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1  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Random electronics projects on: September 29, 2014, 09:22:33 PM
Curious how the following is going to turn out:



I have an old Heathkit scope I bought at the Goodwill.  It works, but has a time-machine glitch in it (the tops of the waveforms tend backwards) and I haven't found a manual to adjust it yet, but really I would like something to replace it that doesn't cost a million bucks.  Been saving my pennies for this:


I never thought that maybe an Arduino with a display could do the basics, but it looks like some folks have done it:

For simple audio signal tracing, I've used Xoscope to good effect:

I've done audio equipment repair in my youth, and tried my hand at designing guitar sound effects units (stompboxes), but never really went anywhere with that.  I have an arduino, and am fascinated by what others have done with it, but I'm having trouble coming up with my own ideas for it.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 29, 2014, 08:56:29 PM


3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: September 29, 2014, 07:53:26 PM
However, that means it is not a perpetual motion after all. It would consume cats bread and butter as fuel, as all three organic components would require regular replacement.

But it would still produce energy over unity which means it would produce more power than was put in.  Take the total caloric value of your average house cat + slice of buttered bread, and as long as the energy output was more, it still counts as perpetual motion.

In that case it would be a per-pet-ual motion machine.

Sorry - I shoulda added the  Grin to my comment!  Having a cat who needs regular application of an ointment, I just know how easy to work with they are as a species...  tongue

 Grin Grin Grin
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: September 28, 2014, 08:23:30 PM

I meant in the context of using said cat for infinite energy, which is absurd, therefore making my comment a meta-absurdity or something.  IRL I love cats and would never "simply replace" one.  All the cats I have known and taken responsibility for have held important places in my life, and I remember each one fondly.  C'mon, did you really get the idea that I only think of cats as simple replaceable utilities in fantastical free-energy-production schemes?  
I seriously hope not... ohmy
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: September 28, 2014, 04:40:56 PM
Well... technically yes, and the cat would eventually die also, but... Any energy production system based on perpetual motion is not really expected to ALWAYS stay in motion, but simply that the energy production be at or over unity.  There would be periods of shutdown for cleaning, repair, lubrication, etc.  Replenishing the butter or replacing the cat would be matters of simple maintenance.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 26, 2014, 07:02:23 PM
 Grin Grin Grin Grin
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 25, 2014, 08:38:14 PM
^^ Very cute, but excuse me if I make a few changes to the Linux list; having been "in a relationship" with Linux for ~12 years now, I can honestly say:

Simplicity"It's complicated"
BeautyWith a little makeup...
Self-confidenceBordering on arrogant
StrengthLeaps tall paradigms in a single command line
PowerDepends on diet
Financial MgmtSelf-sufficient... Donations accepted
Trust issuesForgive and forget... as long as you use Shift+Del
PrivacyYour secret is safe with me... for now
HobbiesSupercomputing, clustering, hacking, pretending to be nicer than I really am
SecurityYou've heard of this Fort Knox place, right?
TantrumYou change kernels without updating initramfs, I change your face without updating the pretty parts
Heart-breakerYou haven't uninstalled me yet, is it love?
End of day thoughtWow, that was quite an adventure!
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 25, 2014, 01:22:05 AM
What things sound like in different languages:  The art of James Chapman.


More here -> http://chapmangamo.tumblr.com/
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: September 24, 2014, 01:20:18 AM
I like my jazz one of two ways:  Ultra-traditional or way-out-wacked.  Guess which one this is?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EPwRdVg5Ug" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EPwRdVg5Ug</a>

You like that?  More here -> http://www.youtube.com/user/LakeStreetDive
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: September 20, 2014, 04:54:01 PM
I think this question has been asked on DC before and didn't get many replies, but I KNOW there are more musician types here.  Myself I like to think I play guitar, but I get more caught up in making noise and building things than actually improving my chops, and the things I build are usually doomed to reach the "good enough" stage before I move on to the ne   OOH! SHINY!

40Hz plays bass and if has actually played in bands (unlike yours truly).  Superboyac has mentioned he plays Hammond organ and other people actually listen to it.  I don't recall off the top of my head anybody else who's mentioned anything.

I've toyed with doing a Donationcoder-themed metal tune (I have the main riff, a bit of melody and a few snips of lyric), but availability of free time and technical issues have prevented that from coming to fruition.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite Tech News or Science News websites? on: September 19, 2014, 09:49:03 PM
CodeProject news:

Nixcraft (for actually interesting Linux/BSD/OpenSource articles, tutorials & how-tos,  and the like):
... and their facebook feed is pretty cool too:

That's all I got for now...

