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3976  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.
3977  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.
3978  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
3979  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.
3980  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.
3981  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?
3982  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!"

3983  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:

3984  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Mintcamp: a new blog of interviews with developers and web designers on: August 07, 2007, 06:13:29 AM
Our very own mahesh2k has started a blog called Mintcamp, where he intends to post interviews with developers and web designers.

Quote from: Mahesh
Ok just wanted to let you know my purpose behind the mintcamp is to let world know there are talents out there which is not noticed,so mintcamp will continue to put light on such talent.

So far he has interviewed Sash (of SkyIDE) and me.

He plans on interviewing any developer or web designer that will sit still and allow it, so if you have any suggestions, let him know who you'd like to hear about next.

Oh...and if he asks you if YOU would like to be interviewed, don't be shy...he doesn't bite.


EDIT: mahesh2k has moved the interviews to his other blog, Onecore:
3985  Other Software / Programming School / Re: Programming languages for kids? Suggestions on learning as well. on: August 06, 2007, 09:52:40 PM
I found another one rated at being suitable for grades K-5:  FMSLogo

A Brief History Of Logo
Seymour Papert designed Logo to be powerful enough for computer research, but simple enough so that it could be enjoyed by children. Papert used Logo to conduct Artificial Intelligence and Robotics research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One of the robots that Logo controlled had a dome-shaped protective casing over its electronics that made it resemble a turtle. As personal computers became more affordable, the physical turtle was replaced by a virtual turtle on a computer screen. The virtual turtle was given a pen to help it fit into the familiar world of childhood learning. Drawing is already a natural part of childhood, but drawing with Logo is different than drawing with crayons. To draw with Logo, you must learn to think about drawing, enough so that you can teach a complete idiot (the turtle) how to draw.

You don't need the latest & greatest hardware/operating system. It's suitable for any PC that runs Windows 95 to XP...even a 10 year old slow hunk of junk will do well (I affectionately call those pc's 'snails' Kiss).

This sounds like it would be great for your 6 year old.

3986 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: timer that counts resting, interruptions, and work as separate entries on: August 06, 2007, 08:28:46 PM
I am going to be working on Instant Boss as soon as the weather cools down (the fall). It's hot & nasty here right now and there is no air conditioning in the room in which I have my PC. Not a good environment for thinking.

I have some plans for better logging that I am going to try to do. Everything will be logged. A lot of what you are asking for will be on tabs, within the application's log window.

Hopefully I'll be able to manage writing the logs to xml. That can open up a lot of possibilities for what you can do with that data, and other applications that can use it. You could even display it on your website or in a desktop widget (if someone makes one, but let's not get too far ahead just yet).

This is something I have really wanted to do. I feel it is desperately needed. The logging it currently does and how it is displayed isn't enough. Up until now I wasn't sure how I wanted to go about doing it and presenting it. I just couldn't visualize it.

I am also going to be doing something about that 'forgetting' and give you an option to automatically pause the application under certain conditions.

And, it will also have the ability to automatically open files, launch applications, and run scripts at designated points within your work cycle.
3987  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Information Overload: a review of the new MyAOL portal on: August 06, 2007, 05:39:53 PM
I have just written a review of the new MyAOL portal, that I am 'officially' beta testing. (While it is open for any AOL or AIM member to use, only official beta testers get to report bugs.)

The review is a tour & tutorial of the portal, and very loaded full of screenshots. I placed it on my blog, for better formatting.

I was quite surprised. It is a pleasure to use and quite interesting. MyAOL, one of the least popular features on their site, doesn't suck any more. It may even be worthy of being the start page in your browser.

3988  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Does my web page suck? on: August 06, 2007, 12:27:05 AM
I do share his hatred of 'mystery meat navigation', though.

And autoplaying sound and video files (why don't browsers have their very own mute button that will mute sounds only from the browser?).

3989 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: FirefoxPortable.exe on a small Flash Drive that will bring up an Index on: August 04, 2007, 06:46:00 PM
I hate to be the one to point this out, but a usb drive with vital info worn around a child's neck might not be the great idea it seems at first.

My immediate reaction to reading about this was 'Oh cool! great idea!'

But then I thought about this some more...

