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3951  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for an E-Mail Client which can be run on an USB Stick on: September 30, 2007, 05:50:56 PM
if you need a POP email client, and a ton more, try the one included with Floppy Office. (it's nPOPuk)

NPopUK  is a full featured email client (a far improved version of the brilliant nPOP itself), which as it is, can almost replace MS Outlook Express. It supports authentication, address book, multiple POP accounts and much more!

Floppy office is a collection of small portable utilities perfect for a USB stick, and the whole collection is actually small enough to fit on a single floppy. There are at least 15 applications in it:

Quote from: Floppy Office v3.4  from
KPad ( - A simple MDI Rich Text editor
(replaces Wordpad)

NPop ( - A complete POP3 email client
(almost replaces Outlook Express)

Ted ( - An unbelievably full featured notepad replacement which
supports unicode.(completely replaces notepad, and then some)

EVE ( A vector editor graphics program which can serve as a flow chart tool
(replaces MS Paint, even though Paint is a bitmap editor...)

iFtp ( A simple FTP client
(replaces WSFTP)

110k Zipper (100ziper.exe) - A small zip/unzip utility
(almost replaces Winzip)

PDF Producer ( - A simple text-PDF conversion application
(almost replaces PDF printer driver)

Spread32 ( -  A full-featured spreasheet program.
Version 19991112 Beta is the last free one. (almost replaces MS Excel)

MemPad ( - keeps little tree sytle notes with a handy index.
(handy rudimentary outliner)

RenameFiles ( - a handy program for
renaming multiple files in a single step


dsCrypt (dscrypt.exe) - An AES/Rijndael file encryption software

X-Pass ( - X-Pass reveals all system password fields

dsDEL (dsdel.exe) - dsDEL is a secure file deletion utility

TinyWeb Server ( - Complete web server, WWW supports MIME file typing, CGI, common log format, and multi-hosting

TinyBox ( - A graphical user interface for TinyWeb Server!
There is a newer version 3.9 available but I haven't downloaded it yet.

3952  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: how do you represent 'time' in your head? on: September 28, 2007, 09:52:50 PM
This probably wouldn't help you design a diagram at all, and I am not sure if this is what you meant, but this is how I see it...and some of it is probably pretty weird...

Thinking of hours, minutes, seconds...I am kind of classic, with an old analog style clock in my head that runs on 12hr time. The color changes between white (midnight - noon) & black (noon-midnight). A day is 2 circles that overlap each other.

Weeks are pretty much a straight line, like a typical wall are months. When I think of a day in relation to a week or a month, they are pretty much like marking it on a calendar page. They are no longer circles.

A year is circular, moving counter-clockwise, with January at the top, and August at the bottom. (Yes, I know that this is a bit disproportionate but that's how I see it)

The progression of years...

It is a line...moving from left (past) to right (present/future). The time of my birth is at the center, straight in front of me (or slightly to the left of that point). Putting my arms straight out in front of me, the present is in line with my right hand...the future, transparent and off beyond my right hand. The year 1900 sits at my left hand. Everything before that is beyond my left hand.

Each year is a disk on that line, with them overlapping in blocks to represent decades, or centuries, depending on what I am thinking about.

Sometimes I perceive this with color, if it helps to keep things in perspective and separate blocks of time from others.

Visualizing actual events (either from memory or just imagination of the past from before my life)...Everything from 1970 to present is in color...things between 1900 - 1970 are in black & white. Going back in time, everything from about the middle ages to 1900 are in sepia tones...anything before that is in color again. The future is translucent and ghosty.

Do the images in my head move, like video? Only things during my lifetime...everything else is like old photos or paintings.
3953  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Brand new web-based live text chat channel interface -- try it! on: September 28, 2007, 10:19:31 AM
I know what the problem is...

Adding 'dc' to the beginning of names creates the possibility of a name beginning with 'dcc' which efnet will not allow because they think it is a 'dcc bot' (file server bot used for distribution of warez & crap)

Maybe if your script can detect when someone enters a name beginning with 'C', and it could insert an underscore before it to separate it from the 'dc' prefix...that could fix the problem.
3954  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking For Online HTML Page Creator on: September 28, 2007, 01:39:18 AM
I was just about to reply with the same one lanux128 found. After a lot of searching and comparing, that was the best one that I found. It was the only real WYSIWYG one that came up in my results, that wasn't attached to some type of free web hosting service.  Thmbsup
3955  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Online Privacy Policy Generator on: September 28, 2007, 01:25:53 AM
Constructing a privacy policy for your website, from scratch, can be a complicated process... but it really doesn't have to be any more.

