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3951  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Some questions abt coders on: April 20, 2007, 04:05:59 AM
Another question is there any tool that works like autohotkey and is cross paltform.

Might want to take a look at tcl/tk.
3952  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Some questions abt coders on: April 20, 2007, 03:55:13 AM
skrommel uses autohotkey...but not all of us do.

I use Delphi...some use C/C++...some use something else.
3953  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Latest Apple Mac vs PC Commercial: PCs suck because of all the software choices on: April 19, 2007, 03:31:29 AM
The reason why Microsoft bought out Virtual PC was so they could sell software to Mac users...copies of Windows, Office, Visual Studio, games, etc.

And most of the Mac users I know have a big complaint: There isn't enough good software for Mac...it's all for Windows. And the software that is available for both, usually it's a much older, feature lacking version for the Mac.


Basically the pc is "bloated from all the trial software he has installed", while the mac "comes with all the software you need".

Maybe it comes with all the basics that you would need, but does it come with all the toys and goodies that you want?

It's more that i notice how much mac's seem  to be marketed to people who don't want to get involved in installing software, configuring, etc. 

with all this hype, Apple portrays Mac users come across as someone who can't even tie their own shoelaces ...

AOL is 'blamed' for opening the internet up to the common user by making it 'so easy'.
They started out as an ISP for Mac users...originally their software was only for Mac.

Mac users have had the stereotype of not being all that 'bright' for a long time.

And while you and I might love tinkering with things, trying new software, etc...the majority of common computer users only want a computer for web browsing, email, listening to music, watching videos, instant messaging, and storing photos of their kids & pets.

So what do they want/need?

  • a browser
  • an email client (or their browser with webmail)
  • a media player
  • an IM client
  • and the software that came with their camera, if it needs any

Last time I checked, Windows came with all this. Also, wasn't the last heavy Apple ad campaign targeted at people that wanted a pretty computer that came in all kinds of funky colors?

It seems like they should just come out with an ad that asks "Are you an idiot that doesn't care what is inside the computer as long as it is pretty and performs all the basics?" and get it over with.

Even their current ads show what could be 'the common person' dressed like a slob, and the pc user is in business attire, which is more commonly associated with power, success, wealth, intelligence, etc.

You can see who their target is....it's always been very obvious.



I was just discussing this entire topic with my daughter...and we came to the conclusion that at one time, back when neither of us had ever had a computer and knew very little about them, we both would have fallen for the Apple ads...her wanting the easy to use computer...and me wanting the funky purple one.   embarassed

Boy, am I glad my dad gave us a Windows pc as our first computer, otherwise we both might have become unhappy Mac users. As we learned more about computers, in general, we would have outgrown that Mac rather quickly. It wouldn't have been a good value considering the higher price for a Mac, compared to the price of a PC.
3954  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RANT: High Software Prices! on: April 19, 2007, 01:59:07 AM
As also a developer "emulation SDK" which compiles to native Mac code without needing a Mac to run it.

You can run Mac OS in an emulator on a Windows PC with PearPC.

One of the developers from my chatroom will be using it to compile a Mac version of a project she is working on.

And yes, Mac software does get pirated...just not as much as Windows software does. But then again, there aren't as many Mac users as Windows users.

I know a guy that has a pirated copy of Mac OS X.

Can he use it? Will he use it? No.

Why did he download it? He had this to say:

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yes, i hate macs with a passion, but pirating mac os makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside
3955  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Softpedia's 100% FREE Award on: April 18, 2007, 12:52:10 PM
Do NOT do a 404 error, that'll just make users think your website is b0rked.

Instead, detect if the referrer is softpedia - if it is, put up a page informing the user that softpedia hotlinking and stealing bandwidth etc., but offer a link where they can download the software.


I would really prefer to avoid 404's if I can...that is the plan. I am just no good at php and don't know how to go about doing this.

The only php I know is <?php include('whatever.php'); ?>  (and it's quite useful, I must say)
3956  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Softpedia's 100% FREE Award on: April 18, 2007, 12:44:59 PM
That probably for people that actually pay for file hosting & premium listing. And that is probably only as long as they keep paying.
3957  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Archivarius on: April 18, 2007, 12:04:37 PM
Would anybody happen to know a free desktop search that can handle Zinio Reader files? (and maybe .djvu and .lit files too?)

I have about 3 gigs worth of Zinio files, so that would be a fantastic feature to have.  I would like to try a free application first, if possible.
3958  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Softpedia's 100% FREE Award on: April 18, 2007, 07:46:49 AM
Could it be done this way...:?
Move the file Softpedia is linking to and place it in another folder, while only updating the link on your website. It results in the link at Softpedia, giving a 404 Page Not found or Page not displayed error.

dhuser

That wouldn't stop them from coming back and doing it again. What I planned on doing was moving the files, replacing the links and letting a script handle handing out the files.

