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376  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.
377  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!
378  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!
379  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. ;}
380  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.
381  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.
382  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.
383  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.
384  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)
385  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]
386  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Weird software names on: April 19, 2008, 10:38:53 PM
387  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.
388  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
389  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.
390  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.
391  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
392  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.
393  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Audio Interview Explaining *Why* EverNote is Going to a Service on: April 08, 2008, 10:28:56 AM
It's beta, I know . . . and I love their spirit, enthusiasm and the fact that they're open to such drastic changes to their mode of operation . . . but I just really don't get EverNote 3.  Partially because it doesn't support Opera, I admit -- but I just find the desktop client and web versions alike to be a bit . . . clunky. Of course, lack of palm sync makes it largely pointless for me anyway. But I just expected it to be "better".
394  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you collect anything? on: April 08, 2008, 08:29:48 AM
I do not collect anything in a dedicated/meaningful manner--there are some things I'm less inclined to have self-control in purchasing -- but it's more impulsive than collective.  For example, I love lighters -- and purchase far more of them than I need/can use. The end up used, lost or broken 90% of the time, however. I have no central repository for them.

I love hats and sort of collect them, but in a more utilitarian manner.  They can be costly and I'm not willing to go broke so I only purchase a handful a year -- A Fedora every six to twenty-four months, a ballcap every now and then.  Again, though, not really collecting as I use rather than present them.  It's not collecting if you're not hoarding and protecting, is it?

The closest thing I have to a collection is liquor bottle tops -- which isn't a collection based on uniquenes but on archival.  When I finish a bottle of liquor, I keep the lid.  Not surprisingly, it's a pile of very-similar bits of plastic, as I tend to drink always the same three or four things with only the occasional variation.  I've been hoarding them for about four years -- it wasn't intended as such, but it essentially started around the time I became a father.  So I guess it's a diary of how much he's driven me to drink.
395  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PHP coder needed, WordPress contact page form needs editing on: April 08, 2008, 07:47:12 AM
What are you looking to accomplish? If it's nothing too involving, I'd be glad to spare a few minutes.  Feel free to drop me a PM with more specifics.
396  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your happiness right now on: April 05, 2008, 03:47:48 PM
What a difficult thing to calculate . . . where's the "I don't know" option?  tongue
397  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Saga - An MMO RTS on: April 05, 2008, 03:46:05 PM
I'm going to be waiting for your review . . . hopefully it's bad, the last thing I need is to get sucked into another game!
398  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PDA Integration with (PIM - Email, Calendar, Tasks, Memos,Etc.) on: April 05, 2008, 03:45:04 PM
DateBk6 is great!  Small fast and dependable.  Pimlico apparently understands the wisdom in "not reinventing the wheel."  I'll stick with this one for a while.

I haven't used poco for a long, long time--I've lately been flirting with the idea of trying it (Or Barca?) as I want a desktop solution to sync with my Palm that isn't Palm Desktop. I think Barca fills that role, but I'm not certain. Years ago I remember reading that Palm sync was planned for Barca but don't know what became of that.

http://I have used Poco in the recent past, but once I was using it and all ~25,000 emails just vanished! Man, that'd make a man's stomach churn . . . My favorite aspect of gmail is having a server side backup of everything that I mostly trust.  I am still in limbo for my local "backup". At present, I'm using Opera's M2, however using the betas I never really know for sure what day IMAP is supported and how well. Some times it works, some times it doesn't smiley

http://FWIW - your new av...ite close to your person?

Thanks! A rare moment when my hat was off my head . . . there's a scalp and some hair under there! Theprawn.com's non-obscure content was always there, just tucked a few layers back for a bit.  Some days I'm more self-indulgent than others, I'm sure I'll be making it unreadable again before too long!  As for JARDAY, you might say someone close to my person cheesy
399  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linspire Inc. (Rant) [Explicit Language] on: April 05, 2008, 03:35:47 PM
it might be a good idea next time you receive an email to look through the full headers to check if they are sending it to the address you think they are.

I know e-mail headers. I combed through them to make sure I wasn't making an ass of myself. It was going to the e-mail address I "thought" it was. And no, I didn't "wait" three years. I waited three years to bring the discussion here, it has been an ongoing battle with them for three years.
400  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PC Games that DON'T Use an "Arcade"-Type Portal? on: April 05, 2008, 06:49:20 AM
My favorite standalone games for the PC are
Aquaria -- probably not up her alley, though--sort of an ocean exploration adventure
Eets -- action/puzzle game that is a lot of fun; probably more your style than hers, though tongue

(Short answer is I know of no such website)
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