of storage you need, I guess.
372  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: About signing up to download freeware license keys - READ IN PLEASE on: April 28, 2008, 08:32:26 AM
Hare to type with pee in your eyes anyway, Mouser . . .

Seriously, though, is it really so painful to generate a license key occasionally?  I'd rather download a license key every six months than authorize a credit card payment every 8 to 12 months. . .

But what do I know?!

For all the flak you catch for FREE license codes, you may as well make donations compulsory.
373  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linspire Inc. (Rant) [Explicit Language] on: April 25, 2008, 01:37:24 PM
I'm not frustrated . . . quite the opposite.  I've become so certain they're incapable of removing them from the list, I'd be disappointed if they actually did what I wanted them to do.  Their failure is reaffirmation of their incompetence.

Some evening when I have the time, and some strong drink, I'll go back into battle with them.  What I really want to do is drunk dial Michael Robertson.
374  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wii Browser on: April 25, 2008, 01:00:51 PM
I'll have to share with you the ds-intended script I use for logging in to stuff. (Bookmark it and then have one-click logins to everything, since (a) typing sucks (b) cookies aren't persistent)
375  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linspire Inc. (Rant) [Explicit Language] on: April 25, 2008, 12:57:02 PM
Still receiving messages from them. [sigh]
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