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3976  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Small Programs Can Take Years To Complete on: February 04, 2007, 09:30:52 PM
Here is an interesting, related blog post that claims that Rosenberg has it all wrong: programmers don't like coding...they like problem solving.

http://rentzsch.com/notes...programmersDontLikeToCode

I don't know about anybody else, but I kind of agree with that, for me personally.

I am a puzzle freak...pure, plain, and simple. Even with games, I prefer a good puzzle over an action game. And I approach programming as part art and part puzzle...2 things I enjoy most, combined into 1.

It's like playing every great puzzle game and painting a picture at the same time.
3977  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is there any way to abort a reboot? on: February 02, 2007, 07:33:59 PM
On the other hand, i've seen a bunch of programs that can stop windows shutdown (a feature that i find MOST anoying). This means that processes that are already running can stop the shutdown. Anyone has any idea on how to do it?

If you are referring to programs that won't allow Windows to shutdown when you want to shutdown, that is the fault of the programmer that coded it, not handling shutdown messages properly.

It's not a feature...it's an application bug.

This is usually an issue with tray applications or windows that minimize to tray rather than closing when you click the X. There is extra stuff you have to do in case the user wants to logoff/shutdown/reboot while your app is still running, or it will cause Windows to hang and not shutdown.

It was something I had to learn about and make sure wouldn't happen with Instant Boss when I was coding it, because I minimized it to tray instead of closing when a user clicks the X.

This page should tell you what you need to know about it:
http://msdn2.microsoft.co...-us/library/aa376884.aspx

I don't know if it can be done (and I wouldn't know how any way), but it might be possible to write an AHK script that would be specific to your situation and misbehaving apps, that would somehow close those naughty apps first by simulating the user clicking 'exit' from their tray icon menus...and then logoff, shutdown or reboot Windows for you.

Then you would just use that instead of the normal shutdown shortcut in the start menu.

3978  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A new kind of search: guided search on: February 02, 2007, 01:46:01 PM
I tried this out with a tough search...one that has been driving me nuts for a few days now.

As some of you know, I run a site that lists freely available programming related ebooks, at no cost. It's a labor of love that doesn't make me a dime.

I recently received a request to add some ABAP related books, only I can't find any free ones.

I thought what better way to test ChaCha's service than to make that request there?

This was the results:


Throughout the conversation, KarenK was pushing me various links to try, making the ones she thought were better rise to the top of the list. I could tell that she wasn't just shoving results at me but was actually visiting some of the sites, too.

Although I didn't find what I wanted by using ChaCha, the person I spoke with went out of their way to try to find it for me....including signing up and checking out if one of the sites was a scam....something you would never get from Google. (unfortunately it was a scam site)

And yes, it was fun & enjoyable...more than the last 2 days of unsuccessful Google searching for the same thing.

Considering today's experiences, even though I didn't get what I wanted, I just might keep this link handy in case I have another tough search to do.

Edit: added link to KarenK's profile
3979  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: be my valentine! on: February 02, 2007, 03:52:19 AM


Those cards are funny.

But this one is actually sweet:
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3980  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: console: a great CMD.exe replacement application on: February 01, 2007, 07:22:46 PM
Keep in mind that reviewing software that is still in beta is like critiquing art while the artist is still actively painting it.

The reason I didn't do the review on it back in September was because I felt funny about doing one on something that was still in beta....I didn't feel like it was fair.

I still don't feel it is fair, but because someone brought up the subject of this application, I felt that your right to know my findings outweighed my feelings about sharing them.

If anybody tries this and finds anything different than my initial observations from September, please let us know...especially if there are fixes to the negative things I stated.

I think once most of the bugs are out of this one, it will be a great tool.
3981  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Original Donation Coder!!11!!! on: February 01, 2007, 12:07:09 PM
That picture is a classic.

(and there is a joke in my family about it because he looks just like someone we know...could pass for twins)
3982  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: console: a great CMD.exe replacement application on: February 01, 2007, 11:55:47 AM
I tested this one out a few months ago and it was MAJORLY buggy.

I don't know if it has improved much since September. Just be warned.

I was planning on doing a review on this one at some point and this is from my notes I made for the review. All of these issues could be fixed in the current version, I don't know.

At that time, this was my observations:

  • There was no help file. Nothing to explain what any feature or setting was and how to use it. You were on your own and were meant to guess. Since this is a beta, that can be subject to change, and a help file may be included in a future release, or this one. At least I hope so.
  • It needed more work on the GUI. There was still some bugs in it. Text would sometimes not show unless you resized the window slightly.
  • Transparency was weird...not really transparent at all. It used the desktop as the background which can be kind of weird if there is another window under it. That will not show at all.
  • Renaming tabs wasn't quite ready...it reverted back to original name.