You have to give thought to all the things that could go wrong:

  • Safety: On a cord, around the neck can be a strangulation hazard to a child. On the shoe or wrist is a much safer location for ID.
  • Theft: You might as well put the info on a $20 bill. Putting something of 'value' in the possession of a child could make them a target to thieves, should they become lost. Will the usb drive still be on their person once they come in contact with someone that could offer them real help? And they are in no position to defend themselves against adult attackers that want nothing more than to rob them of anything that might be valuable. And all too often, even adults are victimized in emergency situations. I hear stories all the time about adults being robbed while they are unconscious, following car accidents.
  • Identity Theft: too much info spells trouble. Whatever solution you use shouldn't contain the entire life history and all info about the child and every family member. Should the drive fall into the wrong hands, either lost or stolen, it could be used to aid in identity theft of 1 or more persons who's info is on that drive. Your ID solution should contain nothing more than child's name, age, existing medical conditions, current medications, allergies, list of phone numbers to contact...should never contain any addresses, social security numbers, actual date of birth, place of more info that would be needed. Information overkill is not your friend if it falls into the wrong hands. The info should be sufficient, accurate, but nothing unnecessary.
  • Damage: What happens if it gets banged around or wet? Will it still work? Your solution should be able to survive through the worst disasters and still be able to give the vital info to emergency personnel.
  • Needs access to a computer: What if they are in a situation where the info is needed immediately and no computer access is handy? Will necessary info still be available? Low tech solutions need no special tools.
  • Not recognized as ID: Emergency personnel tend to look for things that are recognized as ID products. Going with something that is a nonstandard solution may make them overlook it or waste valuable time while they look for the known products like shoe tags, wristbands, etc. (please note that in the last link, the usb drive they offer is a toolkit meant to be kept by parents, at home, as part of an action plan, should a child end up missing)

Just some things for you to think about.
3990  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Article: Please don't steal this Web content on: August 04, 2007, 03:40:07 AM
What is worse is when these sites have a higher search engine ranking than the sites they steal content from.

It's even worse when your site's entire content ends up as a single blog post and that ends up on the front page of digg, with absolutely no credit given to your site. (I have had this happen to me)

It can be a pretty discouraging situation to be in when someone steals your content like this. It really doesn't do much for encouraging the victim to keep working hard and producing new content.

And I have some mixed feelings about software download sites that do this. On the one hand, they are promoting my software.

On the other, they are copying partial content from my web pages, leaving out important information or presenting it in a way that makes no sense. This is unfair and can make me and my applications look bad.

Most of the time it is for applications I don't have PAD files for. If I had wanted these applications to be included on software sites, I would have created PAD files for them and submitted it, myself.

The biggest problem with software sites doing things this way, without asking, is they never update the pages with correct or current info when you ask them to, and even if you have PAD files for your applications, changing the info in the PAD doesn't result in these sites getting updated. And they don't care if the info they give is inaccurate or outdated.

And it's not just the smaller, unknown sites that do this. Softpedia, a major site, seems to do this quite often.

I don't know if I should look at it as content and bandwidth theft or not. (many are hotlinking my screenshots and offering direct download links)

3991  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mapping websites on: August 03, 2007, 11:40:54 AM
Is this stuff really free? I wanted to download the program but saw a note about an expiry date. Is it a trial version?

You have to download, install, and activate before the expiry time or you don't get it for free.

You can not install or reinstall after that time. And the expiry time you see on that page isn't the real expiry time...that is just the download expiry on that file's hosting. The real expiry time is on the program page on GiveAwayOfTheDay, which is only 1 day.

If for any reason you mess up your OS and have to format and start from scratch, you will not be able to reinstall it.

So, this is an extended trial that lasts till you mess up your OS, which for some people that make regular backup images of their OS partition, could be forever.
3992  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Calling all people with writing skills: I am in need of help (A lot of help) on: August 03, 2007, 08:29:03 AM
I registered, but haven't got an e-mail.  It's only been about 20 minutes though, so...

I'd like JavaScript and PHP to start.  That's only 10, so it'll be done quickly.

Then I wouldn't mind doing Perl or Python, and then the other.

Thank you very much.

I sent you a private message.
3993  Other Software / Programming School / Re: Programming languages for kids? Suggestions on learning as well. on: August 02, 2007, 06:27:00 PM
I forgot all about Hackity Hack for learning Ruby.  embarassed

3994  Other Software / Programming School / Re: Programming languages for kids? Suggestions on learning as well. on: August 02, 2007, 06:13:47 PM
They teach Python to kids in school, here. That might be something you might like to look into.

But kids are not going to want to do the kind of MySQL related stuff that you do. No matter how bright they are, they are still kids. They would probably have more fun creating games than working with databases.

While on the topic of games, I would have to agree with mouser about Game Maker.

