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3926  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you a hardcore software fanatic or a poseur? on: June 18, 2007, 09:14:47 AM
wow! where did you get that quick launch setup!
is it here at dc somewhere?

Windows has had the ability to do that since at least Win98, without having to install anything additional to do it.

If you take a folder full of shortcuts and drag it from Explorer to the edge of any of the empty sides of your screen, it will create a toolbar like the one on the left of my screen.

The one on the right side is the standard Windows taskbar usually found at the bottom. I just dragged it to the right side and made it as big as I could.

To add the bars to sort your shortcuts:

Create a folder for all of them somewhere on your hard drive...add subfolders for each category...fill with shortcuts.

Then right click one of the quick launch bars and select toolbars> new toolbar

Select one of the subfolders. Once it has been added, you can customize it by right clicking the new toolbar and choosing your options.

You can have all 4 edges of your screen with toolbars like this, but I personally think more than 2 is just plain crazy.
3927  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you a hardcore software fanatic or a poseur? on: June 18, 2007, 12:14:14 AM
That self help group for addicts looks like it might be a good idea  Grin Close to a 150 and I cleaned the ones i never use out.  350+ would make for a really scary start menu lol

I hate using my start menu for just that reason.  cheesy

For those of you that haven't seen screenshots of my taskbar and additional shortcut bar, here is the most recent one:


It's very well organized by type of application or shortcut.

I did a big clean up where I uninstalled a bunch of crap and deleted a lot of shortcuts... about a week ago

The 2 toolbars are on autohide, one on each side of my screen.

These are not shortcuts to everything installed...there is much much more that I don't keep handy shortcuts to and have to go through the start menu to find them, on occasion. I don't have all 200+ games in the top left section...only 139.  Grin

and if you look in my tray on the bottom right, you will see I sure do love my icons there too.

I currently have 93 running processes!  ohmy

When & where is the next meeting for Software Addicts Anonymous...and does anybody need a small reminder application for it?  embarassed
3928  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Microsoft Code2Fame Challenge: Over $50,000 in prizes on: June 16, 2007, 09:34:10 AM
Create killer add-ins. Win fame and fortune.
How does industry-wide exposure and cold, hard cash sound? You could win both if you're one of the extraordinary coders who can create the best software and hardware add-ins for the new, soon-to-be-released Windows Home Server.

The challenge
Create cool software and/or hardware add-ins for Windows Home Server, to simplify the digital lifestyles of families everywhere—or just to geek out.

We are looking for creative use of a server as a platform, as well as useful, cool, easy-to-use, and solidly performing value-adds to Windows Home Server.

The prizes

Over $50,000 in cash prizes.

An all-expenses-paid trip for finalists to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond to "wow" the judging committee with their demos.

Your solution will be highlighted on one of the most visited Web sites in the world: Microsoft.com.

Top contenders will present their add-in to a judges' panel of select media and analysts.

Your add-in will be featured on the Windows Home Server developers blog.

You'll get bragging rights! (After all, these add-ins can change the way people live.)

Finalist prizes (for each add-in category):
1st place: US$10,000 cash value
2nd place: US$5,000 cash value
3rd place: US$1,000 cash value

The top three finalists in each category (software add-ins and hardware add-ins) will be notified by e-mail or phone between September 17-19, 2007.

The top three finalists in each category will be invited to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond between September 24-28, 2007, to "wow" the judging committee with their demo.

3929  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Überwallpaper! on: June 16, 2007, 06:01:16 AM
@App103 - I like your daughter's work.  Simple, not detracting from icons, but pretty.  It is amazing to me how many designs miss those points. 

Send her a private message and tell her. (maybe you can get her to finally make her first post  Wink)
3930  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: what is the potential capacity of the internet? on: June 16, 2007, 02:42:04 AM
kind of reminds me of this one too: How much does the internet weigh?
3931  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DAZ Bryce 5.5 now free (Windows and Mac versions). on: June 16, 2007, 01:13:07 AM
They are also giving away DAZ Studio 1.5  thumbs up

3932  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DAZ Bryce 5.5 now free (Windows and Mac versions). on: June 15, 2007, 05:05:10 PM
So what is the free 5.5 missing that you would have got with a paid v5?
3933  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Why is Hotmail so bad at spam? on: June 15, 2007, 04:43:43 PM
I'm trying very hard to be sympathetic towards Hotmail, and I'm failing, badly.