Here is a cool 'fill in the blanks' approach that will generate a complete privacy policy page for your site, quickly and easily.

You have the options to generate an HTML page in which you can save, or you can have it emailed to you as either HTML or plain text.

3956  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Software for Starving Students on: September 27, 2007, 11:34:12 PM

Software for Starving Students is a free collection of programs organized for students (but available to anyone). We've gathered a list of best-in-class programs onto one CD (one disc for OS X, one for Windows), including a full-featured office suite, a cutting-edge web browser, multi-media packages, academic tools, utilities and more. For more information, check out our Questions and Answers.

What is included:
OS XWindows
  • Adium
  • Audacity
  • Bleezer
  • Blender
  • Cashbox
  • Celestia
  • Cyberduck
  • Firefox
  • FreeDMG
  • Freemind
  • Genius
  • GeoGebra
  • GLtron
  • HandBrake
  • ImageBurner
  • Latin WORDS
  • Monolingual
  • NeoOffice
  • NVU
  • Pac the Man X
  • Platypus
  • POV-Ray
  • Quinn
  • Schoolhouse
  • Seashore
  • Smultron
  • Stellarium
  • Thunderbird
  • Transmission
  • TypeTrainer4Mac
  • VideoLAN Client
  • 7-Zip
  • Ant Renamer
  • Audacity
  • AutoGK
  • Blender
  • Celestia
  • ClamWin
  • Dia
  • Exact Audio Copy
  • FileZilla
  • Firefox
  • Foobar2000
  • Freeciv
  • GeoGebra
  • Icebreaker
  • InfraRecorder
  • Inkscape
  • jMemorize
  • Juice Receiver
  • KeePass
  • MozBackup
  • MP3Gain
  • Notepad++
  • Paint.NET
  • Pidgin
  • POV-Ray
  • PuTTY
  • Scribus
  • Spybot S&D
  • Stellarium
  • SuperTux
  • Thunderbird
  • Tortoise SVN
  • Tux Typing 2
  • ĀµTorrent
  • VLC Media Player
  • WinDirStat
  • Wink
  • winLAME

from Lifehacker
3957 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: (10+2)*5 Timer on: September 27, 2007, 01:08:52 AM
now this is the *ideal* program to be merged with Temptation Blocker, which has been sadly abandoned by its author. the program blocks your distractions ((firefox/IE mostly for me) on the computer, though it lacks a key feature: once you take a break, nothing stops you frmo making it two hours long! Read more about the program, with soutce available:

Could someone bring both goodies together?

If someone could figure out how to make something similar, in 2 parts (one to lock, one to release) my next version of Instant Boss will be able to run them at appropriate times (run lock b4 work, release b4 break)

A user requested the ability to launch programs, open files, and run scripts at various points during the work/break cycle and it is something I will be adding.

This has a smart timer built into it.
Basically if there is no mouse or keyboard entry for x minutes, the software assumes the person is not there and resets the break timer when hey return.
This also follows the WORK+BREAK Algorythm

Option to automatically pause after a user specified length of system idle time will be added as well, but this feature will not be available for 9x users, since there is no easy way for me to do it for that OS without causing issues on slow machines. I'll still be thinking up some 'crafty' workaround so 9x users will eventually have a working substitute feature.
3958  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Webfind) Programmer Personality Test on: September 25, 2007, 01:50:05 AM

You're a Planner.
You may be slow, but you'll usually find the best solution. If something's worth doing, it's worth doing right.

You like coding at a High level.
The world is made up of objects and components, you should create your programs in the same way.

You work best in a Solo situation.
The best way to program is by yourself. There's no communication problems, you know every part of the code allowing you to write the best programs possible.

