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3951  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: COLOURlovers on: October 23, 2007, 12:38:51 PM
I love this's called Arranged Marriage


It is made up of colors chosen not for their looks, but for their names:

  • Failing Marriage
  • kill the groom!
  • marriage piece
  • monster bride
  • Ending Marriage 

3952  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ¿A kid genius or an ambitious father? on: October 23, 2007, 12:10:40 PM
By the way, have you ever heard of those experiments where they do something like put ordinary preschool fingerpaint prints up in a fancy museum and all the critics think they are genius works of art? That cracks me up.

I heard about one done with art made by chimpanzees.  Grin
3953  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's the point of FlashGot (Firfox extension)? on: October 23, 2007, 12:06:54 PM
I had a download manager installed (older version of Flashget) that didn't seem to work with Firefox, even after following the instructions from the developer's site.

The trick to getting it to work was Flashgot.
3954  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Leech Attacks on: October 23, 2007, 12:00:52 PM

oh u got me on that renegade.Actually i made mistake on website by helping some of the readers in their programs.That was the mistake all these comments are result of that help i did few months ago.the guys i helped spread some word about the site and somehow misunderstood that i help others this way.

Hmm i dont know the solution to this problem.

Would you like to send them to my chatroom?

3955  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Freeware Screensaver with Space Theme on: October 23, 2007, 01:17:25 AM
Best space themed screensaver ever, isn't really a screensaver at all.

The free open source Stellarium can be launched as a 'screensaver' with the small IdleStart utility I made.

Just set IdleStart to load at startup with a shortcut in the Startup folder. In that shortcut, set the parameters for length of idle time and path to Stellarium.

Now you have the space screensaver to beat all.  Wink
3956  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Clever Programmerisms on: October 23, 2007, 12:51:58 AM
Dev-C++ users will appreciate this one...

Don't forget to strip after compiling.

I once gave someone a file to a small program I wrote. When he asked me why the file size was so large, my reply was that I forgot to strip after compiling. He thought the statement was funny enough to add to our chatroom's quote collection.

There was a script that would spit back a random quote from the list when triggered. One day, that quote of mine popped up and Martin thought it was hilarious.

This is the brief convo that took place immediately following his laughter...

<app> you mean you don't strip after compiling?
</\/\artin> I do the full monty just for 0 warnings!
</\/\artin> if I stripped for no C/C++ errors, then I'd put my coat on for no VB errors

Needless to say, we ended up with another quote in the collection that day.

3957  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FOUND: Free Internet Dial-Up Access on: October 18, 2007, 03:59:18 AM
NetZero/Juno still offer nationwide free dialup (ad supported, 10 hours per month, must use their software to connect).

Now this one was very interesting: provides access without the need to create an account...just use their numbers to connect and make up any name/pass you want when you do.

They offer free support through a forum only, which if their dialup is the only thing you have, it will be useless if you can't connect because you won't be able to access it for help.

They block the sending of mail with email clients, so you will need to use webmail for that. (you can still receive all the mail you want though), and they block newsgroup access. This is to keep their service from being abused by spammers.

This seems to be their only restrictions. No mention of ads, time limits or any other undesirable garbage, and they don't require you you to install any kind of special software.

Coverage area is pretty limited though. They only have 7 access numbers, all located in New England.
3958 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQUEST: Picture Codyfier on: October 16, 2007, 07:33:39 PM
Will Cody take the place of that fat, white bearded guy? Wink

I think Cody would be more likely to follow the tooth fairy know, the coins under the pillow thing she has going on...he would want those for his collection.
3959  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 5min Life Videopedia on: October 16, 2007, 06:10:45 PM
This is like a Youtube of how-to videos, with a special flash player that can display full screen with some unique features, such as zooming in, slow motion, frame-by-frame, storyboard, etc

5min is a place to find short video solutions for practical questions and a place for people to share their knowledge.

The idea behind 5min is very simple: any solution can be visually explained in no more than 5 minutes. Our goal is to create the first communal Life Videopedia allowing users from all over the globe to contribute their knowledge by sharing visual guides in areas such as arts, business, fashion, sports, health, tech, food, and much more.

5min's basic philosophy is that everybody is an expert in something and has something to teach others, so why not share that knowledge for the better of the whole? That's why we created a place to gather that collective knowledge onto one platform.

3960  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More uses for old stuff on: October 16, 2007, 05:23:08 PM
I really like this one:


and it has given me some ideas.  cheesy
3961  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Have any web-based applications replaced desktop apps for you? on: October 11, 2007, 11:11:36 PM
I don't see the advantages in a business or the average home environment, but for someone that is on the go that wouldn't have access to their own pc while traveling, web-based applications make a lot of sense.

Everything is online...accessable anywhere you have access to a browser and an internet connection. There is no need to worry about the ability/inability to install software on the machine you will be using.

