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3951  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Kinship diagrams (and genealogy) on: August 18, 2007, 09:32:39 AM
The Master Genealogist is supposed to be one of the best, most powerful, feature rich ones available.

It is intended for professionals and those that are obsessed with recording every last detail, right down to DNA logs for DNA test results.

Supports GEDCOM and importing from over 20+ other applications.

It is even capable of publishing a book complete with contents, footnotes, multiple indexes and bibliography.

There are also a number of companion products, in case the ton of features they give you isn't enough.

They have a downloadable guided tour that will take you through the basics.

Cons: It has a higher price tag ($59.00 download/$79.95 on disk - gold version) and because it is so feature loaded, it has a steeper learning curve.

3952  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The software awards scam on: August 18, 2007, 02:59:42 AM
I posted my thoughts on this at JoS. It's dangerous... I think a can of worms has been opened and there're going to be some real problems.

If the crappy sites that never check anything and hand out bogus awards get hit with PAD spamming, then let it happen. It will make those sites easy for the consumer to spot and they won't bother with them any more.

That will leave only the quality sites left, that actually check what stuff they are posting on their pages.

Rather than being just a bad thing, I think it will be nothing but good.
3953  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Skype trouble on: August 17, 2007, 01:49:31 AM
Here is some more information about the Skype problem: 
3954  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: My Windows Cursors on: August 15, 2007, 08:49:13 PM
and you hear a flushing sound when you empty it.  tongue
I use a program that makes a flushing noise while cleaning, but how did you get the recycle bin to do it tellme
That would be hilarious to do it on all my computers at a set interval every day Grin

  • First you need a wav file of a flushing sound. (one attached to post)
  • Then go to Start> Settings> Control Panel> Sounds and Audio Devices.
  • Click on the Sounds tab.
  • Under Windows Explorer, you will find an entry for Empty Recycle Bin.
  • Click that and then click the Browse button and find the flush wav file and select it.
  • Click Apply.
  • Click OK.
  • Go empty your Recycle Bin and hear it flush.  Grin

I don't know if you will hear the sound when running utilities that empty the Recycle Bin for you, but you will hear it if you manually empty it by either opening the Recycle Bin and clicking Empty Recycle Bin...or by right clicking the Recycle Bin icon and selecting to empty it from there.
3955  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Latest MS updates borks WinXP? on: August 15, 2007, 08:37:12 PM
Out of curiosity, what kind of CPU is in the machines affected?

There was issues for some people with KB936357 being installed even though it wasn't intended for their specific CPU and it causing a bunch of problems.

If that is one of the updates you installed, you might want to take a look here: http://cranialsoup.blogsp...07/07/kb936357-funky.html

And everyone else should too, because there is a serious problem with that update on some machines. It contains microcode for your system's BIOS and is meant only for certain CPU's. For those CPU's it is a necessary update, or you need to update your BIOS with something from your motherboard manufacturer instead.

But if your CPU is NOT on the list, do NOT let it install!

On some systems, it is misdetecting the CPU type and trying to install itself, with disastrous effects to either the computer or a router that may be attached to it.
3956  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ARGHHH .... CD/DVD burning woes ... any ideas. on: August 15, 2007, 07:42:41 PM
Hmmm ... just burned 10 DVDs without a single error - so presumably it was a bad pack.

Now what do I do with about 35 Verbatim discs that don't record properly?

If you still have your receipt, how about contacting the manufacturer for a replacement or refund?
3957  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: suffering online status anxiety on: August 15, 2007, 02:13:05 PM
Just do 'your thing'. Sooner or later someone will appreciate it for what it is. As long as you enjoy doing it, it doesn't matter who else appreciates it, any way.

And like mitzevo said...stick with it. And if you like what you are doing, that part is easy.

Just remember something...the most appreciated things on the internet are of unknown origin. You may have already contributed to that and not know it.
3958  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Flash Game of the Week: Escape Game [RGB] on: August 14, 2007, 10:34:26 PM
The object of this insane puzzle game is to get out of the room. Click on things and stuff may happen, and you may get some clues.

3959  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help with concepts. on: August 14, 2007, 04:44:43 PM
1. IBM Compatible
2. How USB Ports Work
3a. How RAM Works
3b. How Computer Memory Works

And you will probably learn a lot more answers to computer questions you haven't asked yet, here:  http://computer.howstuffworks.com/
3960  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Hard Disk Partition turns from NTFS to RAW !!! on: August 14, 2007, 10:48:48 AM
I have had some weird probs with things being reported as RAW when they were really FAT32, on a brand new hard drive. I couldn't get windows to recognize them for what they were.

Might want to take a look at this post and see some of the suggestions people made: http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=7214.0
3961  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DC-IRL DD #5 - BELLEVILLE, NJ on: August 13, 2007, 12:47:42 PM
It's the magical cherry blossom trees...they act as a magnet, attracting people from all over the world. (even when they are not in bloom) Wink


Some more pics I took this past spring:
3962  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Educational Software reviews? on: August 12, 2007, 11:17:10 PM
I was just thinking about what our review section at DonationCoder is missing and needs.

September is almost upon us and in the US that means back to school...so what we need are some reviews of educational software for children.

Maybe I can encourage the members with kids (or teachers) to share their experiences and possibly get their kids (or students) involved with helping them write some reviews? (a child's point of view is very important in this category)

I found a great page with tons of reviews, but most of them are quite old, dating from about 1998-2003, and it seems that nothing is downloadable, only for purchase on disk.

But this is the kind of software I am thinking of and I think it could be a great addition to our review collection.