You are a liBeral programmer.
Programming is a complex task and you should use white space and comments as freely as possible to help simplify the task. We're not writing on paper anymore so we can take up as much room as we need.
3959  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Blondie still going strong on: September 21, 2007, 05:28:51 PM
I had Eat to the Beat on 8-track.  tongue

Atomic and Shayla were 2 of my fav songs when I was 13-14...but the whole album was great.  Kiss

Strange trivia: Back in 1996, the New Jersey State Treasury Department used "One Way or Another" as their theme song for their tax amnesty program, that tried to get tax cheats to turn themselves in, granting them immunity from prosecution if they did.  Grin

Patco licenses both the music of "One Way Or Another" and the original Blondie recording for a Tax Amnesty offered by the New Jersey State Treasury Department. The radio and television campaign, created by Gianettino and Meredith of Short Hills, New Jersey, runs for three months and causes the state to collect $60,000,000.00 in back taxes. No doubt it had something to do with the lyrics of the song assuring delinquent taxpayers that "One way, or another, I'm gonna find ya, I'm gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha...."
3960  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What Are My Options To Test On Mac OS X? on: September 18, 2007, 06:46:54 PM
There is PearPC.

This was recommended when I asked rkarman this same question about 8 months ago, on behalf of a friend when she needed to compile & test a Mac version of her application.

I remembered him saying he used something at his job but at that time I couldn't remember what it was called. I'll see if I can persuade him to leave a comment about his experiences with it.

You will still need a copy of the OS disks.
3961  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Put That Old Computer To Good Use on: September 18, 2007, 12:18:04 AM
Unless you are forced to rely on it as your main PC, you may be tempted to throw an older computer away, thinking it is useless and obsolete. But don't make that mistake!

Over on Daily Cup of Tech is a great article about twelve useful things you can do with an older PC, that you may be thinking of permanently retiring. All kinds of things from a firewall/router to a file server to a bittorrent box.

So head on over and get some ideas and don't put the snail on the curb just yet. It still has plenty of life left in it.

3962  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Prelude to request for help for distributed pc cycles help from dc community on: September 16, 2007, 11:28:23 PM
it would be fantastic if TOOWILD could help out.   cheesy
3963  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Prelude to request for help for distributed pc cycles help from dc community on: September 16, 2007, 09:53:54 PM
I have a 233mhz on dialup that can be used exclusively for this for as long as you need, and I have my 3.2 ghz main pc that is always running and online.
3964 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA - Always on top, hotkey activated StopWatch on: September 15, 2007, 08:56:56 PM
Sure...not a problem. I'd be happy to add it.  smiley
3965  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Comments to this forum: regarding display image on: September 15, 2007, 03:01:05 AM
The problem with linked images is if the link dies, so does the image.

What if the image you are linking to is gone in a month or 2 or 6? The post you linked the image in will be showing a broken image.

If you attach the image however, it will be there for the life of the forum.
3966  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming Can Ruin Your Life: A Fantastic Blog Essay on the Mind of a Coder on: September 14, 2007, 02:57:11 AM
Even though I will use the term programmer to include both programmers & developers, there is a difference between the two and how they think about what they do, so if you don't agree with this guy's essay or what I am about to say, it could be because one is written by a programmer and the other by a developer.

  • For a developer, the application is the work of art, and the code is the paintbrush that creates it.
  • For a programmer, the code is the work of art.

Programmers become obsessed with perfection.

I think we are born obsessed with perfection, rather than become that way.

I have been a picky perfectionist for as long as I can remember, way before I knew what a computer was. Since early childhood..putting my dolls away in their original clothing, including all accessories, in their original packaging...sorting my clothes by color in my closet.

If it doesn't fit my idea of perfection it annoys me. I will see only the flaws until they are all fixed. And this is in everything. And I will spend way too much time fixing things most people wouldn't bother with.

Is programming the road to ruin? Or is it that those with a predilection for detail and mental gymnastics find themselves drawn to it. Perhaps it simply exacerbates a pre-existing mindset. There are certainly other traits (stereotypical or not) that most programmers seem to share.

I think the latter would be more accurate.

I think most programmers will recognize some of themselves in this essay -- but it's real value may be to those people who live with coders and want some insight into why they are the way they are.

So if you're a coder with a significant other, print this out and give your loved one a copy to read.  It may help them understand why you are the way you are..

It really doesn't explain it at all. We are what we are, and are the way we are, before we are even exposed to programming. It's not programming that does it to's why we are attracted to it.