Just drop into a public library in whatever city you are in and use one of their pc's to get some work done. If you don't finish, it will be ready & waiting for you at the library of the next city you happen to find yourself in.

And on that note, I think it opens up a lot of possibilities for people that don't even own a computer. Much less stuff you would have to stick on your thumbdrive if the applications are online, and even less if they store your data, too.
3962  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Which one do you prefer ? on: October 11, 2007, 10:10:40 PM
"Beauty is only a pixel deep"?

Can I sell you a jar of this anti-alias cream?


Or a flask of smudge ? (odd...)
or hair brushes that cure baldness?
3963  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tranparency in IE 6 on: October 11, 2007, 10:02:14 PM
You could give K-Meleon a try.

It uses the same engine as Firefox but it is much lighter on resources. When used with the symbiotic loader, it opens faster than IE. I wrote a review about it on my Snailware blog.

This would solve the problem of .png's with transparencies being displayed properly, without adding the problems you mentioned about using Firefox.
3964  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best way to start learning C++? on: October 11, 2007, 08:16:46 PM
Practice exercises aren't always interesting. If you have a pet project you will want to work on it and the learning will come naturally.

That is why I made this page: Stupid C Stuff
3965  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you archive/store your downloads (mainly install files)? on: October 11, 2007, 03:27:00 PM
If you lose one of your versions, you can see if its archived at

Similar site:

I save everything...I am a packrat.

Keep in mind 4 of the primary reasons for saving older setup files:

1. Newer doesn't mean better.
2. Sometimes freeware goes payware.
3. System requirements may increase in newer versions while the hardware on your PC may not.
4. A lot of great little known freeware has a tendency to disappear from the web and become lost forever.

I have setup files for applications, or versions of applications, that I will probably never use again, but that doesn't mean I will get rid of them.

I have recently found myself contributing to the collection, filling requests on their forum for stuff that is near impossible to find, and in some cases supplying English versions to applications where the older version that is most commonly found, is in a different language.

I also inherited a lot of setup files from my father. I think it could possibly be the entire Tucows Windows collection of 1999. I don't even know what half of it is.  Grin

My dad has this habit of hitting a download site and getting everything he can and including it on a special partition with any pc he gives as a gift. The collection grows larger with every pc. My first PC from him came with a collection of about 100 setup files. My second came with over 300! It is up to the receiver of the pc to find out what it all is. It's actually kind of fun.

One of the greatest discoveries I have come across in the collection is an ancient, free, mildly crippled, non-expiring demo of an application for ripping CD's (CD Stripper). As it turned out, it is the ONLY thing I can use on my old P1 that will work and not crash. I did buy the most recent version of it, but alas, just like the rest of the CD ripping software I tried, it crashes on the old PC. I would have loved to have been able to purchase & receive a full version setup of the ancient one instead. I only bought the newer one because I felt they deserved my was more or less a donation, since I will never use the newer one on any pc I own. (I already have much better tools that can do same job on newer pc's)

CD Stripper..

Also, as a favor for friends that own older 9x pc's, I give their old snails new life by reinstalling their OS for them, properly configuring it, and supplying older freeware that will run better on it than the newer versions they would probably end up with if I didn't supply the older ones. So there is actually a need for me to keep all that old junk, the way I see it. It saves me a lot of time & trouble hunting down those files online while I am at their house, not to mention the extra time needed to download it all over dialup (most of them are still dialup users).

As far as archiving them, I do this as I download them, kind of. Everything gets it's own folder...I will make a note of the version number either in the name of the subfolder in which I store it and all related documentation, or in the file name itself.

It initially goes into an 'Untried' folder if it is something I have never used. Once installed, the application's setup folder is moved to the 'Installed' folder. Once uninstalled, it gets moved to a 'Not Installed' folder. If I had a good reason for uninstalling it, there will be a text file added with the reason, to remind me just in case I should get the crazy notion to try it again. Call it a personal mini review, if you like.
3966  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Have any web-based applications replaced desktop apps for you? on: October 10, 2007, 11:11:37 PM
I have actually found myself replacing web-based stuff with some sort of desktop application when I can.

I have switched from using the web-based & wordpress editors to Windows Live Writer. (I absolutely LOVE it!)

Sometimes things are a bit of a combo of both, like using yahoo's notepad & calendar with the desktop widget notepad & todo list. I never really had a use for either till I got the widgets. It was too much bother to open the web pages and use it that way, but on my desktop I like it.

Same goes with I love it, but having the browser window open bugs me, so I use it with OpenPandora.

