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3976  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Why Ruby is so great and why I'll pass and wait for the next big thing.. on: May 24, 2007, 03:51:12 AM
Great post!

I'm afriad I'm in the same camp, and I agree 100%,...
I actually bit through the apple and spent a week exploring ruby and rails, by the end of it, the syntax was driving me crazy. I think they want code to look like plain English, but code doesn't look like plain English for a reason. Eventually, I told myself 'never again. Ruby isn't for me'.

If that's what they want, why aren't they programming in Plain English? Grin
3977  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Quick Thumbnail (an online approach) on: May 23, 2007, 06:55:28 PM
Well, he did learn a bit more about using GD, so it wasn't a total waste of time.
3978  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Quick Thumbnail (an online approach) on: May 23, 2007, 06:45:57 PM
I spent about an hour trying to talk him into downloading irfanview.

He didn't want to install anything on his pc to do it and he couldn't figure out how to batch resize in Photoshop.

After he attempted his own script on his server and running into probs with file sizes and couldn't figure out why, he gave up and finally followed my advice.  cheesy

What he was trying to do was write a script so he would be able to upload the originals, they would be automatically resized and stored, for his mom to download later.

He had a ton of 3008x2000 photos. Resizing them to 500 pixel width with his script, he was getting internal server errors...but it worked fine with 100 pixel width.

3979  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Define passive-aggressive on: May 23, 2007, 04:47:00 PM
an example would be telling your roomate that you wish you had been able to get more schoolwork done but it's hard for you to concentrate when there is a lot of noise (it's *passive* aggressive because what you are really *wanting* to say to roomate is: stop playing your music so loud!).

That would be an example of being polite.  cheesy

I think a more accurate example would be if you ask someone to do something, and rather than them telling you they don't want to do it, they agree to do it but then take forever to do it, so essentially, it never gets done. Or they deliberately do it badly so you'll never ask them again. They don't have the guts to tell you 'no'...but their actions are conveying their thoughts & feelings in a passive-aggressive way.

It allows them to get out of doing something they don't want to do, without being confrontational about it.

A perfect example would be the old Bill Cosby story about his wife asking him to make the kids breakfast. He doesn't want to, but she is in a bad mood so he doesn't dare tell her that. Instead, he goes downstairs and feeds them all chocolate cake. When she finds out and freaks out, his reasoning behind it was that cake contains eggs, milk, flour...all the things in pancakes...it's nutritious...and then adds that they wanted the chocolate cake...they asked for it (blaming the kids for his screw up). So she never asks him to make breakfast again, because she doesn't want him to screw it up again.  Grin
3980  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Quick Thumbnail (an online approach) on: May 23, 2007, 02:43:42 PM
Bulk upload support? Where is that and how does that work?

I have a friend that is in dire need of something to batch resize a bunch of pics from his camera. But all I can see on the page is uploading 1 file at a time.

Actually, he may be in touch with you very soon as it's a large amount of pics that need resizing...almost a gig.
3981  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Calling for help - again ! on: May 23, 2007, 07:26:08 AM
If you can boot into a French XP, can you change the default language within Windows to US English?

In Control Panel it would be Regional and Language Options (at least that is what it is in English.)

I think the problem might be with the keyboard drivers not being loaded yet when you see that selection window. This happens sometimes with usb keyboards and mice...the drivers not being loaded till Windows loads. I don't recall it happening with laptop keyboards, at least not with my daughter's HP laptop.

Do the directional arrow keys work in the bios setup at all? Can you even access the bios setup? (I am thinking there could be a problem with that, if the keyboard won't work till you are in Windows.)

If there is a problem, is there any way to plug a ps/2 keyboard in? That might be a possible work around.
3982  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why don't you pay for software? on: May 23, 2007, 06:50:05 AM
There are no linux developers, so they don't have to worry about earning a living. Don't you know that all linux software is free and comes from magical software fairies? Don't pay any attention to the PayPal button on the website. It's just there to hold the website together. It's magical. If you remove it, the whole site falls apart.</sarcasm>
3983  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: May 23, 2007, 06:37:22 AM
Personally I don't like wood glue. It's too runny and it has a very weak bond.

I prefer something called Velverette, but as far as I know, they don't make it any more and I have not found a suitable replacement for it yet.

Good thing I still have a few jars of it.  cheesy

I discovered it when I was going to school for floral design. (it was marketed as a floral adhesive...alternative to hot glue)

I use it anywhere that crazy glue, 10 ton epoxy, or duct tape is unsuitable or won't work.

It's very thick (thicker than the typical tacky glue),very tacky, dries clear, and has a slow enough drying time to allow you to adjust things properly.

