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3976  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: registration benefits on: October 05, 2007, 08:41:13 PM
I used to have a Storm Imagewave scanner. The company that made it went out of business.

The prob I had with the scanner was that it forced registration on you when you installed the drivers for the scanner...every single time...and you had to have a dialup modem to do it because it would want to dial out to some 800 number....and there was no way to opt out. (and the phone number didn't exist any more) 

The only other time I have bothered to register something was some software of my daughter's for doing makeovers. Even though you bought and paid for the software on CD (at a price of almost $100 to cover cost of software + crappy digital camera), they made you register it to get a code to unlock all the features. They were also kind enough to install some spyware on your pc along with the software.

Thankfully, neither of these products are available any more.
3977  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DC Unofficial Meeting #5 Took Place - Veign and Mouser meet on: October 05, 2007, 01:48:50 PM
i just grew mine to impress chris - i plan on shaving it off today now that he is gone  Wink

You should grow it till spring, at least. It will keep you warm all winter and you'll save money on razors.  cheesy
3978  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats on your desktop? on: October 04, 2007, 07:01:37 AM
nice desktop all right App smiley
maybe you should autohide your todo list as well though !!
(for peace of mind of course)

do those widgets come looking that good or is that a theme -
couldnt be your win theme cause youre using windows classic  undecided

so where does one get such nice clocks & temperature readings etc  smiley
I mean i know they're yahoo but there's thousands of them out there....
(i searched for cpu clock but couldnt see those ones)

That are naturally that good looking. (although I may have tweaked color, size, transparency a bit)

On the left, from top to bottom:

iStat CPU
iStat Memory
(they have other similar style widgets too, and some for Vista sidebar)

SpeedFan Widget needs SpeedFan installed (I have the older v5, I like the look much better than v6)
Yahoo Notepad

On the right:
Yahoo Calendar
Werewolf Monitor
Yahoo Day Planner

WAH - they are SERIOUSLY SCARY toolbars - no wonder you hide them!

While other people like things like FARR and Launchy, I prefer doing it this way.

I have had a giant hidden taskbar on the right side of my screen for as long as I have used Windows. I inherited my first pc set up that way and would go insane if it were any other way. It is the first change I make when installing a fresh copy of Windows on a PC.

I don't have a pic of the old P1 with the way it looked with Win98. This is the oldest I have, from about 2002 on my P3 with WinME:

This is from a series of screenshots I made with various toolbars expanded, so in case I had to reinstall the OS I could restore the exact position of every icon. (yup, I am a digital packrat that saves everything, including backups from a dead pc I don't even have any more)
3979  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats on your desktop? on: October 04, 2007, 12:38:19 AM
Updated desktop (there have been some major changes)

I now have 2 giant autohiding toolbars:


and with them hidden, you get to see the wallpaper my talented photographer daughter created....and my yahoo widgets (and the 'todo list of doom' with things that never get done)

3980  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Online Privacy Policy Generator on: October 02, 2007, 03:55:05 PM
I just looked around and did find this EULA generator:

Just enter a company name and product name and click the button to download a text file with them inserted into the proper places.

Quick & easy, but I am not sure if the EULA is all that great or if you would like using it without editing it a lot to suit your needs.

3981  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Online Privacy Policy Generator on: October 02, 2007, 03:16:02 PM
Anyone know of an online EULA generator?

You might like to keep your eyes on the "Fair" End User License Agreement (FEULA). It's in beta right now, and they are still working the kinks out of it, but it looks pretty promising. (more info here)

Any new updated versions will appear here along with links to any other EULA related posts from that blog.
3982  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Software Copy Protection Questions on: October 02, 2007, 08:48:33 AM
Like I said originally, how much time & energy do you want to devote to making a free puzzle game for crackers.

Tinjaw's question was a 2 part one:

1. How to protect his app from crackers that will try to beat the licensing of his game.
2. How to protect the images in the game.

To both of them, it's futile. You can do all kinds of things and waste a lot of time, money, and energy..and still it won't be enough.

So far most of the responses to tinjaw's post have been related to #1 and not really addressing the issue of #2. My answer was for #2 and not really addressing #1.

Honest people don't use cracks, they pay for games.

And those that use cracks will not buy your game any way, so no money is lost there.

And those that crack the games do it for fun. You provide them with a free puzzle game no matter what you do. And they will be going after beating the licensing...not likely trying to extract the images.

And my comment about detecting tools was referring to tools ordinary users would use to make screen captures of the game in order to get the images...not to crackers cracking the game itself to bypass licensing. I am sorry if I didn't make that clear enough.

