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801  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Luu Tran's wry philosophy of programming on: April 10, 2006, 05:13:53 PM
Xnews is under development again?! I quit using it a few years back, as he'd pretty much stated he wasn't going to be doing any more with it.  I quit checking.

Man, happy day . . . <downloading>
802  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use RSS feeds? on: April 10, 2006, 12:19:43 PM
Don't know -- I know where you're coming from, though.  Even an application that is seemingly perfect, knowing it's abandoned just makes me . . . abandon it.  I loved, for example, Lektora -- but it went for a long time looking abandoned.  I think it's back in development again, but . . . I don't feel like launching Firefox or Internet Explorer for it. So it goes.
803  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Mayk or Find And Run Robot? on: April 10, 2006, 09:51:27 AM
It sort of cuts out the need for the start menu Wink
That's quite a simple approach.
For me, it takes out the need for start menu, windows run box, calculator, alias in opera (for some sites), and sometimes, even takes out the need for file browser (since i have my disk very organized, i can use farr to search for my documents) cheesy

Truth be told, I use it for most of those things things, too . . . perhaps I should have said

"It's cuts out the need for any other software . . . except the software you launch from it." smiley
804  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Mayk or Find And Run Robot? on: April 10, 2006, 08:05:06 AM
It sort of cuts out the need for the start menu Wink
805  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Mayk or Find And Run Robot? on: April 10, 2006, 06:20:45 AM
I'm sure it's a great program, but FR+R works better for me.  The reason I use it, as opposed to a tray launcher or something, is simple: I can't be bothered to "configure" everything.  I want to type and have it magically know what I'm talking about.
806  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I want to learn how to make a webpage. Where can I start? on: April 10, 2006, 06:06:37 AM
It won't take a year to make a website with html, it's nothing like trying to learn a programming language.  You won't be building the csszengarden immediately, but you shouldn't have any trouble picking up enough to build a basic, functional page in under a week.  Laying out a page is really quite easy -- it's getting into the deeper stuff that gets more tedius -- block level stuff, structuring for css, styling with css . . . smiley

When it's all said and done, though -- it's not that difficult.  The hardest part is the artistic part -- trying to figure out how to make it look good.  That's not my forte . . . cheesy
807  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Mayk or Find And Run Robot? on: April 10, 2006, 05:56:30 AM
FR+R gets the super-efficient smart software prize, loses points for clicky-clicky-mouse users and both lose in the name department smiley

FR+R is immensely keyboard friendly, hence my extreme dependence on it.  Those buttons on mayk . . . <shrugs> Meh, what's the point when you've got a snappy little command line?
808  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I want to learn how to make a webpage. Where can I start? on: April 10, 2006, 05:48:34 AM
I'd advise against nvu, or anything WYSIWYG editor -- especially if your initial goal is to learn how HTML works.  It's like driving a car -- you're better off to learn on a manual transmission. Learn that, you can drive anything later on.

That said, the websites listed here are good resources, they don't offer much for the fledgling would-be web developer.

That said, I strongly recommend HTML Dog.  Their stuff is, suprisingly, as easy to read as it is competent -- wish they had this stuff around when I was learning HTML smiley  HTMLDog is mindful of web standards as well -- so you won't just be learning how to get by, you'll be learning how to craft succinct, proper (x)html -- a feat most wysiwyg editors don't do themselves.  If you want to do something, do it right . . . right? smiley

As far as easy to edit pages go, you could give my Wiki a try -- though the template is the only place html is used, it's fairly easily managed.
809  News and Reviews / Best Music Service / Re: tech crunch article comparing music services on: April 09, 2006, 09:44:10 PM
I apologize, I might be dyslexic, I read it crap:music ratio smiley which made more sense as a reason to leave it out.  Had I read more carefully, I could have saved myself the post smiley
810  News and Reviews / Best Music Service / Re: tech crunch article comparing music services on: April 09, 2006, 08:29:30 PM
Why not say they're leaving it out because their music:cr*p ratio is so high compared to the others?

I wouldn't quite phrase it that way.  I'd just say their mainstream to obscure taste ratio is incredibly low.

They have an incredibly high quality database, it just happens to be a very diverse database -- much of which you're not likely to enjoy.  Not so much because it's crap but because it's diversity.  I love their bluegrass, new age and electronic selection (and some pop-rock), but find a lot of their stuff to be, to me, abysmal -- that isn't to say it's bad.  For me to say it's bad would be downplaying Hirudin's taste in music.