So maybe we can start by listing what is available, downloadable (freeware/donationware/shareware), and for what ages/subjects and see if we can get some reviews going.

What do you think? Does this sound like a good idea?
3963  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Corel Educational bundles deals on: August 12, 2007, 09:28:30 PM
Paintshop Pro XI: $59.99
Education Edition
Comes with Free training CD from lynda.com, Free camera kit.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 : $99
Student & Teacher Edition
Comes with Free training CD from lynda.com, Free camera kit.

WordPerfect Office X3: $99.99
Student & Teacher Edition
Comes with Free training CD from lynda.com, Free camera kit.

Corel Painter X: $99
Education Edition
Comes with Free training CD from lynda.com, Free camera kit.

Ulead Video Studio 11: $49.99
Comes with Free camera kit.

InterVideo DVD Copy 5 Platinum: $35.99
Comes with Free camera kit.

InterVideo WinDVD 8 Platinum: $49.99
Comes with Free camera kit.

Available while quantities last. Valid in North America only. All prices shown in USD.

And from what I understand, this is physical delivery on disk...not download versions.

3964  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Silly Idea? A program that counts out loud on: August 10, 2007, 06:02:33 AM
It would end up sounding like an automated telephone information system at best. (the one for directory assistance)

It doesn't really seem all that hard to do, just thinking about it...but it probably will be harder than I think in practice.
3965  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Top 3 programs you use on: August 10, 2007, 02:31:32 AM
Giving it some more thought, and after considering a few things about the purpose of providing this list of applications, I would have to revise it to not include anything that loads at startup, since it's research for some type of application launcher.

Since it has been suggested to leave out the boring browsers and email clients, I am going to have to change the entire list.

Here are the top 3 things that I use that are not a browser or email client, do not load at startup, aren't launched automatically from within or by another application, and are instead launched manually by some sort of shortcut:

1. Windows Live Writer (best desktop blogging application I have ever used)
2. Notepad 2 (I click the icon to open that more times a day than I can count)
3. Paintshop Pro

(I just took the top 3 that qualified for the revised list from my wakoopa profile)
3966  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DC-IRL DD #5 - BELLEVEUE, NJ on: August 09, 2007, 03:47:28 PM
You spelled the town name wrong.  tongue


For those that may be unfamiliar with where that 3 square mile patch of land is, it's a suburb of Newark, and bordered by Kearny, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, Nutley, and Bloomfield.
3967  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is Beautiful Code A Succubus on: August 09, 2007, 01:11:39 PM
Thank you. I am glad someone has finally given me an answer that makes sense and doesn't confuse me more.
3968  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is Beautiful Code A Succubus on: August 08, 2007, 10:38:26 PM

That didn't help any, at all. Is there a simple definition of what qualifies as beautiful/elegant code? Or what it is normally thought of as? Something?

The ugliest stuff is easily recognizable as being ugly...but I don't know beautiful/elegant when I see it. Most likely because I can't define it.
3969  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mintcamp: a new blog of interviews with developers and web designers on: August 08, 2007, 10:37:39 PM
Thanks april for the thread but i was actually keeping it secret till this month

I wasn't aware it was supposed to be a secret. I showed it to mouser while I was trying to talk him into saying 'yes' to being interviewed, and he demanded I post about it and give you some publicity.

I am sorry if you were not ready for that yet. You didn't tell me to keep it a secret.
3970  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Top 3 programs you use on: August 08, 2007, 09:52:09 PM
This is hard for me to answer because I always have so much running and there are at least 40 that are running at all times for various reasons.

But if I had to pick 3 that I am always actively using and would be of interest to someone in 'the rest of the world' they would have to be these 3:

1. AOL Explorer browser
2. xchat
3. OpenPandora
3971  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: I really need a XoftSpySE license key on: August 08, 2007, 03:10:26 PM
Actually, requests for keys on forums are more common than you think...and some people actually do think they will get an answer and a key. I have seen it before. Some people are a lot less bright than you might give them credit for. And some less bright do respond giving out keys too, leading to more work for forum mods having to delete such posts and replies.

My reply was to send a message to others that this is not that kind of forum. (yes, unfortunately there are forums that exist that would give out a key)

The title of this section of the forum may have been misleading to someone that dropped by thinking this is where they can get an illegal key. I just meant to correct that kind of thinking to help avoid future requests for illegal keys.

And as far as requesters never returning and participating on the forum any further, that would be because this isn't the warez forum they mistakenly thought it was.
3972  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a notepad software on: August 08, 2007, 02:39:46 PM
There is a program that will dock a window to autohide on the edge of your screen: Panel Hider

Just make sure you know this trick, just in case you lose a window offscreen and can't get it back.
3973  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is Beautiful Code A Succubus on: August 08, 2007, 08:40:28 AM
I never understood what the definition of elegant/beautiful code is. And so far nobody has been able to supply a definition that I can wrap my mind around.

Would anyone like to take a crack at enlightening me?
3974  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WYFCA? on: August 08, 2007, 08:32:31 AM
PEBCAK: Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard (usually reported as Error ID: 10T)

I have to share this quote from the IRC channel, since it's related to the topic:

<Deozaan> "Tired of thinking WTF and never getting TMI doing your SMF searches? Do you LOL at the POS results the current SMF search returns? Get ZillaRank now and say STFU to the SOB who wrote the script for that SMF search!"

3975  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mintcamp: a new blog of interviews with developers and web designers on: August 07, 2007, 06:21:51 PM
It needs a minty green web 2.0 look redesign  Wink

This template would be awesome:

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