Why detect if the game is running in vmware? Well the screen capture tools might not be installed on the virtual machine, but still exist and are running outside the vm.

But you know what? You still can't stop the screen shots even if you do that. What about a user simply using the print screen key and pasting into paint? Are you going to disable that key while the game is running? What about if a user remaps the key to another? Are you going to disable all keys on the keyboard to prevent that too?

What you need to do is keep the comic book company happy with the amount of protection you use and not annoy honest people while preventing them from doing stupid things.

Forget about crackers...they aren't the real issue. They will crack your game no matter what and you can't stop them.

If shutting down the game when a screen capture utility is detected to keep ordinary users from getting the images is going too far, then you don't do that.

But remember what I said when the comic book company starts screaming about their images all over the web. You would do better to go with some reasonable protection and spend the extra time preparing a speech to give the comic book company when they get upset that the protection of their images has failed.
3983  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Programming 101 Lesson: Don't Purge User Data on: October 02, 2007, 01:28:29 AM
Purging old data...and banks...

You can almost count on it that if he had defaulted on his account and it wasn't in good standing, that his info wouldn't have been lost. They would never have purged the data related to THAT kind of closed/inactive account. They would keep that forever.
3984  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Software Copy Protection Questions on: October 02, 2007, 01:17:10 AM
i might suggest a more middle of the road approach.  find a suitable protection that doesn't inconvenience the user, and don't expect miracles from it.

I have to agree with mouser on this.

You have to decide what line of business you are in:
1. Are you making games to sell to honest people?
2. Are you making free puzzle games for crackers?

You will always be doing #2, no matter what protection you use.

How much time & money do you want to invest in providing free puzzle games for crackers? How much fun do you want them to have? They will solve any puzzle game you throw at them, eventually.

Go with enough protection to keep honest people honest and enough protection to keep the comic book company satisfied that you have made a reasonable effort to protect their property.

If the comic book company wants something stronger and more expensive, maybe you should suggest they buy you a license for the protection you'll be using. I don't think you would have a problem using any solution they told you to use, as long as they were paying for it. And when they see the cost, they might see things your way with the more reasonable priced solution.

I'm afraid mouser is right.

Okay, first off: use a "wad"/"pack"/"bigfile" approach, instead of individual files... (ie., like ID software have been doing since doom and earlier). This will keep regular users from messing around, but will be "no match for batman". You can add encryption on top of that to prevent hexeditor-capable users from identifying file signatures, but obviously this won't stop reverse engineers.

That's a good approach. It keeps the files from being easily accessed by the common user.

Another thing you can do is what some web designers & artists do with their images on the web...chop them up in pieces and fit them together in the game to appear as a single image.

If someone manages to get the images out of whatever way you packed them, they will not be all that usable without having a ton of fun fitting them back together in photoshop, which would be time consuming work. It would be faster and easier to just scan the comic books for the images if they want them that bad.

But keep in mind that there are tools available to make screenshots of games, so they might not need to do much work to get what they want any way. And there really isn't much you can do to stop that kind of copying.

About the only thing you can do is get a list of the tools they would be using, and try to detect them and shut down the game if any are detected running. (and don't forget to detect if the game is running on an OS in something like VMware)
3985  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for an E-Mail Client which can be run on an USB Stick on: September 30, 2007, 05:50:56 PM
if you need a POP email client, and a ton more, try the one included with Floppy Office. (it's nPOPuk)

NPopUK  is a full featured email client (a far improved version of the brilliant nPOP itself), which as it is, can almost replace MS Outlook Express. It supports authentication, address book, multiple POP accounts and much more!

Floppy office is a collection of small portable utilities perfect for a USB stick, and the whole collection is actually small enough to fit on a single floppy. There are at least 15 applications in it:

Quote from: Floppy Office v3.4  from
KPad ( - A simple MDI Rich Text editor
(replaces Wordpad)

NPop ( - A complete POP3 email client
(almost replaces Outlook Express)

Ted ( - An unbelievably full featured notepad replacement which
supports unicode.(completely replaces notepad, and then some)

EVE ( A vector editor graphics program which can serve as a flow chart tool
(replaces MS Paint, even though Paint is a bitmap editor...)

iFtp ( A simple FTP client
(replaces WSFTP)

110k Zipper (100ziper.exe) - A small zip/unzip utility
(almost replaces Winzip)

PDF Producer ( - A simple text-PDF conversion application
(almost replaces PDF printer driver)

Spread32 ( -  A full-featured spreasheet program.
Version 19991112 Beta is the last free one. (almost replaces MS Excel)

MemPad ( - keeps little tree sytle notes with a handy index.
(handy rudimentary outliner)

RenameFiles ( - a handy program for
renaming multiple files in a single step


dsCrypt (dscrypt.exe) - An AES/Rijndael file encryption software

X-Pass ( - X-Pass reveals all system password fields

dsDEL (dsdel.exe) - dsDEL is a secure file deletion utility

TinyWeb Server ( - Complete web server, WWW supports MIME file typing, CGI, common log format, and multi-hosting

TinyBox ( - A graphical user interface for TinyWeb Server!
There is a newer version 3.9 available but I haven't downloaded it yet.

