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726  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: pandora.com - Internet radio for EVERY taste! FREE! on: April 29, 2006, 04:49:04 PM
Hey, I didn't take the fun away -- I just noticed it wasn't there cheesy
727  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: size-changing USB flash drives on: April 29, 2006, 01:52:40 PM
Man, I'd kill for the remobeads -- I could channel surf while meditating . . . or better yet, meditate while I channel surf!

I hate people with neat ideas that are just ideas.
728  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Xara Xtreme goes OpenSource !! on: April 29, 2006, 01:45:59 PM
There's really no way around the components they don't own -- they can't give them away, so there'll always be a pay version for professionals, advanced users and people who don't like to have the light version of anything Wink I think it's really cool the way they're embracing the open source movement and opening up to other operating systems -- it's a good move for them and endusers (and future endusers) alike.

I've used quite a few vector based image editors, including much more expensive packages -- including the great, but now unnecessary, Deneba Canvas.  The bottom line for me is nothing is as effectively intuitive, powerful and flexible as Xara -- and now, with the ability to apply editable raster filters in real time (a favorite feature from when I used Canvas (called "sprite filters") basically eliminates any need for strictly raster based image editors, in my opinion.  The release of Xara X pretty much ended my maintenance of vector and raster graphic design software on my system, Xara is all I use.  Xara is one of those applications that has kept me tethered to Windows over the years -- with it becoming available on Linux, as well as my favorite editor and a few other apps, I'd find myself using windows significantly less if not for this community.
729  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: pandora.com - Internet radio for EVERY taste! FREE! on: April 29, 2006, 09:37:54 AM
Strange.  What build are you using?  I'll probably just stick to having a minimized pandora window Wink
730  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: pandora.com - Internet radio for EVERY taste! FREE! on: April 29, 2006, 08:18:51 AM
Awesome, the Pandora widget finally looks sexy! Last time I used it, it worked aurally but there were quite a few cosmetic, and some times clicky, problems -- thanks for reminding em to try it again!

Ack, correction, still having problems -- can you click the drop down arrow to edit a station? (Under "Your Stations") ? For me, it blinks -- doesn't keep focus, can't click it.  And I'm still seeing a lot of visual problems . . . I wonder if that's an Opera widget implementation shortcoming or the widget author . . .
731  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Xara Xtreme goes OpenSource !! on: April 29, 2006, 08:14:40 AM

This news actually broke last year--October maybe? Guess it's all happened officially now, eh?  Personally, I don't mind paying for it -- it's well worth the money.  But if you'd rather they support you than you them . . . cheesy

As an open source project, there will no doubt be more than one free version compiled and released by third parties -- and of course, a pay version which would obviously come with support, documentation, and Xara's seal of approval.

You'll find a lot of your questions answered in the FAQS

Notably:
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We have made dramatic price cuts to the latest Windows versions of the software to bring it closer to the free price that Linux users expect. The Windows version continues to include a shipping CD, they can buy a printed manual, and we provide direct customer support to paying customers. In addition the Windows version contains licensed code from third parties (some versions contain Pantone color support, licensed PDF components and other third-party Live Effects plug-ins, fonts and other things) which we can't make Open Source or free. The Windows product, with these premium features, is priced at a small fraction of that of our competitors. If Linux and Mac users want these additional premium features then they will also have to pay for them.

Once the porting over is done, Mac and Linux full versions won't be free -- and in this free stage, several third-party licensed components that cannot be open sourced legally aren't available.
732  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: email client. Opera's M2 vs. the Bat on: April 28, 2006, 03:34:37 PM
The honest truth, is at the moment I use M2 more than The Bat! myself -- I still proclaim, without question, that TB is -the- most powerful mail client out there, but I've become rather enamoured with gmail's search rather than organization based approach -- which M2 was doing before Gmail smiley There are a lot of benefits to both, the bottom line is chosing the client that fits your personal needs.