It comes in a jar. You have to dip a paint brush or wooden skewer in there to get it out. Cleaning up the excess is very easy with a damp paper towel.

I have used it to glue towel racks to ceramic tile in a location where humidity and moisture are a concern. (I may have to remove them some day, since I rent, and I can do this without damaging the tiles) The towel racks have held strong for about 10 years, so far.

I have used it to hold the wood & hinge together on a closet door after it split and the hinge & a piece of the wood fell off.

It holds screws into my walls.

It is holding my desk together in many places, including the little knobs that my keyboard tray rests on.

3984  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: May 23, 2007, 12:32:26 AM
I like the idea too...but I think the 'books' need to be more personal.

my suggestions:

  • Donationware for Dummies
  • Mouser's guide to running an IRC mental hospital
  • Coin Collecting for Birds - by Cody

3985  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Emulate a green monitor to reduce eye strain. on: May 22, 2007, 02:41:50 AM
I am not too sure exactly what the problem is, except that I would have to compare reading text on a LCD to being about the same as reading a book under flourescent light. Not something I can do for any length of time without my eyes burning and feeling like I have sand in them.

And even though I have ClearType turned on, the text really isn't all that clear.

Reading on a CRT is much easier for me. The text is much cleaner, sharper. My eyes feel much more relaxed.
3986  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Emulate a green monitor to reduce eye strain. on: May 21, 2007, 12:03:38 PM
You could just wear a pair of sunglasses or get a real filter for your screen, rather than trying to make a homemade one.

I used to have one of these way back when I was using a 15" CRT. It took me awhile to adjust to life without one when I moved up to a larger CRT monitor that it wouldn't fit on.

I am beginning to wonder if I should start saving my money and buy one for this LCD. It's been over a year and I still haven't been able to get used to the difference between a CRT and LCD.


WARNING: These are very expensive.
3987  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: May 21, 2007, 04:02:05 AM
Down at the bottom of the page, in Step #3:  http://www.acehardware.co...-shelves--bg-1285343.html

If this is what you are doing with the adjustable shelves, according to that page, the type used in images 1 & 2 are only suitable for light loads. Books are not light.


3988  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: little AHK tool to force Windows to do what it should on: May 21, 2007, 12:11:34 AM
I attempted to do that here:  http://www.donationcoder....ic=8212.msg58698#msg58698

You will notice I changed the topic name to "DONE: DriveKeysAtoZ" but it didn't seem to stick.  huh
3989  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Borland c++ BUILDER tutorials? on: May 20, 2007, 11:19:58 AM
The original help files from C++ Builder 6 (you need a free membership account to download it): http://cc.codegear.com/item/24339

And these were taken from my free programming ebooks site:

All of these should be a big help with getting started. Don't forget to take a look at my ebooks site too. Lots of C++ books available for free.
3990  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: UK pc con (sorry, i mean repair) man captured for TV show on: May 20, 2007, 08:11:42 AM
I heard about this yesterday from Martin, in my chatroom. I thought his description was hilarious, but seeing the actual video is great.  Grin

You're right, the license plate is the icing on the cake!

I have tried to read what it says over & over and I still can't make it out. (it's a blur)  Sad
3991  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox on: May 20, 2007, 12:09:11 AM
pumpkin bread must be worth a second (or subsequent) mortgage  Evil

I don't know about anybody else's, but mine sure is.  tongue

I'm in Australia.  I would have to fly to the US.  Not that that is out of the question.  I would love to visit the US.  The main problem is money.

mouser says nobody is allowed to miss it, so you will have to be there. Start saving up for the trip now.  cheesy
3992  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Things I can do in Linux that I can't do on Windows on: May 19, 2007, 11:16:00 PM
11. Learn about, support, and appreciate the value of free software.

He should come take a look at my windows boxes...they loaded with free software...of all kinds.

And he should pay a visit here, too.

One doesn't need to use Linux to do #11. Roll Eyes
3993  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox on: May 19, 2007, 10:30:34 PM
Can I have some?

I'll brings some to the DC reunion.  Wink
3994  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox on: May 19, 2007, 06:14:25 PM
cmpm was just sharing his experiences with both IE 7 and Firefox.

Based on his thoughts, feelings, and experiences with both, he came to some conclusions about both applications. They both have their good points and bad points.

He discovered that he has a use for both, but neither browser is perfect enough for him to become the only browser he uses for everything.

I see nothing wrong with this.

He is happy with his decision to use both browsers for the things he feels they are best at.

I see nothing wrong with this either.

There were some suggestions offered about alternatives that might possibly make one or the other browser be the browser that does it all.

