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3951  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FreeSoftLand - Some Neat Freeware/Donationware Programs on: February 24, 2007, 03:06:38 AM
And you can donate credits to him through this site, as well. He is a member here.  smiley


http://www.donationcoder....hp?action=profile;u=44177
3952  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In2TV: Fast, Free, Legal downloads of movies and TV episodes on: February 22, 2007, 04:57:06 AM
There was something I forgot to mention...

The DRM is pretty heavy. You can't even play the files in Windows Media Player. You must use their player.
3953  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Machine Is US on: February 20, 2007, 07:32:16 AM
I am a little behind in reading forum posts lately, and I wasn't supposed to get to this one for about 2 more pages of unread posts.

I actually spotted this one on tinjaw's blog, before here...and jumped ahead of myself just to seek out this post to reply.

I actually have a lot to say about it...maybe too much to put here....so I made a post to my blog about it. (please excuse the self-promotion)

Besides...that gives me a chance to share this video with more people.  smiley
3954  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / In2TV: Fast, Free, Legal downloads of movies and TV episodes on: February 19, 2007, 09:32:52 PM
I decided to give AOL's In2TV service another try, now that I have a broadband connection that can fully take advantage of it.

They have quite a collection of older TV shows and some movies available, and as far as I know you don't need an AOL account to take advantage of it. (even if you do, you can get a free AIM account)

My daughter is a Godzilla freak, so I decided on the Rodan one. You can watch it low quality, youtube style, instantly, or opt to get the Hi-Q download. (I decided to go for the Hi-Q)

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All the downloads are high DVD quality... free...and legal. (DRM protected though)

It is delivered to you at blazing speeds, 'torrent style', meaning you are getting parts from people that have already downloaded it, and you become a part of the distribution chain when you have the file. This is why the speeds are really fast. I don't have the fastest DSL on the planet, but I was really surprised at how fast this downloads.(read more about the technology behind it)

Even though it's DRM protected and you can't burn it, the license term is pretty generous. The one I am downloading has a 3 year license...I can watch it as many times as I want within the next 3 years. I think that is pretty good for free.

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I have downloaded from them before (back when I was on dialup) and the picture quality is very good....even at full screen.

Their downloading software doesn't bog down your bandwidth. It is 'smart' and adjusts speeds when necessary. I was able to continue streaming music from Pandora without even the slightest hiccup, and it doesn't noticeably affect web page loading times.

So if you are looking for a little free legal video fun, give them a try.

3955  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other... who are you, what do you do, where from? on: February 17, 2007, 11:34:52 AM
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app103:  he won't act like a cranky old man
And what, pray, is your objection to a cranky old men?  Wink
My favourite machine is a years-old, all-SCSI box, that's the most reliable backup system I've had in a long time.  (It runs XP Pro nowadays: apparently, I got on its good side when it was a mere slip of a lad.)

I have no probs with old men. I have probs with cranky though, regardless of age.

WinME.  'nuff said.

Poor Ed  Sad

Ed loves his WinME...much better than 98se. And remember that I did say it is a very stable WinME. (no, it's NOT an oxymoron)
3956  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other... who are you, what do you do, where from? on: February 17, 2007, 06:41:04 AM
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"I know that is what I typed, but that isn't what I meant. If computers are so smart it should have know that!!! Grrrrrrrrrr!!"

I know what you mean, tinjaw.  Computers can be frustrating, just like people can.  I think a lot of ppl don't realize that computers have feelings.  Just the other day, my computer finally broke down and admitted to me that she's been very jealous the past few weeks because I've been seeing another computer (at work).  I hadn't been careful enough (had unthinkingly sent an email from work computer to my ISP internet account), and what could I say?  I was caught with both hands on the keyboard!  I just swallowed my pride and apologized, and gave her a RAM upgrade and a nice long defrag.  We're getting along fine again, now ...

I totally agree with the whole notion of computers having personalities like people. I will even go so far as to say they have genders too.

And they do play favorites with users, acting nice to some and being impossible to others.

My old pc adores me (EdTheSlowAss)...hates everyone else. But we came to an understanding a long time ago, which is why he's agreeable with me.

I agreed to take the time and listen to him and be patient. He agreed that if I am kind and gentle, he won't act like a cranky old man and will instead perform beyond what others would expect from a guy his age.

And nearly every program I write is with him in mind. Everything ends up as a gift to him. If he doesn't like it, I fix it till he does.