After having spent a few years away from it, and now playing with TB again -- the power is there, but it's starting to show its age.  Somewhere, I swear it was here but I can't find it, I made a post about the fact that I think organization based mail clients are on the out, replaced by M2/Gmail type search-based clients.  Organizing things is just too much work -- I wish I had a search button in my house.

Edit: Here it is!
http://www.donationcoder....ic=2411.msg21340#msg21340
733  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Earth. Overpopulated or not? on: April 28, 2006, 12:42:24 PM
I grew up in the heartland, I know the little farmers aren't getting rich -- I should be more specific -- it's the big industries that are making the money and destroying the "ideal" society. Family owned farms are increasingly rarely profitable -- there won't be room for private farms in a few more generations -- safe for those who -are- self sufficient.  Self-sufficience would be bad for the government/big business -- that would be revenue/tax dollars lost.  Not going to hapen -- just like we won't use a more efficient/cost-effective means of fuel until we can no longer profit from oil. Even then, there'll be enough markup--they'll be making more than they do now, anyway.
734  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: email client. Opera's M2 vs. the Bat on: April 28, 2006, 12:35:24 PM
This is going to be really brief as I need to get my son to sleep -- but the bottom line is: It depends. smiley

The Bat! is without question the most powerful mail client you'll get your hands on.  It is not, however, without its weaknesses -- there's a steep learning curve if you really want to take advantage of it and its search, while powerful, is nowhere near the speed of M2.  It really depends on what you need.  With huge mail bases, M2 runs into some issues -- namely the entire Opera application slows to a crawl when sending/receiving mail if the panel is open -- while TB handles large bases effortlessly.  What I like about M2 is that it's like gmail, in that it's one big flat database that you can quickly search and/or apply labels.

TB is more organized -- For power users who want to take complete control of their mail, TB! is -the- way to go -- but for simply casually checking your mail throughout the day, I'd go with M2 -- it's free, lightweight, fast and the search makes of for the awkward folder structure.  The Bat, on the other hand, is ideal for organizational freaks who like everything in a folder based hierarchy -- with its powerful filters, folders, virtual folders -- if you're willing to dedicate a lot of time, you can automate virtually everything but the actual converting letters into words, sentences and paragraphs smiley

I also find Opera's keyboard editor more succinct -- and its documentation is unarguably more reliable.

But the bottom line--Opera is great for casual users, The Bat is ideal for those who want total control from the groundup.
735  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Earth. Overpopulated or not? on: April 28, 2006, 10:27:19 AM
Indeed!  Free enterprise, the bottom line is the dollar sign -- not global well-being.  People spend more when they're stretched thin, as what little they may have at the end of the month is a luxury and saving seems a pipe dream.  Pressed for cash? Throw more money at the wind, what have you got to lose?

World peace and happiness isn't in the better interest of industry -- and at the end of the day, even the government is at the mercy of the will of industry.
736  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Earth. Overpopulated or not? on: April 28, 2006, 09:41:41 AM
The problem, as always, revoles around the people involved, not the technology or supply.
Is the Earth overpopulated?  Considering the idiots involved, maybe.  If things worked right; no.

As I said before, I do not believe this to be strictly, if at all, a resource issue -- but is there any way to not consider the people involved, since they are the central axis of the issue? Mankind is the very heart of the discussion -- every other factor is connected by a single pintle--mankind.

In order to believe these matters could ever be resolved one would absolutely have to believe in altruism -- which (and this is another discussion altogether) I don't believe exists as it would require a certain selflessness that would transcend even the notion of satisfaction for doing "good things".  At any rate, if one can maintain a belief in altruism they need to take it much further -- as this process would require universal altruism from the bottom to the top of society.  It would essentially require a unified, global commune to truly be effective.  At minimum, it would require significant sacrifice on the part of not just governments, but the industry itself.  It's just not possible -- every time a new pair of legs kicks, the odds surmount.