That's the thing about a service that dares to grab up such a varying selection of music from such diverse genre's -- you end up with stuff everybody hates as much as they enjoy the stuff they love.  Most music services are too mainstream to have anything as "good" or as "bad" as emusic.

My 2 cents, anyway.
811  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More secure passwords... New/Old thoughts on: April 09, 2006, 05:09:37 PM
Your inverting is a great idea.  I've, since before "leet" speak became popular, used a form of it for my password -- an example of a long-since outdated one is
c)olc)10n

Which is "coolcolon", but replacing some of the o's with zeros and others still with "uppercase" zeros smiley nev*abl3 is another I used once upon a time.  "inevadable" or "inevitable", with the "uppercase 8" in there cheesy
812  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is there anyway to automate the the bat ! i.e. check mail every 15 minutes. on: April 08, 2006, 10:17:46 PM
I'm not popular, but it has saved me on many occasions when I forgot about my family's birthdays cheesy
813  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is there anyway to automate the the bat ! i.e. check mail every 15 minutes. on: April 08, 2006, 09:50:34 PM
Sure -- in the account properties, check out the . . . I think "transport" section, you can set an interval to check.

You should also check out the scheduler, you can have messages automatically send (so it remembers birthdays even if you don't), automatically backup periodically, etc.

Edit: That was post 300!
814  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: FTP Uploader on: April 08, 2006, 09:46:40 PM
You could use rcftp and a script to get the location copy + convenience of RC.
815  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Find and Run Robot got an Award on: April 07, 2006, 08:56:03 PM
Wow, great news for the community -- congrats to mouser!
816  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Firm pitches $2,800 64GB USB Flash disk on: April 07, 2006, 10:41:20 AM
According to this, BitMicro has a 155 gig in the works.

I'd read an article somewhere on the lifespan of a USB drive -- and basically what it came down to was with normal usage, there's a very good chance it will outlive your harddrive -- and potentially  you. smiley
817  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: GeminiSoft Pimmy on: April 07, 2006, 05:48:30 AM
Is TB's configuration in one or more identifiable files, so that you could back those up in case of disaster?
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I had everything backed up, as TB has a very effective backup/restore feature.  Unfortunately, the backup was on the same hard drive -- in my defense, I was in the Navy and didn't have a lot of options on where/what to do with my data.

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I've only just started with conventional email clients (mostly been using CompuServe) and haven't got very far yet.  I'm assuming I'd keep identifiable folders for mailing lists, but I hadn't thought farther than that.  Sounds like TB needs a faster searching system...

It's not picking on the bat specifically -- this is the case, in my experience, across the board.  Search is often thrown in as a feature not the focus -- the result is a mediocre search -- and when you're talking about a massive mailbase, seconds or even minutes are at stake smiley  TB has a new improved search, but I really haven't tried it yet.

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I thought TB had virtual folders?  It was really all a single message base?

No.  Well, TB does have virtual folders now -- they're a relatively new feature (Last year or two) -- I haven't spent enough time to know just how effective they are, though.  Even with virtual folders, one can lose a lot of time organizing smiley I do keep my mailing lists in separate views, though -- as I don't need them mixed with personal mail or vice versa.

re: m_s
-- Might be time to start a new thread about mail conversion/archival smiley
818  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Firm pitches $2,800 64GB USB Flash disk on: April 07, 2006, 05:37:13 AM
That's is awesome.  I couldn't possibly get my money's worth out of it, but cool nonetheless Wink
819  DonationCoder.com Software / fSekrit / Re: Progress report etc. on: April 06, 2006, 04:44:32 PM
I've downloaded it and replaced the 'emtpy' copy I keep on my c: drive -- I'll take it for a thorough test later on.

As for converting, perhaps even something as simple as an 'upgrade' option in the menu of an already opened file where it prompts you for the location of the new exe and upgrades from there.  It would still be easier than opening two side by side, copying one into the other, closing the old one and overwriting it with the new one.  Would save a few steps.  The obvious downside there, would be the upgrade mechanism would be increasing the file size, eh?

I have fewer than a dozen to upgrade at the moment, at least, so it's not like I'm going to lose any sleep over it.  smiley
820  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: GeminiSoft Pimmy on: April 06, 2006, 02:48:19 PM
I haven't used The Bat! in a dedicated fashion in a few years--not since I lost my hard drive with everything on it.  I just haven't been in the mood to setup everything the way I like it -- you wouldn't believe how many hours I put into making TB 'perfect' for me.  Just don't have the energy to do it again, maybe one day . . . smiley  -- it also consumes a great deal more resources than, say, Pimmy.