3986  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: how do you represent 'time' in your head? on: September 28, 2007, 09:52:50 PM
This probably wouldn't help you design a diagram at all, and I am not sure if this is what you meant, but this is how I see it...and some of it is probably pretty weird...

Thinking of hours, minutes, seconds...I am kind of classic, with an old analog style clock in my head that runs on 12hr time. The color changes between white (midnight - noon) & black (noon-midnight). A day is 2 circles that overlap each other.

Weeks are pretty much a straight line, like a typical wall are months. When I think of a day in relation to a week or a month, they are pretty much like marking it on a calendar page. They are no longer circles.

A year is circular, moving counter-clockwise, with January at the top, and August at the bottom. (Yes, I know that this is a bit disproportionate but that's how I see it)

The progression of years...

It is a line...moving from left (past) to right (present/future). The time of my birth is at the center, straight in front of me (or slightly to the left of that point). Putting my arms straight out in front of me, the present is in line with my right hand...the future, transparent and off beyond my right hand. The year 1900 sits at my left hand. Everything before that is beyond my left hand.

Each year is a disk on that line, with them overlapping in blocks to represent decades, or centuries, depending on what I am thinking about.

Sometimes I perceive this with color, if it helps to keep things in perspective and separate blocks of time from others.

Visualizing actual events (either from memory or just imagination of the past from before my life)...Everything from 1970 to present is in color...things between 1900 - 1970 are in black & white. Going back in time, everything from about the middle ages to 1900 are in sepia tones...anything before that is in color again. The future is translucent and ghosty.

Do the images in my head move, like video? Only things during my lifetime...everything else is like old photos or paintings.
3987  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Brand new web-based live text chat channel interface -- try it! on: September 28, 2007, 10:19:31 AM
I know what the problem is...

Adding 'dc' to the beginning of names creates the possibility of a name beginning with 'dcc' which efnet will not allow because they think it is a 'dcc bot' (file server bot used for distribution of warez & crap)

Maybe if your script can detect when someone enters a name beginning with 'C', and it could insert an underscore before it to separate it from the 'dc' prefix...that could fix the problem.
3988  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking For Online HTML Page Creator on: September 28, 2007, 01:39:18 AM
I was just about to reply with the same one lanux128 found. After a lot of searching and comparing, that was the best one that I found. It was the only real WYSIWYG one that came up in my results, that wasn't attached to some type of free web hosting service.  Thmbsup
3989  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Online Privacy Policy Generator on: September 28, 2007, 01:25:53 AM
Constructing a privacy policy for your website, from scratch, can be a complicated process... but it really doesn't have to be any more.

Here is a cool 'fill in the blanks' approach that will generate a complete privacy policy page for your site, quickly and easily.

You have the options to generate an HTML page in which you can save, or you can have it emailed to you as either HTML or plain text.

3990  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Software for Starving Students on: September 27, 2007, 11:34:12 PM

Software for Starving Students is a free collection of programs organized for students (but available to anyone). We've gathered a list of best-in-class programs onto one CD (one disc for OS X, one for Windows), including a full-featured office suite, a cutting-edge web browser, multi-media packages, academic tools, utilities and more. For more information, check out our Questions and Answers.