It's not the Microsoft connection that makes me fed up, it's just Hotmail.

Here's today's inbox:

     From my contacts: 2 (2)
     Marquita@viagra,com RE: Online Canadian Pharma...
     admin@speedtrader,co... RE: Daily News

If you believe I have a contact called Marquita at viagra dot com, you're mad.

3934  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Überwallpaper! on: June 15, 2007, 12:45:17 PM
My current wallpaper, which works quite well with my yahoo widgets:

(created by my daughter)

my previous one:

(I don't remember where I got this one)

default for the guest account on this pc:

(created by my daughter)

wallpaper on my other pc:
(created by me from some code written by a friend)
3935  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to make a video from a sequence of images? on: June 14, 2007, 04:53:25 AM
I did something like that once in Windows Movie Maker, using images as the frames.
3936  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DivX Pro for free on: June 10, 2007, 10:41:33 AM
W2K cannot upgrade to XP Home.

that is true...but...

if you have an old 9x cd, you can do a clean install of xp home upgrade and insert the 9x disc when it asks for the qualifying OS cd.
3937  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DoCo Reading Week June 8, 2007 - Join In! on: June 08, 2007, 02:41:12 PM
I am in: Practical C Programming

And since it's kind of hot today, I'll be in my other room where it's cooler, reading The Dispossessed till I fall asleep...again.
3938  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Stellarium 0.9.0 Released! on: June 07, 2007, 02:54:27 PM
Awhile back I did this as a coding snack (or half a coding snack, I should say). Then I found a use for it on my pc, to use Stellarium as my 'screensaver'.  cheesy

3939  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: Start with Windows, but as a Registry Run on: June 06, 2007, 03:19:46 PM
The difference between them:

User: it will only run for that user account and not any other
machine: it will run for all users

So you have to decide if you want it to run no matter who is logged on the machine, or if you just want it to run in your account when you are logged on.
3940  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The top 10 dead (or dying) computer skills on: June 06, 2007, 11:14:49 AM
I am about to learn C for the purpose of developing software for my pocket pc. I can't do it in Delphi.  Sad

No, but you can do it in C#.  Why baseline C?  Does it even deploy to the Compact Framework?

I have an old Jornada 540 with WinCE 3.0...c# is not an option...C and VB 6 are. (no, no, no..I will not work with VB 6 ever again, if I can help it!)

There are some things I want for my pocket pc that are not and have never been available. The only choice I have is to make it myself.

So now is as good a time as any to learn C. I am sure the knowledge won't go to waste once I have written what I need.
3941  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Old school Pocket PC software? on: June 06, 2007, 09:35:17 AM
I am not sure if yours will be on the list, but I have found software for my HP Jornada 540 (SH3 processor running WinCE 3.0) at handango.com

I am currently learning C with the intent of developing software for mine.

My problem is finding hardware accessories for mine. There is only one place that I have found that sells a compact flash nic card for it.
3942  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The top 10 dead (or dying) computer skills on: June 05, 2007, 01:43:48 PM
I am about to learn C for the purpose of developing software for my pocket pc. I can't do it in Delphi.  Sad
3943  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why do so many micropayment systems fail? on: June 04, 2007, 10:44:12 PM
Mouser's well written article hits the nail right on the head in so many ways and is definitely worth reading.

Part of the problem with most of these micropayment companies has been that they require an initial deposit greater than the payment you originally wanted to make.

So you come along to a website that uses a particular micropayment company. You want to give the blogger or site owner $1. You click the link to go to the micropayment site and then have to make a $20 deposit.

You think to yourself "Hey, that's a lot more than the $1 I wanted to give. What am I going to do with the other $19 in my account after I send him the $1? Who else uses this micropayment company that I would want to donate to? Nobody. Forget this."

And then you close the page, and the guy you wanted to give the $1 to gets nothing.

The difference here at DC is that there is no minimum deposit you are required to make and there is a whole list of people you can donate to.