My daughter, on the other hand, yells at him and insults him all the time...and Ed is a very sensitive guy...scares easily. You can tell from that frozen expression he gets on the monitor every time she goes near him.  cheesy

As long as my daughter stays away from him, I have a very stable WinME pc that treats me kindly.
3957  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Google Killed Search on: February 17, 2007, 05:59:32 AM
I wrote about something similar with regards to the quality of google results, only I also made a prediction on what could possibly take the top spot in delivering quality results in the future, if they made the jump to becoming a search engine: StumbleUpon

http://cranialsoup.blogsp...rch-engine-of-future.html
3958  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SuperboyAC's DC blog #2 (Live Search feature in software) on: February 17, 2007, 05:41:24 AM
Winamp's media library has this feature too....and it has to be the one thing that made the upgrade from v2 to v5 worth it.

Start typing "Pink Floyd" and by the time you have finished typing "Pink" you have a list of every song you own that either the song title, artist, or album contains "Pink" (not just beginning with it)...hit the space bar and add "F" and you will most likely have nothing but the Pink Floyd tunes you are looking for.

And it also works for single words in song titles. If you can only remember 1 word in the song's title, type that and you will easily find it in the list. (as long as it's not a really common word like 'the'  tongue)

3959  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Your chance to contribute to the betterment of the world for all Vista users on: February 15, 2007, 06:28:29 AM
Weird that Vista allows you to change something that crucial that easily - I don't even get an "open with" on XP, even if I shift+rightclick my EXEs. On the other hand, I do have WinRAR context menu items if it detects the exe has a supported archive type embedded... but I digress, sorry.

I run XP and I have 'open with' for .exe files on my menu:

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But I do agree that it's pretty stupid that any version of Windows would allow you to change the association for .exe files.
3960  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: trivia bot on: February 11, 2007, 05:20:05 PM
What chatroom application are you using to host your room?

Could it be Arca Eclipse (AE) for Ares?

If so, try looking here:  http://www.pure-indie.com

If not, we will need to know the name of the software you are using first in order to help.

3961  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WIndows Vista Ultimate ... worth upgrading ... CNET say no! on: February 11, 2007, 06:27:51 AM
(10) Yeah right - just like Windows Movie Maker in XP - that was a real big winner wasn't it? You can bet your life if they were about to include something half decent they would be back in court before you could even say anti-trust.

My first introduction to that hunk of wasted hard drive space was in WinME. I didn't try it till I had already been running ME for about 5 years.

I was offline for a week and on the edge of losing my mind when I tried it. I was looking through my start menu for things I had never tried before, in an effort to find something to amuse myself with. It provided about 5 minutes worth of amusement.

I have no idea why it exists...and I don't know anybody else that does either.
3962  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Will Wikipedia Run Out of Money and Disappear on: February 11, 2007, 04:05:31 AM
If every high school in America donated 10% of what they raise in fundraisers for things like prom to Wikipedia, there would be no problems.

3963  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The Joy of Tech on: February 10, 2007, 04:35:03 PM
Geeky humor, comics, e-cards, forum, etc....poking fun at all aspects of geek culture.

3964  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / PacketGarden: grow your own planet on: February 10, 2007, 04:21:59 PM
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What is Packet Garden?
Packet Garden is an experimental artwork that seeks to provide an alternative and accessible approach to visualising daily internet use. It was commissioned by Arnolfini in 2006. See the homepage for a brief description of what it does.

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Packet Garden captures information about how you use the internet and uses this stored information to grow a private world you can later explore.

To do this, Packet Garden takes note of all the servers you visit, their geographical location and the kinds of data you access. Uploads make hills and downloads valleys, their location determined by numbers taken from internet address itself. The size of each hill or valley is based on how much data is sent or received. Plants are also grown for each protocol detected by the software; if you visit a website, an 'HTTP plant' is grown. If you share some files via eMule, a 'Peer to Peer plant' is grown, and so on.

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I'm worried about privacy, does Packet Garden tell anyone else about what I do on my computer?
Packet Garden only records a personal log for you to later explore in the form of a 3D garden. As looking at the source-code will confirm, this log doesn't leave your computer. If you're worried about others finding out where you've been on the Internet, don't show them the gardens you grow.

3965  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is the most useless key on the keyboard on: February 10, 2007, 10:30:33 AM
The turbo key.