The current fuel fiasco comes to mind -- after Katrina devastated the South and the oil prices magically started soaring, it comes out of our pockets.  While I'm paying more for gas, the oil companies are making record profits.  They're not taking a hit, here--I am.  When there are significant tragedies or problems at hand, the general machine that is humanity does not reach out to coddle, though it may offer its condolences just before it pounces and takes full advantage.
737  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Earth. Overpopulated or not? on: April 27, 2006, 03:00:56 PM
We have the technology. We have the ability. If our government (and all others) would get out of debt and start spending wisely[...]{snip}

This is precisely why it is impossible -- or at the -very- least, extremely (monumentally extremely) improbable. There's a reason the hungry become hungrier while 1st world nations get fatter and more unhealthy, compensating by pouring money into medicine.  We're a territorial, and oft violent, species that at best takes care of its immediate own.

The idea that we could right all the wrongs is a pipe dream -- you're taking into consideration the economic ramifications but ignoring the social/cultural matters of humanity.  We've never all teamed up for the better good of the species -- we destroy or let the weak die out and take what they had.

I still stand by the statement that the earth is overpopulated -- sure, it could be overcome with technology -- but it would require a shift of cultural, of state of mind, that is well outside the general human paradigm.  There'll be a good scourge or two before anything so drastic is a reality.  It won't be in any of our life times.
738  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Earth. Overpopulated or not? on: April 27, 2006, 02:10:27 PM
Until there is sufficient (if not equal) food for all, I consider this planet grossly overpopulated.  While I understand even in old times, someone (probably a dumbass lost in the woods, and evolutionarily deserving to die as something other than "the strongest) would starve to death -- but bottom line is, when entire nations are starving there's a problem.  Space is not an indication of vacancy -- Adding a city block worth of space to an over-crowded restaurant may bring it within fire code, but it won't increase the potential patronage without first accommodating many other needs -- kitchen, staff, consumables and tables not withstanding.

"Earth" and "Population" are much more than a ratio of earth mass to man mass.  There are great cultural and economic considerations that must be considered, as population is only as stable as the bodies that represent it.  While the majority of the earth's patrons may not be starving, I can assure you --with great confidence-- that continuing to increase the population will in no way alleviate the problem(s).  Is the earth so short of space we couldn't possibly fit another body on it? No.  We could cram billions more onto the surface of the earth easily -- and even more if we wanted to start burrowing.   Is there evidence to suggest there is more life on this planet than can be supported without extreme social and economic changes throughout the world? Undeniably yes.

Don't mistake me for benevolent, though -- I'm not personally concerned -- I'm admittedly a misanthrope.  I'd pretty much keep calling it over-populated until I could count the population on my fingers.  Fortunately, evidence supports my claim at the time.

On the upside, I'm sure we'll destroy ourselves well before we find out just how many we can cram in this phone booth.
739  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Study Says Drink All the Coffee You Want. Really. on: April 27, 2006, 09:14:15 AM
Well, scientists seem to be not sure about that yet: only last week I read about a new study saying that drinking only two cups of coffee a day is increasing the cardiac infarction risk for those with the according genes already...

It's true.  Coffee is the new eggs -- they can't make up their mind.  With any luck, indicision is lethal -- anyone doing a study on the effects of indecision on the general stability of the ol' brain?

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While I enjoy a good steak and a drink every now and then, I wouldn't put "coffee and cigarettes" and "real life" together in one sentence cheesy
It would be irresponsible not to -- it would be denying their existence, they're a part of real life.  At any rate, "real life" in the subjective sense is entirely what you make of it -- for some of us, a cup of coffee and a pack of cigarettes is akin to a conversation with God.  Not for everyone, obviously -- but we're not all the same, are we?  I, for one, would rather skip the sex and jump straight to the 'after' cigarette.  Some don't bother with the cigarette.  Who's right?  Were I an arguing man, I'd say sucking a cigarette does more to serve an overpopulated planet than potentially contributing further to the gene pool smiley

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When asked about their biggest regrets, (very) old people mostly named "not taking more risks" - not "not consuming more coffee and cigarettes" Wink

Then they either didn't know they were missing, or they already were consuming at a sufficient rate.  Personally, I won't say I wished I consumed more either: I won't have to. smiley
740  Other Software / Developer's Corner / PHP Frameworks on: April 27, 2006, 08:58:11 AM

http://www.phpclasses.org...ended-PHP-frameworks.html

This is a relatively lengthy blog entry.  Generally it's about the pros and cons of various php frameworks which, refreshingly, emphasises thinking for yourself and finding what, if anything, suits your needs.  It touches on a few other php related issues (and takes a nice stab at Ruby smiley as well.