We are programmers on the inside long before we even understand what that means or even type our first line of code. The way of thinking is already there, programming may just make that way of thinking become more refined.

Our kind existed long before computers. We were always the builders, inventors, tinkerers, and creators. Your grandmother may have been one of us if she loved to crochet. It can be compared to coding in asm. And you can be almost sure that if she spent any large amount of her spare time doing it, she was thinking about it and stitching and creating new patterns in her mind while she was doing other things. (crocheting was something else I took to, at a young age, like a duck takes to water)

The article does a so-so job of explaining what we are, and to a degree why we may be attracted to programming, but not really accurate about why we think the way we do.

A friend of mine once said that programmers are at least 70% control freak, and that you will rarely find 2 programmers married to each other and it actually working, because in the relationship each wants their 70% of the control and that adds up to 140%, which is why it doesn't work.

And that in an environment in which 2 or more programmers are teamed to work together on the same project, it only can work if they consider themselves as members of the same team in a game of programmer vs machine.

And if they are too much over the 70% mark, they won't work well with other programmers because they will want all the power & control over the machine for themselves and will be unwilling to share enough to get the job done. These are the ones that are better off working by themselves.

I don't know how true the 70% figure is, but I do understand the programmer vs machine game and the desire to win and be in charge of the machine, rather than the machine being in charge of you. (even though we all know the machine is always in charge of you any way, I am referring to the idea of getting it to do what you want rather than it doing as it pleases and driving you mad)

I guess she could be right about how much we want to be in control of things in other areas of our lives that don't involve computers, such as our relationships. And I think we may also react to a lack of control in those other areas by burying ourselves in our work in order to compensate for that lack of control. That we will do anything to have it, or at least feel like we have it, somewhere, as if to say if you can't be in control of your life you will go be in control of a computer, instead.

I also think that programmers are like drug addicts. There is no high in the world quite like the one you get when you think you have won that programmer vs machine game, and solved a difficult problem or completed a project, or found and fixed an elusive bug that has been driving you crazy. It is the best feeling in the world, and it's quite addictive. It keeps you coming back for more....and more...and more.

I think a lot of programmers and software engineers/developers fall under the INTJ personality type. Many of you are probably already familiar with the Myers Briggs typology.

I am an ENFP:
3967  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Stay Away From Microsoft VISTA on: September 12, 2007, 07:02:51 PM
Get on down the road, take the time to get familiar with Vista, spring for new hardware if what you use is not supported in Vista. But get with the 21st century.

XP is a 21st century OS!  tongue

So is WinME!  cheesy
3968  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Instant Boss featured on Lifehacker on: September 12, 2007, 06:28:22 PM
A lot of traffic? I think that is an understatement.

Up until this, the amount of bandwidth used by my sites and the other sites I host, averaged between 1.2G and 1.5G per month. I have already used 2.8G and the month isn't even half over.  ohmy

If you are curious as to what it looks like when a site gets "lifehacker'd" take a look:


I am just so glad that I ditched free servers and that the hosting I pay for, the server can handle it and my account covers what ever amount of bandwidth I need.  smiley


It has taken me awhile to be able to respond to this thread.

No, it's not that I was busy and didn't have the time, or that I didn't know the thread was here. I don't handle compliments very well. They usually make be feel very uncomfortable. But unless I responded, this thread would be like a party without the guest of honor. So I am obliged to do so. It wouldn't be appropriate for me to go run & hide, even if that is really what I feel like doing right now.

Sometimes I am amazed at what people like and make a big deal over, especially if it's something of mine that gets the attention.

I have often felt like a small child with their crayon scribbles on display with everyone around me patting me on the head and telling me how nice it is. I have felt as if the attention I was being given was undeserved. I am basically still a beginner with a lot to learn. What I did was no big deal.

And then I remind myself that there are plenty of people that can't handle 'hello world', nevermind anything more complex.

And I remember the folder on my hard drive, full of applications written by people I know, who supposedly know more about programming than I do. Most of these are unfinished, abandoned, horrible GUI's, or just very buggy.

And then I remember some of the stuff I have seen released as shareware and some of the crazy price tags attached to them....'painted turds' being passed off as 'fine art' that seem to be released for the purpose of greed.