The idea of being able to use your DC account to make microdonations needs to be taken a bit more seriously by members. When you come across a developer of freeware that you would like to make a donation to and they are not DC members, drop them an email and let them know about the donation credits system here. It won't cost them anything to become a forum member here. Then they can be a part of it and even offer it as a donation option on their site, and in the about boxes in their software.

Of all the microdonation systems I have seen, ours has the greatest potential for major success, if it is more widely promoted by existing members. And the more it is promoted to developers and software lovers, the more new members we will end up with, making contributions to the community in other ways. We all know one of the best features here is the forum discussions that draw you in and beg for your input, so we will end up with more things to think about and discuss, and new people to do that with.

I look forward to the day when all software authors have a little pic of Cody on their site I can click and one can actually earn a living from receiving donations.  cheesy

This site has the potential of leading the way into the future where there could be sites like DonationMusician where you can donate direct to recording artists who offer their content for free and discuss all things music related with other music lovers and the musicians themselves, DonationArtist where you can donate to the guy that created your latest desktop wallpaper, DonationBlogger where you can make contributions to the writers of the blogs you read, etc.

OK, maybe I am dreaming...but if you are going to dream, dream big.
3944  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Why do so many micropayment systems fail? on: June 04, 2007, 07:12:42 PM
Four years ago, I wrote a piece called Fame vs Fortune: Micropayments and Free Content. The piece was sparked by the founding of a company called BitPass and its adoption by the comic artist Scott McCloud (author of the seminal Understanding Comics, among other things.) McCloud created a graphic work called “The Right Number”, which you had to buy using BitPass.

It didn’t work. BitPass went out of business in January of this year. I didn’t write about it at the time because its failure was a foregone conclusion. This isn’t just retrospective certainty, either; here’s what I said about BitPass in 2003:

BitPass will fail, as FirstVirtual, Cybercoin, Millicent, Digicash, Internet Dollar, Pay2See, and many others have in the decade since Digital Silk Road, the paper that helped launch interest in micropayments. These systems didn’t fail because of poor implementation; they failed because the trend towards freely offered content is an epochal change, to which micropayments are a pointless response.

3945  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The top 10 dead (or dying) computer skills on: June 04, 2007, 06:09:46 PM
Those in search of eternal life need look no further than the computer industry. Here, last gasps are rarely taken, as aging systems crank away in back rooms across the U.S., not unlike 1970s reruns on Nickelodeon's TV Land. So while it may not be exactly easy for Novell NetWare engineers and OS/2 administrators to find employers who require their services, it's very difficult to declare these skills -- or any computer skill, really -- dead.

3946  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: All-New Book from O'Rly on: June 04, 2007, 04:41:28 AM
There is a wiki site to go with this book: http://lolcode.com

Here is a sample of user contributed code, for a basic calculator:

[copy or print]

VISIBLE "Welcome to the basic calculator."


        VISIBLE "Can not parse line."

                OMG +
                        RESULT IZ UP NUMBER1!!NUMBER2
                OMG -
                        RESULT IZ DOWN NUMBER1!!NUMBER2
                OMG *
                        RESULT IZ TIMEZ NUMBER1!!NUMBER2
                OMG /
                        RESULT IZ DIVIDEZ NUMBER1!!NUMBER2
        VISIBLE "Didn't work :("
        DIAF! 2 "This is dieing"



And for a donation of a 12 pack of beer, you can attend a LOLCODE workshop: I CAN HAS VAR?
3947  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Finally, an answer to the garbage problem on: June 03, 2007, 05:21:40 PM
Joseph Longo's Plasma Converter turns our most vile and toxic trash into clean energy—and promises to make a relic of the landfill.

3948  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Strange Maps on: June 03, 2007, 05:16:14 PM
For those that love looking at maps, here is a collection of some of the strangest ones you will ever see.

3949  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The Truth About Lying and Laughing on: June 03, 2007, 05:12:15 PM
Why are we so bad at spotting a lie, do we smile when no one is looking, and what's the funniest joke ever told? Richard Wiseman took a scientific approach to answering some age-old questions

3950  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Flash Game: Virus 2 (puzzle) on: June 02, 2007, 05:14:13 PM
The object of this game is to take over the board with a single color.

You start at the bottom left. You have a limited number of attempts, which decrease with each round. Select a color from the 6 shown at the bottom of the screen to change your active color.

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