The free version is basic, maybe suitable for your 6 & 7 year old. The full version has it's own scripting language and some rather complex stuff can be made, and could possibly be perfect for your 9 year old. All 3 could even work together and make a group project out of creating games, dividing various tasks between themselves, based on their individual abilities.

Since your 9 year old already has some experience with Javascript, why not build on that?

She could probably have a lot of fun creating Yahoo Widgets. And if that isn't enough of a challenge, add a little XML and the Boxley kit and create some real applications. (Boxley is what they use at AOL to create GUI's for things like AIM)

The Boxely UI Toolkit uses XML and Javascript which empowers you to rapidly prototype and create applications without having to know complicated programming languages. If you already know how to create a web application using HTML and Javascript, then you're more than halfway there to creating a Boxely application!

Since they say you are too fast, maybe it would be a good idea to get a book that they can understand and let them teach themselves. (never underestimate the 'all by myself' factor...the ability to teach yourself is a valuable skill that will take you far in life, especially when it comes to programming)

If you do want to move into a major IDE, I would recommend Delphi. There is the free Turbo Delphi Explorer, so you won't have a major expense that could also be a risk if it doesn't pan out and be the right thing for them.

Delphi was the first language that clicked for me and made sense. It can be basic...or quite advanced. They won't outgrow it. It is Object Pascal, and Pascal was initially invented to teach programming. If you decide to go that route with them, can be a valuable resource to learn from, and they do have a beginners course there, complete with some fun projects.

There is also Leopard, which will allow them to learn programming by creating Weatherbug Widgets. Leopard was created just for kids, by a 14 year old kid, and is also used in many schools to introduce programming.

Part of the fun of programming is creating something fun and/or useful. The other part is being able to share it with others. If your kids can get involved with projects they can share with their friends...or something that could be useful to you, it will go far in encouraging them to continue working & learning. Something like Yahoo Widgets and Weatherbug is perfect for that because you'd be able to use the useful things they create.
3995 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Show number of characters as I type in email on: August 02, 2007, 12:24:44 AM
you need to create a profile & log in...and by that I mean set up an account, and create an alias on the site for each pc you will be running it on.
3996 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Show number of characters as I type in email on: August 01, 2007, 11:49:02 PM
In my signature is a blue banner for the Donation Coder Whatpulse team. They have a key counter application (not a key logger!) that you can send a pulse to clear it before you begin your email, keep the 'geek dialog' window open, and observe the key count it displays.

It will not count characters you paste, and it will count backspaces as key strokes. Not a perfect solution, but it is an option.

Plus you'd be contributing to the team's scores.  Wink

3997  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Dev-C++ Questions ? on: August 01, 2007, 12:41:22 PM
I have only used the compiler in Dev-C++ from command line.

This is the command you are looking for:

[copy or print]
strip <filename>

Don't ask me how to do it in the IDE, I have never actually used the IDE.  embarassed

It would be good to take a close look at the documentation for MinGW, as that is the compiler Dev-C++ uses.
3998 Software / Coding Snacks / Re: easy to locate current working folder(s)... and file(s) i suppose on: August 01, 2007, 08:53:56 AM
That's great news!

I was under the impression that they couldn't get it to work with Vista, and as a result they abandoned the project and turned it into freeware.
3999 Software / Coding Snacks / Re: easy to locate current working folder(s)... and file(s) i suppose on: August 01, 2007, 07:09:42 AM
Unless you are running Vista, FileBox Extender is pretty simple to use and will accomplish what you want to do.

It adds a little heart to the titlebar of the dialog, that when you click it, you get a menu.

All you have to is navigate to the folder once...then activate the menu and click the option at the bottom of the menu to add that folder, then select your file you wanted to open.

Next time you want to navigate to that folder, even in Explorer, you just click the heart and it will be in the list.


This is one application I don't think I could live without, just because of this feature, alone. But it has some other useful ones too.
4000  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Black Hat security presenter turned away at US border on: July 30, 2007, 08:01:20 PM
German security expert denied entry to the US for carrying training materials on analyzing software for security vulnerabilities

Thomas Dullien, who's also known by the nickname Halvar Flake, was denied entry into the U.S. because he was contracted to speak at Black Hat as a private individual and not as a representative of his company, according to a post on his blog. He was refused entry after customs officials found training materials he had packed in his luggage, it said.

Dullien, the CEO and head of research at Sabre Labs, was scheduled to conduct a two-day training course at Black Hat on analyzing software for security vulnerabilities. The session, set to start on Monday and limited to 18 attendees, was sold out.

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