To be fair, I'll post the good stuff too:

  • Having tabs is a great idea...less clutter on your desktop, more organization.
  • The idea that you can set it to 'pinned to desktop' is nice, too. That allows you to let the console window have focus while another window is on top of it. Handy for referring to data while you type into the console window.
  • You can also highlight text like you would in any normal sort of Windows program by just dragging your mouse over it...no need to right click and select 'mark' first. Also if you set the hotkeys, Ctrl+C can be used to copy, just like in Windows. (anybody that has tried that hotkey combo in a normal console window knows it won't copy text there  tongue)
  • Hotkeys - You can assign hotkey combinations to various tasks such as copy, paste, new tab, rename tab, next & previous tab, switching to specific tabs, and close tab.
  • Colors - You can decide what colors you feel like looking at. Not limited to the standard white text on a black background.
  • Font options - You can select the font, size, and style most comfortable for you.
  • Docking - pick any one of the 4 corners, or none at all.
  • Z-order - You can choose from always on top, always on bottom, pinned to desktop, or regular.
  • Transparency -  You don't have to have it solid, like in a traditional console window.
  • Tray Icon - the full menu is available from an optional tray icon.

Combining settings, it is possible to get the illusion of typing directly onto your desktop, or the output of a console application right on your desktop.

This is a screenshot I did to demonstrate what I mean by that:
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(the output you are looking at is from my silly madlibs game)
3983  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Free online computer books on: February 01, 2007, 07:32:20 AM
Nice find!  Thmbsup
3984  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Make Google Go Crazy,neet little javascript trick on: February 01, 2007, 06:57:18 AM
The shorter version of the code from the link f0dder posted has a slightly different effect:

javascript:R=0;DI=document.images;function A(){for(i=0;i<DI.length;){DIS=DI[i++].style;DIS.position='absolute';DIS.left= (Math.sin(R+i/4)+1)*400;DIS.top=(Math.cos(R/2+i/4+1.6)+1)*400}R+=0.1}setInterval( 'A()',5);void(0)
3985  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: backup question - how much of a risk is fire? on: February 01, 2007, 06:49:54 AM
For things that don't change often (or ever) like photos, burning a few copies of them and storing them far away from home should be sufficient.

For small files that change frequently, like projects, I zip them and email them to myself from my gmail account to my aol account.

Gmail stores a copy of everything you send, with the attachment, so you can access and download it from there if you should need to.

AOL allows me unlimited storage for email and attachments, so if gmail screws up my account or something, I can always go get it from my aol account if I need it.

This is in addition to having the projects backed up on 2 hard drives on this pc, and 2 on another.

Yeah, maybe it's overkill, but I have had problems in the past with not being able to access a copy of a website of mine to make changes to it for a few years. (pc died and I couldn't get the hd to work with other pc and free hosts don't usually let you download a full copy by FTP) I ended up having to re-write the entire site from scratch. I will never go through that again.

I have also demanded a certain friend of mine to email me a copy of a project when she does some work on it...she has a reputation for losing data and I really care about this project of hers. (she is writing a book) I have archived on my hard drive and in gmail a copy of every revision she has made to it...just in case.

And it is a good thing I made her do this because she had a hard drive die on her and she would have lost 3 years of work since the only backups she had were the copies she was sending me.
3986  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Make Google Go Crazy,neet little javascript trick on: February 01, 2007, 12:39:21 AM
OMG...that looks insane on my website.
3987  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This is how you disable those Snap previews you see on alot of blogs nowadays. on: January 31, 2007, 11:46:08 AM
You guys hate this?
I thought it could radically change the way we browse... (less client/server cycles).

I actually like the snap previews and would love it if all sites had it for external links. It would save me a lot of time, trouble, and bandwidth if they did.

My browser is supposed to have a feature similar to it built in, but I can't remember how to activate it and it's not mentioned any more in the crappy online help files.

It would be a huge help to me when doing google searches.
3988  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: backup question - how much of a risk is fire? on: January 31, 2007, 06:25:13 AM
Fire isn't the only reason for keeping a copy of your data far from your home....theft & flood are 2 more reasons.

What if your entire digital photo collection were stolen or damaged by flood...with all the baby pics of your children? You can't replace that kind of stuff. You can't go back in time and retake those photos.

Anything that would be a bother to replace...or impossible...should be backed up and put in a location far from home. The farther the better, as hurricane Katrina showed that across town at a friend's house wasn't far enough away.
3989  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Transform Yourself on: January 30, 2007, 03:56:44 PM
Is it just me... or does anybody else think that all the 'ape' pics look like Michael Jackson?