What is included:
OS XWindows
  • Adium
  • Audacity
  • Bleezer
  • Blender
  • Cashbox
  • Celestia
  • Cyberduck
  • Firefox
  • FreeDMG
  • Freemind
  • Genius
  • GeoGebra
  • GLtron
  • HandBrake
  • ImageBurner
  • Latin WORDS
  • Monolingual
  • NeoOffice
  • NVU
  • Pac the Man X
  • Platypus
  • POV-Ray
  • Quinn
  • Schoolhouse
  • Seashore
  • Smultron
  • Stellarium
  • Thunderbird
  • Transmission
  • TypeTrainer4Mac
  • VideoLAN Client
  • 7-Zip
  • Ant Renamer
  • Audacity
  • AutoGK
  • Blender
  • Celestia
  • ClamWin
  • Dia
  • Exact Audio Copy
  • FileZilla
  • Firefox
  • Foobar2000
  • Freeciv
  • GeoGebra
  • Icebreaker
  • InfraRecorder
  • Inkscape
  • jMemorize
  • Juice Receiver
  • KeePass
  • MozBackup
  • MP3Gain
  • Notepad++
  • Paint.NET
  • Pidgin
  • POV-Ray
  • PuTTY
  • Scribus
  • Spybot S&D
  • Stellarium
  • SuperTux
  • Thunderbird
  • Tortoise SVN
  • Tux Typing 2
  • ĀµTorrent
  • VLC Media Player
  • WinDirStat
  • Wink
  • winLAME

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3991 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: (10+2)*5 Timer on: September 27, 2007, 01:08:52 AM
now this is the *ideal* program to be merged with Temptation Blocker, which has been sadly abandoned by its author. the program blocks your distractions ((firefox/IE mostly for me) on the computer, though it lacks a key feature: once you take a break, nothing stops you frmo making it two hours long! Read more about the program, with soutce available:

Could someone bring both goodies together?

If someone could figure out how to make something similar, in 2 parts (one to lock, one to release) my next version of Instant Boss will be able to run them at appropriate times (run lock b4 work, release b4 break)

A user requested the ability to launch programs, open files, and run scripts at various points during the work/break cycle and it is something I will be adding.

This has a smart timer built into it.
Basically if there is no mouse or keyboard entry for x minutes, the software assumes the person is not there and resets the break timer when hey return.
This also follows the WORK+BREAK Algorythm

Option to automatically pause after a user specified length of system idle time will be added as well, but this feature will not be available for 9x users, since there is no easy way for me to do it for that OS without causing issues on slow machines. I'll still be thinking up some 'crafty' workaround so 9x users will eventually have a working substitute feature.
3992  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Webfind) Programmer Personality Test on: September 25, 2007, 01:50:05 AM

You're a Planner.
You may be slow, but you'll usually find the best solution. If something's worth doing, it's worth doing right.

You like coding at a High level.
The world is made up of objects and components, you should create your programs in the same way.

You work best in a Solo situation.
The best way to program is by yourself. There's no communication problems, you know every part of the code allowing you to write the best programs possible.

You are a liBeral programmer.
Programming is a complex task and you should use white space and comments as freely as possible to help simplify the task. We're not writing on paper anymore so we can take up as much room as we need.
3993  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Blondie still going strong on: September 21, 2007, 05:28:51 PM
I had Eat to the Beat on 8-track.  tongue

Atomic and Shayla were 2 of my fav songs when I was 13-14...but the whole album was great.  Kiss

Strange trivia: Back in 1996, the New Jersey State Treasury Department used "One Way or Another" as their theme song for their tax amnesty program, that tried to get tax cheats to turn themselves in, granting them immunity from prosecution if they did.  Grin

Patco licenses both the music of "One Way Or Another" and the original Blondie recording for a Tax Amnesty offered by the New Jersey State Treasury Department. The radio and television campaign, created by Gianettino and Meredith of Short Hills, New Jersey, runs for three months and causes the state to collect $60,000,000.00 in back taxes. No doubt it had something to do with the lyrics of the song assuring delinquent taxpayers that "One way, or another, I'm gonna find ya, I'm gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha...."
3994  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What Are My Options To Test On Mac OS X? on: September 18, 2007, 06:46:54 PM
There is PearPC.

This was recommended when I asked rkarman this same question about 8 months ago, on behalf of a friend when she needed to compile & test a Mac version of her application.

I remembered him saying he used something at his job but at that time I couldn't remember what it was called. I'll see if I can persuade him to leave a comment about his experiences with it.

You will still need a copy of the OS disks.
3995  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Put That Old Computer To Good Use on: September 18, 2007, 12:18:04 AM
Unless you are forced to rely on it as your main PC, you may be tempted to throw an older computer away, thinking it is useless and obsolete. But don't make that mistake!

Over on Daily Cup of Tech is a great article about twelve useful things you can do with an older PC, that you may be thinking of permanently retiring. All kinds of things from a firewall/router to a file server to a bittorrent box.

So head on over and get some ideas and don't put the snail on the curb just yet. It still has plenty of life left in it.

