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376  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.
377  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 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.
378  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 :)
379  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.
380  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.
381  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.
382  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.
383  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.
384  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.
385  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!
386  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!
387  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. ;}
388  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.
389  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.
390  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.
391  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.
392  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)
393  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]
394  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Weird software names on: April 19, 2008, 10:38:53 PM
395  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Carbonite Online Backup on: April 19, 2008, 10:30:54 PM
Syncplicity is free, at least as of now.

Also, take a look at Mozy.

I was wondering if anyone here had any personal experience with Carbonite specifically, though personal experiences with other comparable services would also be valuable.  Have you used any of these services, or are you just aware of them? I mean, I can do a google search for online backup--I did prior to deciding I was leaning toward Carbonite.

Mozy: among other things, I prefer Carbonites pricing scheme. 
Syncplicity: I want to backup my data and forget it; I don't want to (a) use a new beta for that (b) get locked in with a product before I know its pricing scheme.  More worry some, I've read a few recent stories that cited the CEO expecting the pricing to be in the 20$/mo range. Finally,  am very turned off by its emphasis on data sharing and integrating with facebook, etc.  Judging by the price and services, it's targeting data sharing and syncronizing more than straight up backing up.  I'm far more comfortable with a backup service that just sticks with backing up. Less is more when it comes to set and forget.
396  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Carbonite Online Backup on: April 19, 2008, 02:25:56 PM
I've to date walked the frayed tight rope of PC using without any form of backup (save for a handful of things on USB pen drives).  It's bit me on the ass a few times--twice I've lost literally everything.  So I'm finally looking at taking the plunge and backing things up.  Despite it being an obvious necessity that would have saved me a lot of heartache, I've never really been compelled to bother with it.  I hate the idea of a local backup--whether an external drive or another form of media, it's yet another "thing" I have to worry about--and another thing that can fail. Or be stepped on. Or eaten by the dog.

After a voluntary (unpaid) raving over it by Gregg Stebben on the radio, I've decided to install a trial of Carbonite.  It's fifty bucks a year, paid annually, for unlimited use.  What I'm wondering is if anyone here has any personal experience with Carbonite--any catastrophic issues or great experiences.

So far, I've no complaints... it appears to be backing things up. Presumably somewhere in the Internet cloud where I can retrieve it if necessary. . . but until it becomes necessary to restore from backup, what do I know? smiley
397  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Audio Interview Explaining *Why* EverNote is Going to a Service on: April 15, 2008, 03:11:32 PM
but I just really don't get EverNote 3.

. . . and I'm still using it. I still don't think it's great. I don't even know that I *like* it, but . . . it's handy and I keep on using it. It gets the "Things that make me go 'huh!'" award for the month.
398  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder - How Crammed Closets, Cluttered on: April 15, 2008, 02:39:54 PM
Awe shit, gotta keep my wife away from this -- unless it is said tongue in cheek.

I'm a bit of a neat freak always smilingly-nagging at my wife because her car, desk and any other personal space are always by far the most cluttered points in view.
399  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to change the forum username on: April 15, 2008, 02:32:32 PM
Though with an investment consisting of a mispelled name and a single post on how to change it . . . really, it would be faster/easier to just sign up all over again rather than worry about a forum post followed by a private message followed by administrative action undecided
400  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: British money is about to get really cool on: April 09, 2008, 09:58:55 AM
They look almots sci-fi in origin -- especially the fifty pence piece. I immediately thought of Battlestar Galactica.
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