If Softpedia is the referrer, opening the page the application can be found on, instead of just handing out the file.

Also, if I can, redirect any other old links to files to the script and let it handle it too. Which would not break the current links to my files from approved sites and result in 404's. It would still allow the older links to work, and all of Softpedia's current links just redirect visitors to correct page.

I'll have to take a good look at what Joto's SendFileAndLog script allows, and maybe ask him if he could mod it for this, if it can't do it.

Although I don't think visitors would mind my 404 page as much as some others site's 404 pages.  Wink
3959  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Must-have apps in the System tray? on: April 18, 2007, 07:24:09 AM
ClipX is also a very good free, and lightweight clip program. Be sure to get the stickies plugin though.

I'm a hard core ClipCache user, but I find ClipX much more suited for graphics work as you can see the thumbnails from the context menu.

Whoa! That's pretty sweet! I think my daughter will like that very much. (and me too!)
3960  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RANT: High Software Prices! on: April 18, 2007, 07:21:03 AM
as a little modification to what Zaine said ( ~ list of cheap vendors and programs ) I suggest that, on at least one long plain html page, we make a list of all of *our members here* who sell programs, along with the program names.

I think that was almost what mouser was trying to do here:

http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=4406.0

3961  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Softpedia's 100% FREE Award on: April 18, 2007, 05:31:38 AM
Softpedia is a circus but may be some use if acting like a storage for hard to obtain programs.

But they don't host the files....they only link to them. They store nothing. If the developer's site goes away, so does Softpedia's source for the files.

Could you do some kind of anti-leech that was only triggered when softpedia was the referrer?

That was sort of my thinking.  Wink
3962  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Must-have apps in the System tray? on: April 17, 2007, 09:58:08 PM
I can see only a few instances where some type of 'memory manager' would be beneficial to me.

I have used a simple one line vbs script that accomplishes the same thing on my P1 (233mhz, 64mb ram) but only before opening extremely heavy applications that take a long time to load...like Paintshop Pro or Delphi. It does shorten the loading time.

I have also used it when I have experienced a connection problem where I get bumped offline and can't reconnect. Running that script seems to help me reconnect and it's a whole lot faster than rebooting for the same effect.

I would never have an application to do this running in the background all the time though, and I would never waste my ram running something that uses more ram than it frees. (which is why I use the script)

Open notepad and copy this to the first line and save it as FreeMem.vbs. Replace the number with what would be correct for the amount of ram you have on your system, making it no higher than 1/3 of your total ram. (if the number is too high, you will get an error message when you try to run it)

Formatted for Visual Basic with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. FreeMem = Space(20000000)

When you need it, just click to run it like it was an application. If it opens in notepad when you try to run it, right click the file and select Open. (Some system's security settings make all .vbs files open in notepad instead of running when clicked) If it still opens in notepad, check the file name and make sure it's really .vbs and not .txt.
3963  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looks like KeyPass, is named KeyPass, but is not the KeyPass I know... on: April 17, 2007, 09:21:52 PM
They're both KeyPass though aren't they?

No, they are 2 entirely different applications.
3964  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Softpedia's 100% FREE Award on: April 17, 2007, 09:14:47 PM
app103- I see your point about bandwidth theft, it is quite irresponsible of them to provide direct links to your downloads, they really should instead refer people to your webpage. Perhaps you should look into some anti-leeching trickery?

Setting up anti-leech would be really easy but would harm my ability to hotlink my own stuff when I want to. I was thinking about some other php trickery that would work more to my advantage. ;-)

What bothers me most is how botched the descriptions on some of the software is...and the fact they are using my content without even asking. They have stuff of mine I would never submit to a download site, for obvious reasons.
3965  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Softpedia's 100% FREE Award on: April 17, 2007, 01:11:25 PM
Technically it's an ad banner.

They expect developers to put it on their website with a link back to their site, which raises their search engine ranking and brings in more visitors.

But this much I can tell you:

They do run every program on their site at least once, if only to make their own screenshots* of it.



*Except in the case of one of my programs that had no window and they used the screenshot of my shortcut properties box from my site, that I had made to demonstrate how to use the program.

Incidentally, I never submitted this program to them and I don't have a PAD file for it. They took it right from my site without asking and botched the description by leaving out the important half. I never submitted anything to them yet they have almost all my software on their site with the descriptions being a copy & paste from my pages. And except for 1 item there isn't any PAD files for anything. I never made any. They are hotlinking to my files for downloads and using my bandwidth. Does this qualify as both content and bandwidth theft?
3966  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looks like KeyPass, is named KeyPass, but is not the KeyPass I know... on: April 17, 2007, 12:37:24 PM
I'll just quote myself here:

When the look is similar and so is the name, it is easy to become confused.

