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801  News and Reviews / Best E-mail Client / Re: opera deserves a real try on: April 14, 2006, 07:48:07 PM
Around 50,000 -- give or take. Wink
802  News and Reviews / Best E-mail Client / Re: opera deserves a real try on: April 14, 2006, 09:20:08 AM
Opera M2 behaves very much in the same way as Gmail (rather, M2 did it first so one could argue that should be stated inversely smiley -- with the labels rather than true folders, contacts being virtual folders themselves, single flat data base, etc. -- and it really does work quite well.  Because of Opera's keyboard-power-user-friendliness, the Mail client is inherently keyboard friendly as well.  And something can really be said for Opera's adaptive filters -- they work brilliantly when trained properly.

The only problem, for me -- is presently, a large enough mail base in M2 can result in dramatic performance issues.  Especially when the mail panel is active and a large view is open.  It seems one can work around this by taking care to always leave the last mail view one of a smaller nature.  This is one argument for users having separate mail/browser software -- one doesn't drag the other down Wink

For average mail bases or general use, though, M2 is highly competent.  As for it not having a rich text editor, I see that as a feature not a shortcoming cheesy
803  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Luu Tran's wry philosophy of programming on: April 13, 2006, 08:19:59 PM
I like 40tude dialog too -- donation ware, at that Wink
804  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a good file transfer app on: April 13, 2006, 02:17:57 PM
Most of it sounds about right, being an unsanctioned attempt to regain credibility -- but I don't remember any mention of open source when it released.  Furthermore, the official blurb you posted would lead one to think otherwise.  Who really knows, other than the developer?

The good news is it's open source and highly competent now smiley
805  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Calendar LAUNCHED! on: April 13, 2006, 07:33:04 AM
No love for Opera  Angry

Hit escape at that dialog, it seems to be working just fine with Opera 9
806  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a good file transfer app on: April 12, 2006, 03:58:28 PM
The whole "file sharing" thing was really hitting the fan, it was right around or right after Napster was getting shut down, if I recall correctly.  AOL, owning Nullsoft, didn't want to be associated with a program potentially used to "illegally" transfer files -- at least, that's my best guess.  At the time, with the whole Piracy thing being -the- issue, AOL didn't want to be mis-perceived as a supporter of the stolen arts.  It's dumb, I mean it's not like it's a mass-user file finding device -- it's for transferring among close friends.  But file-sharers were being witch-hunted, so . . .
807  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a good file transfer app on: April 12, 2006, 11:17:16 AM
The biggest advantage to waste is its security -- folder share is probably a simpler solution.
808  DonationCoder.com Software / Jazper's Software / Re: What is ShoutcastConcierge? on: April 12, 2006, 06:06:54 AM
Shoutcast.com has changed little over the years -- they provide streaming and some relatively rudimentary sorting and searching -- but it's no frills.  For the same reasons as brotherS, I prefer the third party approach.

That said, streaming audio hasn't replaced my mp3 usage yet -- simply because more often than not I'm in the mood for something specific.  Several years back, though, there was a stream I listened to almost non-stop.  Don't laugh.  24/7 Alphaville smiley
809  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Giant devil rabbit terrorises village on: April 11, 2006, 03:07:00 PM
Last I checked, knitted blankets leftoutside . . . nasty.
810  News and Reviews / Best Music Service / Re: tech crunch article comparing music services on: April 11, 2006, 01:15:27 PM
Ah -- precisely what I like about Rhapsody -- unless I need to burn it or put it on my mobile device, I can listen to virtually any album in their library any time I want -- 9.99/mo US.  For 14.95/mo US, I can do that and copy them to my portable device -- so I only have to buy the tracks if I want to burn them to CD.  If you have the 14.95 plan, you get 10% off purchases.  Since I'm generally a homebody, the basic plan works great for me.

Rhapsody allows you 3 additional re-downloads of purchased music -- which is better than no-chance smiley
811  News and Reviews / Best Music Service / Re: tech crunch article comparing music services on: April 11, 2006, 01:00:09 PM
Emusic is where I get most of the music downloads I use on my portable devices -- but I do have a Rhapsody subscription. 


They offered a free trial, and I want to try most things free.  I didn't expect to like it, though, as a long time hater of Real Player -- but I've gone ahead and paid my monthly dues.  While the review hits them for their $0.99 price per track, that only applies to songs you want to transfer to your portable or burn to a CD.  Your subscription allows you to listen to and/or download unlimited music on your home PC -- which works really well for me.  I can listen to virtually anything I want.

I haven't touched iTunes -- does iTunes do this as well? I know Napster has a similar program.
812  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a good file transfer app on: April 11, 2006, 10:49:09 AM
A few years back, Nullsoft (makers of WinAmp) released an excellent P2P application for exchanging files among an explicitly defined group of trusted friends/peers -- and it worked amazingly well.  AOL forced them to kill it after only a couple of days . . .