All the combos except turbo+F11 don't even work. (and I can even live without that combo)
3966  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scott Finnie, windows expert, switching to mac on: February 09, 2007, 06:44:21 PM
Found this one today and it reminded me of this post:

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http://www.joyoftech.com/...yoftech/joyimages/915.gif
3967  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Any ideas for a small contest to give away a copy or two of Borland Dev. Studio? on: February 09, 2007, 03:43:10 PM
I had a thought but I don't know if it was a good one...it probably isn't.

Instead of a prize for a contest, make it a reward for a job well done...

To the first person that completes all assignments from the programming school in all languages covered by BDS 2006.

But then I had the thought that it might not be such a good idea because by the time that happens, it might be kind of old...almost equal to giving away a copy of Delphi 6 or 7.

Another thought would be that people that already know what they are doing would just bang out the assignments and it would turn into a race just to get the reward and it wouldn't go to someone that really got something out of it and learned a lot from the experience.

Like I said...probably not a good idea.  undecided
3968  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: long exposure photos of classic arcade games on: February 09, 2007, 06:04:20 AM
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"Tempest 1"
2001
digital c print
4 ft x 6 ft

4 ft x 6 ft????  That's HUGE!  ohmy

It's awesome though. (that Tempest 1 that appears in nudone's post is my fav one)
3969  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Bigger is Always Better on: February 08, 2007, 03:37:23 AM


All I could think about was "is this what tiny urls become when they grow up?"
3970  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Free .NET Ebook by Charles Petzold on: February 08, 2007, 02:51:40 AM
.NET Book Zero: What the C or C++ Programmer Needs to Know About C# and the .NET Framework

by Charles Petzold

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This free on-line 267-page book is an introduction to C# and the Microsoft .NET Framework for programmers who have experience with C or C++.


Available as a .pdf or XPS

Source code also available.

http://www.charlespetzold.com/dotnet/index.html
3971  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: February 08, 2007, 12:55:00 AM
btw...mouser...if you ever need to build a fence, let me know. I am available and it will be the most beautiful sturdy work of genius you have ever seen. (I need to get pics of the one I did with my dad)
3972  News and Reviews / Older Newsletters / Re: --> Newsletter for February 7th, 2007 - Codename "Helping Hands" on: February 07, 2007, 11:43:29 PM
How about Florian Balmer, the author of Notepad2 (my favorite text editor)?  textview@bluewin.ch
3973  Special User Sections / The Getting Organized Experiment of 2006 / Re: Do wallpapers aid your productivity? on: February 07, 2007, 07:50:15 AM
Usually the only part of my wallpaper I see is a small bit on the bottom left side that says "time to move on".

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I don't keep my icons on my desktop and rarely see the full desktop unless I have just reboot.

On my other pc I made it a rule not to allow any wallpapers that weren't created by a member of my family. This encouraged artistic productivity in both my daughter & myself, while we tried to create something we could both live with. (we shared a single user account on it)

We eventually had a collection that was large enough to build a website for them, which was my first real "coding project" (I barely knew any html at the time)

I think more important than the actual wallpaper is your color scheme. It has to be comfortable or you will end up not able to use your pc for any long length of time.

While it was quite beautiful, this green theme was bad for my productivity because it caused me to get a headache after about an hour of pc usage (for my daughter it had the opposite effect and she loved it):

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In case you are wondering why Windows default themes are based on blue, studies show that blue encourages productivity better than any other color. Windows color defaults were designed with office workers in mind. I can't remember the link to where I found that info, but I did come across it while doing some research on how various colors affect the human mind.

That could be very true, and it used to be my favorite color, but from experiences with Win98se I have hated that color ever since (too many BSOD's).  Grin
3974  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: February 07, 2007, 01:05:18 AM
Considering the weight, and the fact that you rent an apartment, you might not want to build that all in one piece.

Bolstering a bookcase. Installing a wall-length floor-to-ceiling bookcase? You may have to strengthen the floor first. The average floor is built to withstand a load of 50 pounds per square foot, but the load of a filled bookcase is easily greater. Talk to a building inspector, carpenter, or an engineer before proceeding.

You would have to bolt it to your wall and/or floor/ceiling to ensure it didn't tip over and kill you.

How would you ever get it out if you ever move?

I would probably build that case in parts of a width that would fit through my door.

Something like this:  

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http://www.blackanddecker...D=p_2_51_16109_16124.html


Something like this could be another option:

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http://www.rd.com/america...200009/bookcase/main.html

3975  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: InstantBoss - For those of us which require motivation to work on: February 05, 2007, 10:54:51 PM
InstantBoss: there's no better boss in town...! Thmbsup
Thank you so much for this wonderful app.

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and thank you for the compliments!
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