3996  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Prelude to request for help for distributed pc cycles help from dc community on: September 16, 2007, 11:28:23 PM
it would be fantastic if TOOWILD could help out.   cheesy
3997  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Prelude to request for help for distributed pc cycles help from dc community on: September 16, 2007, 09:53:54 PM
I have a 233mhz on dialup that can be used exclusively for this for as long as you need, and I have my 3.2 ghz main pc that is always running and online.
3998 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA - Always on top, hotkey activated StopWatch on: September 15, 2007, 08:56:56 PM
Sure...not a problem. I'd be happy to add it.  smiley
3999  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Comments to this forum: regarding display image on: September 15, 2007, 03:01:05 AM
The problem with linked images is if the link dies, so does the image.

What if the image you are linking to is gone in a month or 2 or 6? The post you linked the image in will be showing a broken image.

If you attach the image however, it will be there for the life of the forum.
4000  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming Can Ruin Your Life: A Fantastic Blog Essay on the Mind of a Coder on: September 14, 2007, 02:57:11 AM
Even though I will use the term programmer to include both programmers & developers, there is a difference between the two and how they think about what they do, so if you don't agree with this guy's essay or what I am about to say, it could be because one is written by a programmer and the other by a developer.

  • For a developer, the application is the work of art, and the code is the paintbrush that creates it.
  • For a programmer, the code is the work of art.

Programmers become obsessed with perfection.

I think we are born obsessed with perfection, rather than become that way.

I have been a picky perfectionist for as long as I can remember, way before I knew what a computer was. Since early childhood..putting my dolls away in their original clothing, including all accessories, in their original packaging...sorting my clothes by color in my closet.

If it doesn't fit my idea of perfection it annoys me. I will see only the flaws until they are all fixed. And this is in everything. And I will spend way too much time fixing things most people wouldn't bother with.

Is programming the road to ruin? Or is it that those with a predilection for detail and mental gymnastics find themselves drawn to it. Perhaps it simply exacerbates a pre-existing mindset. There are certainly other traits (stereotypical or not) that most programmers seem to share.

I think the latter would be more accurate.

I think most programmers will recognize some of themselves in this essay -- but it's real value may be to those people who live with coders and want some insight into why they are the way they are.

So if you're a coder with a significant other, print this out and give your loved one a copy to read.  It may help them understand why you are the way you are..

It really doesn't explain it at all. We are what we are, and are the way we are, before we are even exposed to programming. It's not programming that does it to's why we are attracted to it.

We are programmers on the inside long before we even understand what that means or even type our first line of code. The way of thinking is already there, programming may just make that way of thinking become more refined.

Our kind existed long before computers. We were always the builders, inventors, tinkerers, and creators. Your grandmother may have been one of us if she loved to crochet. It can be compared to coding in asm. And you can be almost sure that if she spent any large amount of her spare time doing it, she was thinking about it and stitching and creating new patterns in her mind while she was doing other things. (crocheting was something else I took to, at a young age, like a duck takes to water)

The article does a so-so job of explaining what we are, and to a degree why we may be attracted to programming, but not really accurate about why we think the way we do.

A friend of mine once said that programmers are at least 70% control freak, and that you will rarely find 2 programmers married to each other and it actually working, because in the relationship each wants their 70% of the control and that adds up to 140%, which is why it doesn't work.

And that in an environment in which 2 or more programmers are teamed to work together on the same project, it only can work if they consider themselves as members of the same team in a game of programmer vs machine.

And if they are too much over the 70% mark, they won't work well with other programmers because they will want all the power & control over the machine for themselves and will be unwilling to share enough to get the job done. These are the ones that are better off working by themselves.

I don't know how true the 70% figure is, but I do understand the programmer vs machine game and the desire to win and be in charge of the machine, rather than the machine being in charge of you. (even though we all know the machine is always in charge of you any way, I am referring to the idea of getting it to do what you want rather than it doing as it pleases and driving you mad)

I guess she could be right about how much we want to be in control of things in other areas of our lives that don't involve computers, such as our relationships. And I think we may also react to a lack of control in those other areas by burying ourselves in our work in order to compensate for that lack of control. That we will do anything to have it, or at least feel like we have it, somewhere, as if to say if you can't be in control of your life you will go be in control of a computer, instead.

I also think that programmers are like drug addicts. There is no high in the world quite like the one you get when you think you have won that programmer vs machine game, and solved a difficult problem or completed a project, or found and fixed an elusive bug that has been driving you crazy. It is the best feeling in the world, and it's quite addictive. It keeps you coming back for more....and more...and more.

I think a lot of programmers and software engineers/developers fall under the INTJ personality type. Many of you are probably already familiar with the Myers Briggs typology.

I am an ENFP:
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