One of the biggest reasons, though -- is that my focus has really changed.  Back when I used TB hardcore, I was really heavily into sorting and organizing my mail into folders -- and nothing is more filter/sorting efficient than TB.   What I've learned over the years, however, is that a well organized mailbase is easily more a hindrance than asset.  I say this for two reasons -- first of all, the amount of time spent setting up and maintaining a convoluted hierarchy of folders and sub-folders.  Secondly, the amount of time spent decoding this.  Whether you're a mouse or keyboard user, it takes a good few clicks to get to the message you're looking for -- and you can at least double that, because a lot of the time you end up having to check multiple folders.  If, perhaps, you organize by people as well as by subject, you can never know for sure if you filed a message by one or the other -- unless you copy it over into each -- but then you're increasing your mailbase potentially by 100%.

Anyway, in my experience, when you're sitting on tens or hundreds of thousands of e-mail messages, whether things are well organized or not, the quickest and most efficient way to get to your message is by searching the mailbase.  Here's where mail clients fork a bit.  Gmail (and to a lesser extent Opera's M2) is built around search with limited organization based on tags, for example.  TB! on the other hand is very much the opposite -- excellent capabilities with sorting and handles large folders rather quickly -- but its search is relatively complicated and arguably notably slower searching across all the folders and such.

It took me quite a while to get used to not having everything organized in a fascist manner -- to get used to throwing everything in the same place with a couple labels for quick access stuff -- but in the long run, I've found abandoning rigid order in exchange for searching to be greatly time saving and immensely more efficient.  The larger my mailbase grows, the more this becomes true.

The Bat! is an amazing application, the best in its league, but I think that they're at the end of an era for E-mail.  There's been quite a lull in mail client development the last few years.  I think in a year or two or three we'll see another surge, everybody with a new mail client, as an era of developers taking queues from web application developers in trying to ride the search and tag wave.  Assuming, of course, server side doesn't entirely replace client side first.
821  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: BatchFTP on: April 06, 2006, 02:29:35 PM
type o <servername>
It'll prompt for user/pasword
ls
> files are shown
cd <directory>
> go to <directory>
lcd <directory>
> go to <directory> on local machine
put <filename>
> uploads <filename> to current <directory>
get <filename>
> downloads <filename>

Etc smiley
822  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: BatchFTP on: April 06, 2006, 01:32:24 PM
Cool idea, but man is that pricey!

I know in winXP you can just open a folder/IE to an ftp site and do your FTP'ing from there -- but you can't chmod.  How about in webdrive?  You might have to write a mini-review for it.

-- If you really want to go simple, superboy, you could always use good old fashioned start -> run -> ftp; no chmod there, either though.
823  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Etch a Sketch on: April 06, 2006, 11:38:10 AM
Mindblowing . . . if only he hadn't turned it profitable, I could turn my jealousy to smugness and say "Someone has too much time on their hands."
824  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: BatchFTP on: April 06, 2006, 10:22:11 AM
Never tried (or heard of...) Dopus -- played Dofus though smiley

I adored BPFtp, used it for years -- but lost my license and their new company can't return old ones.  It's just a bit too dated to pay -that- much for. There are a lot of freeware/shareware ftp clients that do more -- and you're right about the file browsing dialog!  Actually, no significant updates have been made to BPFTP in the better part of 5 years -- the biggest changes have been rebranding as some "Digital Candle" or something like that acquired them, then they went back to sans Digital Candle.  Not sure what the deal was -- software wise, it's been largely untouched.  Had I not lost my license, I'd probably still be happily using it, but in the long run Batch is a better application at a better price.  Aside from my web design, I use it to automate uploading backups of important files and schedule downloads for when I'm not going to be on/needing bandwidth.

In my experience, the absolute most powerful FTP suite is CuteFTP -- but it's pricey and, frankly, you need to be in an enterprise situation to really take advantage of a lot of its features/make it worth the money.  It's a little bit too much, in most cases -- it is well designed and works great, though.  I've owned licenses for a few versions of it.  Skipped over the upgrade a major version or two ago, as BatchFTP is a good balance of price and software -- no complaints here, except that I worry about its development.  The author has said it's not abandonware, he's just busy/between jobs -- but that's been the case for some time now!
825  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: cody has some eggs? on: April 06, 2006, 06:37:33 AM
Tough to do with a mouth full of coin.  I think he uses his feet. . . unless it really is a ghost.
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