About the only thing I really have switched to a web-based app is gmail. But just like Josh, I wish there was a way to download it easily to keep a local copy, just as I have it, with all the labels intact for each email. I don't want to have a folder based system for my email any more. It would be great to be able to have some sort of desktop email client specifically made for archiving gmail locally.
3967 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: (10+2)*5 Timer on: October 10, 2007, 09:56:16 PM
You are more than welcome.  smiley
3968  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Error messages everyone can understand on: October 10, 2007, 09:27:44 PM
That's not an animation. That is a live feed from the webcam in her bathroom.

 redface The state inspector said it was a new electrical outlet they were installing...not a web cam!
3969  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Install multiple versions of IE on your PC on: October 10, 2007, 08:59:00 PM
Ever wanted to test your website in various versions of Internet Explorer?

It is possible to run Internet Explorer in standalone mode without having to over-write previous versions thanks to Joe Maddalone who came up with a way of achieving that in November 2003. Basically, Internet Explorer is run by exploiting a known workaround to DLL hell - which was introduced in Windows 2000 and later versions - called DLL redirection.

There is an installer available that will install IE3 IE4.01 IE5 IE5.5 and IE6 and allow you to run them on the same machine at the same time.

3970  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Total Text Container (PIM) on: October 10, 2007, 02:57:48 PM
Its a freeware application. Thats all there is to it Thmbsup

Sourceforge is for open source projects...meaning you have to have an open source license and provide the sourcecode for the application. It is part of the agreement all developers have with Sourceforge that allows them to have their projects to be hosted there for free.
3971  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Error messages everyone can understand on: October 10, 2007, 12:37:38 PM
This was sent to me by hollowlife1987:


I have suggested mouser add this one to Dr Windows.

then hamradio found the page with it and even more:

3972  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Code Snippet Storage/Library/Catalog/Organizer/GinzuSwissArmyKnife on: October 10, 2007, 12:52:09 AM
My huge quest for such a tool was how I found DC. I ended up following a link from Google to the famous note taking discussion.

I never did find exactly what I wanted, but Developer's Tips & Tricks is about as close as I have come.

I believe it is portable and can be run from a usb thumbdrive. He has both an installer version and a .zip version available.

What I like about DTT is that it doesn't store the snippets in an actual database, and it creates files within its folders with the same directory structure as in the application, with the proper file extension for the particular language of each snippet.

This makes it easy to manage your collection either manually or through the application's GUI, and I can even share the files with others quite easily from my web server. I also don't have to worry about a corrupted database destroying my entire collection. And I can copy a code file easily and drop it into a project's folder for use.

It is donationware, the author is FSL, he is a DC member, and donating does have its perks. He gives you access to the privileged users area of his site where you can download versions of any of his applications with some extra features added. (his way of thanking you) You also get to beta test new stuff before he releases it to the rest of the world.

The big bonuses you get with DTT when you become a privileged user is the ability to search, code folding for some of the languages it supports, some export options (like HTML, rtf), and an extra hotkey to restore the application from the tray.

This application has evolved quite a bit in the last year and keeps getting better & better. I have a feeling I may never find exactly what I am looking for (whatever that is) but if I wait a little longer FSL may surprise me and turn DTT into it and I can finally stop looking.
3973  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Replace Windows XP's Icons on: October 09, 2007, 08:35:55 PM
I have always used Microangelo to change mine. It comes with a nice set of icon libraries and you can use just about any icon library or .ico file with it. (or make your own with it)

Microangelo Toolset 6 comes with Microangelo On Display, for free.
3974  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Ponder This on: October 09, 2007, 07:42:13 PM
You are cordially invited to match wits with some of the best minds in IBM Research.

Seems some of us can't see a problem without wanting to take a crack at solving it. Does that sound like you? Good. Forge ahead and ponder this month's problem. We'll post a new one every month, and allow two to three weeks for you to submit solutions (we may even publish submitted answers, especially if they're correct). We won't reply individually to submitted solutions but every few days we will update a list of people who answered correctly. Towards the end of the month, we'll post the answer.

October 2007 Challenge:
There are 5 platonic solids, the tetrahedron (4 vertices, 4 triangular faces, 6 edges), the cube (8 vertices, 6 square faces, 12 edges), the octahedron (6 vertices, 8 triangular faces, 12 edges), the dodecahedron (20 vertices, 12 pentagonal faces, 30 edges) and the icosahedron (12 vertices, 20 triangular faces, 30 edges). Consider open models of these solids with wire edges connecting the vertices. Suppose each wire has unit resistance. For each case find the total resistance between a pair of adjacent vertices. Express each answer as a rational number.

Hint: The answers can be found by brute force but there is a way to use symmetry.

I can't even begin to understand the problems, nevermind solve them. huh
3975  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Question: Quickest way to receive spam? on: October 09, 2007, 03:27:00 PM
Go to this 2 message boards/guestbooks and post a request for sites in English where you can buy the band's (Aria) albums, and make sure you put your email address in the body of the post so it is easily seen:

You will start getting tons of Russian spam that will never stop.  Grin
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