3990  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MOVAVI,avoid this company like the plague on: January 30, 2007, 03:49:46 PM
What you are experiencing is one of the forms of 'buyer's regret', where you buy something and then wish you had waited a bit longer to buy it.

Kind of like when you buy a box of cereal and then the next day the store stocks a super bonus size where you get 50% more for the same price and you can't take your purchase back because you already opened the box you bought.

In cases like this you kick yourself...we all do. But we don't usually kick the seller.

You knew the upgrade policy when you bought the software. You knew it wasn't going to be free. That also comes with the understanding that you are accepting the risk that they could release the next version within minutes of your purchase.

OK, it's not a policy that I can say I would do to my customers, if I had any, but they have the right to set their own terms. When you buy, you are saying you accept that.

Like I said...this is a 'kick yourself' situation...not a 'kick the company' one.
3991  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Transform Yourself on: January 30, 2007, 09:26:12 AM
Someone asked me for the link to this a little while ago and I just realized I never shared it here...

You can upload a photo of yourself and transform it to make yourself look a different race, in the style of a famous artist, or even into an 'ape'.

To save the images after transformation, you will need to do a screen capture. (what better reason to download Screenshot Captor and give it a try)




This is what I used to create the image of myself that you see in the biography section of my profile:
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3992  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Android 207 - Cool Stop-motion Movie Short for AI and Game Fans on: January 30, 2007, 07:40:56 AM
This is fantastic!

Reminds me of the Twilight Zone and every Sonic game I ever played on Sega.
3993  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: try my new experiment with HotOrNot pictures! on: January 29, 2007, 08:25:45 AM
There is no start button when viewing the page in IE, but there is a red progress bar at the top, that the page with the pics automatically loads after it fills up.

Is this some sort of timer to allow the visitor time to read the page before it automatically begins?
3994  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: try my new experiment with HotOrNot pictures! on: January 29, 2007, 08:16:32 AM
maybe the experiment is to see how angry people get when they aren't shown promised hot pictures of the opposite sex?


3995  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive File System Questions on: January 28, 2007, 05:21:25 PM
I will just leave it be...too much bother & trouble and everything is fine now...plus I did start copying stuff onto it already.
3996  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive File System Questions on: January 28, 2007, 05:09:34 PM
Why use PartitionMagic in the first place, when you can use compmgmt.msc + format? smiley


Because I was only getting the option of NTFS...not FAT32.
3997  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive File System Questions on: January 28, 2007, 04:58:21 PM
Problem is solved!

Now let me explain how I did it...

I was told by a friend that Partition Magic has problems if you create more than 4 partitions on a hard drive with it...it will screw up partitions #5+.

Solution:

  • Use Windows to destroy the last 2 partitions.
  • Use Windows to recreate them and format them NTFS, if that is the only option you have.
  • Use Partition Magic to convert the 2 partitions to FAT32, shrinking them to under 60 gigs if necessary, first. (expand them to desired size when finished)
  • Reboot.

This worked and everything is now correctly reported.

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3998  Special User Sections / Accessibility Game Contest / Re: Entry for switch game category: 'Branston and the Lost Machine' on: January 28, 2007, 02:51:34 PM
This is one darn good game! And I think the cheesy graphics add to it's charm. I love it!  Kiss

I did find a bug almost as soon as I started playing it though. (that's to be expected if I run something...I always find a bug in everything)  embarassed

In the first house he can enter, if you go past the guy he talks to, and keep going, Branston suddenly rises up into the air, goes over the wall into a dark abyss and is never heard from again. (you have to reload the game)  Sad
3999  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. Challenge 2007 / Re: Cody Mug for NANY Participants on: January 28, 2007, 06:45:21 AM
At last, here they are, my nany mug pics:


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Directly behind me, in front of my pc case that is being blocked by my head in the first pic, is my jar of chocolate cody coins.
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Behind me, on the shelf and on top of my scanner, are my 'dead friends'...and yes, one has her own pc.
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By my speakers are my animal friends. I only know the name of one of them...Woe the Doe. (she has this 'woe is me' look on her face and I didn't have the heart to let her be thrown in the trash, so I rescued her from my daughter.)
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And hanging above my desk, which you can't see in the first picture, is my special dollar. It's the first dollar I ever made from programming, signed by the more than wonderful, generous person that gave it to me, who's nany mug pic is on my monitor in the first photo. Kiss
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4000  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive File System Questions on: January 28, 2007, 01:27:08 AM
This is what PTD is showing:
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Is there some sort of diagnostic tests in this? Because I didn't see anything other than a surface scan that this program can do.

And there was nothing that suggests that anything is wrong.

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