3967  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RANT: High Software Prices! on: April 17, 2007, 12:13:59 PM
Every time I see & hear someone complain about the price of gasoline, I seem to take a mental trip back in time to when I was about 10 years old and in the car with my dad when he said:

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$0.56 a gallon??!! I am not paying that!!! Are they crazy??!!
3968  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RANT: High Software Prices! on: April 17, 2007, 09:48:09 AM
It has come to the point where I don't know what a reasonable price for anything is any more.

What would be reasonable to someone that has a lot of money in their pocket isn't the same as what it would be to someone with nothing in their pocket.

The thing that will keep me from ever becoming a shareware author is the idea of reasonable pricing. I am afraid to set a price because no matter what I choose, it could be unreasonably high to someone somewhere who might need it....or unreasonable for what I am providing. (is it really worth the price I am asking?) undecided

I'll just let the user decide what is reasonable...it's a whole lot easier.  Thmbsup

But I am seeing that a lot of what mouser said about donationware is very true.

From my personal experiences a few things have become very clear to me:

1. If I had $1 for every time someone downloaded one of my programs, I would be a very wealthy woman.  cheesy

2. With the amount I currently make on my software, I would have to produce 6-8 new applications a month to earn enough to barely cover my bills. (and I am a very frugal woman) ohmy

3. When I create something, I do it because I enjoy it. But it is work...and it can be frustrating, exhausting, hard work. It's not something I can do all day, every day. I would quickly burn out.  huh

4. I am not qualified to go work for some software company on their projects. I am not all that qualified for anything, really. And that was one of the reasons why I wanted to learn programming in the first place. I hoped some day I would know enough to be able to do it professionally and make enough to pay my bills....and be able to enjoy what I am doing. But it doesn't look like that will ever happen. I still have a lot to learn, I am not learning it any faster, and I am not getting any younger.  Sad


Which brings me to my announcement:

As of today, I am increasing the prices on all my software 150%.  embarassed

Wait a minute....

I am charging $0...a 150% increase is still $0.

Guess that means you are safe.  tongue

Seriously though...I am developing a deep hatred for money. Or rather should I say developing a deep hatred for needing it. I am disgusted at the prices for everything...from software to food to housing to education to medical care...everything.

I can't even look at it as a necessary evil...it's just evil.

And I think we are all sharing the same feeling of being trapped.
3969  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Retro Remakes: Classic Gaming For The Next Generation on: April 17, 2007, 05:53:17 AM
If you are an old school gamer or just plain nostalgic, this might be of interest to you:

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Retro Remakes is the largest retro game remakes community on the internet. Our aim is to bring you the latest news from the freeware remakes scene together with a database of links to relevant websites.

As well as the website we have a very active forum and IRC channel where news, ideas and new retro remakes are planned and previewed.

3970  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looks like KeyPass, is named KeyPass, but is not the KeyPass I know... on: April 17, 2007, 03:13:59 AM
Similar but not quite the same:


KeyPass (shareware):
[attachthumb=1]

KeePass (free open source):
[attachthumb=2]

When the look is similar and so is the name, it is easy to become confused.
3971  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 1980-Games: All your old favorites on: April 17, 2007, 01:58:14 AM
All your old favorite arcade games on one site, playable online.  cheesy

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The section "arcade" on this site offers you the
  chance to play the great 80's classics.
  These old arcade games are gaining a new lease
  of life thanks to an emulator that restores them
  to how they were upon their release.



I have wasted entirely too much time playing Galaga today. Kiss
3972  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Must-have apps in the System tray? on: April 16, 2007, 08:19:35 AM
PS Tray Factory let's you choose the order, what icons show and which are hidden, and lets you put things in the tray that would normally be cluttering up your desktop and/or taskbar.

It's what I use to shove console windows in my tray.

Personally, I don't really like hidden icons, hidden files, hidden folders...or anything else that tries to pretend it's not there. That's why my tray seems to look very cluttered.
3973  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Must-have apps in the System tray? on: April 16, 2007, 01:28:47 AM
This discussion is very similar to this one.

In my post there, I gave a list of what I have that goes along with this scary image:

[attach=1]
3974  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Text scraping: instructions on: April 15, 2007, 10:08:30 PM
I use Snagit (shareware) for getting scrolling text captures...and it does work in Explorer. It exports to a .txt file and can even append new captures to the file.

There is also a number of formatting options.

<hint for mouser> If Screenshot Captor could do the same text capturing, I'd probably ditch Snagit in favor of that. </ hint for mouser>
3975  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: should we get rid of the topic icons? on: April 15, 2007, 08:57:33 PM
I am already blind to them, so I won't miss them if they are gone.
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