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"This post discusses the existing PHP Web development frameworks.
It provides advice on what criteria is relevant when choosing a framework that addresses the needs of each PHP developer.
It also explains why certain frameworks seem very popular while others are not getting as much attention as their developers hoped.
Finally it mentions a long list of packages and tools that make up the framework that is used to implement the PHPClasses site."
741  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software to help you quit smoking? on: April 26, 2006, 08:44:58 PM
I have similar software on my Palm, but I use it to track my smoking patterns out of curiosity.  It failed to serve that purpose, though, as I don't remember to update it when I smoke . . . I need a computer chip to automatically detect when I light up.
742  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Dream Host maximum discount $97 Off promo code on: April 26, 2006, 08:43:04 PM
Am I too late to get that referrel?  If you go to http://theprawn.com and click the dreamhost button at the bottom, I get $$ smiley
743  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How -- and why -- do you use different browsers? on: April 26, 2006, 08:40:00 PM
I too have several browsers at my disposal for testing web design.  As for chosing one over another for my own personal use, I use Opera primarily because of its multi document interface (not to be confused with tabs -- full screen isn't for me), and complete keyboard-customizability -- I use the keyboard far more than the mouse -- and no other browser even comes close to accomodating this need like Opera.  Obviously there are also other things about it I like -- extensive customizability, speed, stability.  At the end of the day, feature for feature, Opera is the browser that best suits my needs and surfing style.

That said, I don't recommend it for everyone -- to get my dad off IE, for example, I referred him to firefox as it's easier to transition to out of the box and I really didn't  want to hold his hand trying to figure out Opera. cheesy
744  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The greatest candy in the history of the world! on: April 26, 2006, 08:34:04 PM
Never was a big fan of peanut butter candies, save for a brief romance with Reese's Pieces about the time ET was all the rage.  Going by the subject, I was certain this was going to be about PEZ!
745  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Study Says Drink All the Coffee You Want. Really. on: April 26, 2006, 08:32:14 PM
I drink all the coffee I want because.....I'm an adult and I want to.  cheesy
If we spent all our time worrying about the "risks" we spend less time "living".

I want to live my life not exist in it. Thmbsup

Hear, hear!
746  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Study Says Drink All the Coffee You Want. Really. on: April 26, 2006, 07:04:47 PM
Yup, so as long as you keep pumping the stuff in with breaks only to sleep . . .

cheesy
747  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: New version? on: April 26, 2006, 05:03:28 PM
The beauty of it, though is that it doesn't just run -- it finds and runs, hence the long name (Which I, personally, like save for "robot" -- I'd much rather Find & Run Automaton).  And refer to what the Find & Run Automaton does as Preemptive Cognizance smiley
748  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / New Study Says Drink All the Coffee You Want. Really. on: April 26, 2006, 04:58:39 PM

While you health nuts are posting your this or that will kill you warnings, I've got this one to fire back smiley

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Coffee lovers can drink up without fear of increasing their risk of heart disease, according to a major new study that found people could consume as many as six cups a day without upping their risk.
...
 So the best answer is, if you enjoy coffee and you drink four to six cups a day, it's not going to cause you heart disease."

. . . this would be great news to me, drinking 2 pots a day, if I didn't love cigarettes so much smiley

http://www.cbsnews.com/st...th_news/main1548221.shtml
749  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: New version? on: April 26, 2006, 05:12:59 AM
Either way, it sounds more like an STD than a great application.
750  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 146$ Linux PC on: April 25, 2006, 08:21:44 PM
The uber linux geeks mod and slip distros on everything -- from gaming systems, to their iPods smiley
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