Fortunately, anything worth trying to remove is usually picked up by the open source community -- Waste is no exception.
813  DonationCoder.com Software / Jazper's Software / Re: What is ShoutcastConcierge? on: April 11, 2006, 09:48:24 AM
Internet radio, basically -- but instead of frequency/amplitude based stations, you just plug the web address of the "stream" into your audio player and listen that way.  Whatever you use to listen to music, there's a good chance it can play them -- if not, you can always give VU Player a spin.

You can find shoutcast streams for every taste in music here.

The advantage to Shoutcast Concierge is that you can have a list of favorite stations and see what song is currently playing in each of them - so if you don't like what's on one, you'll know what's playing on the rest -- switch to one you like.
814  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use RSS feeds? on: April 11, 2006, 09:36:43 AM
I'm a little discouraged by the tagline "RSS for bloggers". It sounds like it's very much a tool specifically geared toward bloggers who like to grab content from other blogs they may also want to blog about. Do you think it's a good RSS reader if it is judged by that function alone?

That's relatively new stuff, I can only vouch for the reading aspect of it -- which was a solid, albeit different, approach to feed reading than your typical e-mail-esque readers.  That said, I think that the blog writing features are more a partnership -- with Qumana.   Don't know if it can be removed or optionally not installed, but Lektora was originally nothing more than a reader and I found it to be quite good for reading.  It was solid before it became "RSS for bloggers".  I'm assuming the reader is still wholly intact.

Note: Lektora is a relatively simple reader, no excess (except maybe the ability to post to blogs, now smiley -- just what was necessary to effectively read your feeds plus the ability to add persistent searches as virtual feeds into your newspaper.  I'd always thought "Lekrota: RSS, to the point" would have made a good slogan -- it's short, sweet, to the point cheesy
815  DonationCoder.com Software / Jazper's Software / Re: What is ShoutcastConcierge? on: April 11, 2006, 06:09:25 AM
You plug in the URL's for shoutcast audio streams -- it monitors them so you can quickly and easily see what's playing on them all without having to go to each of the different websites. . . A program I'd overlooked until you posted asking.  Now, I'm using it . . . cheesy
816  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use RSS feeds? on: April 11, 2006, 05:52:42 AM
Now that you mention it, Lektora does look cool as hell smiley. Is the project dead? tongue
But yeah.. I don't like using anything that isn't worked on anymore. Especially since nothing is perfect and can always use improvements.. so if I use software like that with the knowledge that those bugs will NEVER be fixed.. what's the point? May as well use something that is still actively being worked on.

Lektora does a great job -- and can be manipulated as easily with the mouse or keyboard.  I just wish it was standalone rather than browser integrated.  Anyway, it looks like it's un-abandoned.  They website has had a total (and very much for the better) facelift, and there has been a significant update -- such as the ability to post to blogs as well.

The author is a competent friendly guy who I think put his eggs in that basket, found it a bit more difficult to make a living on an unknown RSS reader than he thought, and had to get a job for a while to rethink his strategy. cheesy

At any rate, check it out -- nothing to lose.  I handles feeds elegantly, the persistent searches are a great feature.
817  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: How to add a link from your webpage to your DonationCredits Donation Page on: April 11, 2006, 05:45:28 AM
Cool deal, going to have to take it for a spin myself.
818  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: How to use transparent png properly even in IE 6 (!) on: April 11, 2006, 05:44:36 AM
IE is the only browser that has had any trouble with PNG images -- AFAIK Firefox and Opera both support them through and through.

Thanks for posting this -- I'd read it (albeit at a different site) but couldn't be bothered to implement it.  I tend to think IE users deserve what they get cheesy
819  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Contest - Make a new Banner for Website on: April 10, 2006, 10:15:01 PM
Yuk - I hate the American 'Deep Throat' tone ... sounds like a naff film commercial  undecided

. . . and I hate the nasal bordering on anal French pronounciation.  Call me throaty American. smiley It's ironic I live minutes south of French Canada and nearly everyone here speaks French as a first or strong second language.
820  Special User Sections / Podcast Radio Show / Re: Podcast Audio Radio Show - Upcoming Show Planning on: April 10, 2006, 10:11:46 PM
irreverent and fun? Now we're talking my language.  I suppose I still have to supress the English dialect I learned in the Navy, eh? cheesy
821  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Bits du Jour - One Software Title Each Day At A Big Discount on: April 10, 2006, 09:42:08 PM
Great link, Patteo.  While PocketPC doesn't do my antiquated palm-loving self much good, the desktop software will certainly torment my obsessie reg-code collecting habbit smiley
822  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best digital photo print service? on: April 10, 2006, 06:57:30 PM
I like flickr for online photos and know they offer a printing service, but I've never tried it.  Assuming the prints are good (and I imagine they are) it would probably be a good one to try -- their online stuff is good, at any rate.
823  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy birthday Carol H. on: April 10, 2006, 05:23:45 PM
824  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>
825  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.
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