While I may not have a very high opinion of the work I do, I guess I can understand why others do.

at the very least...

  • I gave some time (not something everyone has)
  • to write some code (not something everyone can do)
  • and gave it away for free (not something everyone would do)


Thanks for all the compliments & stuff.

I am going to go run & hide now, if that is ok?
3969  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DC-IRL DD #5 - BELLEVILLE, NJ on: September 12, 2007, 02:36:12 PM
Unless others in NJ would like to do this still, I believe this has been canceled.

Josh will not be able to attend due to not having the time to drive up here, like he had hoped he would.

Additionally, I have some problems of my own that make it near impossible for me to host and/or attend any events for at least the near future. When things improve for me, I will post here to let everyone know and maybe we can plan something then.
3970  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Looking for a very specific programming language ide on: September 08, 2007, 03:05:31 AM
ActiveBasic (Japanese)
3971  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Stay Away From Microsoft VISTA on: September 05, 2007, 11:57:03 PM
Look at .NET apps - they don't use the registry,

That's not true. I have plenty of .NET apps installed that DO use the registry to save settings.
3972  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Settings backup software? on: September 05, 2007, 07:06:21 PM
Genie Backup Manager is very similar to what I was thinking...only it's not free.  Sad

And I was thinking more of just the registry settings for each application, giving people a nice list with check boxes that will tell you just what you are backing up and restoring and let you select just what you want or need. Instead of some cryptic mumbo jumbo, you'll know just what you are doing because it will be in the simplest language possible.

If done right, the average user wouldn't even need to read a help file to know what he is doing.

And if the settings could be saved as a single .exe (since people do understand how to run an .exe, while the idea of a .reg can scare many), it could be easily run to quickly restore those settings without the program itself and it might even be possible to create fixes for other people that may have screwed something up on their system.

Could be a great tech support tool.

AHHHHH! ...the images in my head are getting too complicated to even put into words!   ohmy
3973  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Settings backup software? on: September 05, 2007, 05:54:15 PM let's get back on topic here...

Would anybody be interested in an application that will do what I suggested? Starting with Windows, and then adding other applications 1 at a time as their registry settings can be deciphered, supporting more & more applications with each release?

Or maybe something with a plugin architecture that will allow the user to be able to add plugins for the extra applications that they have, and allow others to write and submit plugins for it. (I think this is better as I don't think any one developer can possibly be able to include all the important settings for every version of every application that exists)

The more I think about this idea, the more complex it becomes and it is at the point in my mind that it has become something I don't think I am qualified to create. It is becoming a power registry 'decoder' and backup/restore/repair tool...done in a way the common person can understand and use.
3974  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What would you consider your biggest waste of time project? on: September 04, 2007, 12:09:02 PM
I had this friend that was staying at my house for awhile. She had an odd hobby: she stole magnets off cars in the middle of the night. (actually, she had a lot of odd hobbies)

She had a huge box full of them at my place and many more boxes of them at her mom's house.

I started writing an application for her to keep track of what she had in her collection. (she had no idea I was doing this)

If I had finished it, it would have been a lot of work for an application usable by only a single person (her), and I wasn't even sure she would want, like, or use it. But I kept working on it any a crazy woman.

I was out of my mind.

I used VB 6.  embarassed

I had no internet for about a week.  ohmy

I was in a lot of pain with a leg injury and couldn't walk.  Sad

I was giggling the whole time like I had snapped.  Grin

Lucky for me I got my internet back and snapped out of it and stopped working on that project before it went too far. It was also the last time I ever did anything in VB 6.


me - internet = insanity
3975  Other Software / Developer's Corner / What would you consider your biggest waste of time project? on: September 04, 2007, 08:01:38 AM
This is not about code that you may have written for SomeCompany Inc.

And it's not about code for a project that you eventually released to the public.

This is about code that you slaved away with night after night, till the wee hours of the morning, losing many hours of sleep. Code that was of no interest to anyone in the world but you, at that time. Something you became totally obsessed over for reasons that may (or may not) be only known to you.

We have all had projects that have made others ask the question "why?", but have you ever spent too long on something that made you ask yourself "why?" at the end?

So what "probably-shouldn't-exist" code have you wasted way too much time on?  tellme
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