Nothing wrong with that either.

But cmpm decided he doesn't want to try some of the suggestion because he has some concerns about them.

There is nothing wrong with this either. It is his pc and he can avoid any software he chooses in order to keep his system safe. He can base his decision on a gut feeling...or even 'voodoo magic' if he chooses. If he decides he doesn't want to take the risk, that is his right. If it turns out he was correct, his system is safe. And even if he is wrong, his system is still safe.

He doesn't have to prove anything to anybody to have the right NOT to install some application. Attacking him for exercising that right doesn't help anybody.

Personally, I have 5 browsers that I use for various purposes. Not 1 of them can be my browser that does everything. No matter what suggestions anyone makes, that isn't going to change.

Nothing I can add to Firefox is going to make it handle rss feeds exactly like AOLex. And nothing I could add to IE is going to make it as good at doing the things I use Firefox for. And nothing I could add to any of the other browsers is going to make it as good at organizing tabs into groups as opera is in true MDI mode. And nothing I could add to any of them is going to make them open as fast as AOLex. And nothing I could add to any of them is going to duplicate Crystalport's custom channels feature, exactly.

And sometimes even if the same functionality can be duplicated, it doesn't matter...because it doesn't look exactly the same. And maybe...just maybe...I like looking at it because I think it's pretty.

There is no one-size-fits-all in software. And this is a good thing. It means that there are many things to choose from and many more applications will come along in the future to play with.

So there is no sense fighting because someone doesn't want to use the same software as you. One should not have to defend their choice not to duplicate your system on theirs.

So let's stop the bickering and get back to doing what it is that we all enjoy, which for me right now happens to be baking some pumpkin bread.  Kiss
3995  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. Challenge 2007 / Re: DC Forum Post Notifier Lite (a.k.a. Pop-Up Cody) - v1.1.51 - May 16, 2007 on: May 19, 2007, 02:16:03 PM
Maybe by allowing us experts to change the RSS feed the notifications are based on? (don't know if that would work)

Yes that won't be too hard. Lemme see what I can do.  smiley

If you do this, would that mean that the popups would work with any smf forum's feed and not just DC's? (I know the extras would still be based on DC's forum)

How possible would it be to have more than 1 feed url? That way you could keep an eye on just the sections you want on DC's forum...or keep an eye on everything from DC and another smf forum.

(I am just thinking of ways this could be useful outside of DC and have a wider appeal.)

Maybe this is something you could think about for the pro version.
3996  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to restore dual boot on: May 19, 2007, 05:53:14 AM
If you have PartitionMagic, it comes with something called BootMagic. It will present you with a list of OS's that are found on your system and give you the choice of which to load.

My dad used it when he had 2k, xp, and ME installed on the same machine.

I don't know if any of the free boot managers that linux users use will be any good for this, so I can't give any advice on them or even say which are any good.

Someone here with more experience with those could probably tell you which would work and be best.
3997  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Web Mail Recommendation? on: May 18, 2007, 03:48:39 AM
Speaking of ads...

When you send an email from your Yahoo account, they tack ads to the end of it. The receiver sees these ads...same with Hotmail.  embarassed

Gmail...they don't put ads in the mails you send out. The only ads seen are by the Gmail account holder, in the right side panel, if you use the webmail...not in the emails themselves....and not seen at all if you use Gmail with POP access.

Something to think about. Do you want to send people email + ads? or just email?

Something else I remember about Hotmail and Yahoo...they spam you with ads. It's not enough that they are tacking ads onto everything you send out, they have to send you mail to your inbox full of ads too. I don't get extra crap to delete from Google like I did from Yahoo & Hotmail.
3998  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Web Mail Recommendation? on: May 17, 2007, 02:47:12 PM
I have been a Gmail user since the very beginning (invited by Google).

I love it!   Kiss

You can use the webmail...or pop3 with any mail client. (I prefer the webmail)

I also used to be a Yahoo mail user. I never was crazy about it.

What you can do is let her try Gmail. If she doesn't like it, get her a Yahoo account and set up forwarding from the Gmail one to the Yahoo account so she won't lose anything coming in or have to log into 2 accounts to get her mail. I don't think Yahoo has automatic mail forwarding, but Gmail does.
3999  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: why all logout? on: May 17, 2007, 06:31:06 AM
I do not know any other way.  Sad

This is how I do it on non-english websites.
4000  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: why all logout? on: May 17, 2007, 05:43:45 AM
I do not think you can be logged in with the translation page.

Open 2 pages:
  • 1 in google translator
  • 1 normal

Use the translated one as a guide to what the buttons say.

Post from the real page.
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