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to repair zip files? on: September 19, 2014, 09:22:51 PM
@Edvard: Those were anomalous instances and not repeatable.

True, but I bet I could corrupt any Zip file real fast by unplugging my box while creating an archive tongue

All kidding aside, WinZip's knowledge base describes a few ways that Zip files can be corrupted; accidents being far more common, but rogue archive software writing invalid or incomplete headers factor in as well.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is the logic of bezier curves? (for Illustrator pen tool) on: September 18, 2014, 08:03:42 PM
Hey! Looky what I found!
A game to help you master the pen tool.
By Mark MacKay.

Pretty neat, huh?

from random wanderings around the blasted heath
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to repair zip files? on: September 18, 2014, 06:57:26 PM

Has anyone in this discussion thread actually had a repeatable case where their system created a ZIP file that was later found to be invalid and/or corrupted?

Yes, but it was one of two different scenarios, and it was quite some time ago, circa 2001 or so when I was still running Win95 or 98.

1- Zip file that was apparently the victim of a bad sector that hadn't been detected yet.  
    Zipped, tested OK, powered down, next day no zippy pour moi.
2- Accidentally unplugged the computer while creating a zip archive.  
    I thought it had finished before the power went, but apparently not.  

15  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: KOApproach is now "open source" on: September 18, 2014, 06:44:31 PM
Weird.  The LICENSE file on the GitHub site (https://github.com/kerido/koapch) says the License is GPL v2, but all his final commits are tagged "Releasing to public domain." 
I hope he soon understands the difference, because PD <> GPL.  ohmy

Digging through some of the files and configs, it looks like it was set up in Visual Studio 2003, with .NET 3.5 as a requirement.  Beyond that, I'm a bit clueless.  huh
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 17, 2014, 07:56:31 PM
Don't you hate it when this happens to you?


17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 08, 2014, 08:29:22 PM
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switzerland-based ProtonMail, yet another secure email service on: September 08, 2014, 07:38:34 PM
Well, after getting setup... I see that this is not meant as your primary e-mail.  At least not at 100MB and 1000 messages/month...?

Considering how many people actually use encrypted mail as their primary... :shrug:

That said, yeah it doesn't seem like a whole lot, although I doubt I get more than 300 emails a month from my regular email, and I'm signed up to at least 5 subscriptions, plus Facebook and G+ notifications.  Maybe 5 messages a month through the email I give out to family and friends... maybe that's saying something.  Sad
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google playing dirty, or being a nice guy? on: September 08, 2014, 07:03:53 PM
I loved experts-exchange, especially after I figured out you could just scroll down to the answer under the 'pay-up' banner.  Thmbsup

Now, not so much.  undecided
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Remarkable - a very simple previewing Markdown editor for Linux on: September 07, 2014, 06:56:16 PM
Looks very nice, LOTS of dependencies though.  YMMV.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / BYOBU - Even more fun with Screen and Tmux on: September 07, 2014, 06:33:56 PM

Byobu is a GPLv3 open source text-based window manager and terminal multiplexer. It was originally designed to provide elegant enhancements to the otherwise functional, plain, practical GNU Screen, for the Ubuntu server distribution. Byobu now includes an enhanced profiles, convenient keybindings, configuration utilities, and toggle-able system status notifications for both the GNU Screen window manager and the more modern Tmux terminal multiplexer, and works on most Linux, BSD, and Mac distributions.



Learn BYOBU while listening to Mozart:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NawuGmcvKus" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NawuGmcvKus</a>

Yet again, from NixCraft Facebook page
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / rePTYr - Re-parent a running process to a new TTY on: September 07, 2014, 06:29:26 PM
This one's going to be fun...
reptyr - A tool for "re-ptying" programs.
reptyr is a utility for taking an existing running program and attaching it to a new terminal. Started a long-running process over ssh, but have to leave and don't want to interrupt it? Just start a screen, use reptyr to grab it, and then kill the ssh session and head on home.

from NixCraft Facebook page
23  Other Software / Developer's Corner / If programming languages were weapons on: September 07, 2014, 11:11:00 AM
In the vein of "Shooting yourself in the foot with different programming languages":  Grin

from NixCraft's Facebook page
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 05, 2014, 09:57:49 PM
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 05, 2014, 07:10:16 PM
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