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1826  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Bill Gates email rant on: June 30, 2008, 10:51:44 AM
J-Mac: I thought it was fake too... I mean, things like:
... so I went to Microsoft.com. They have a download place so I went there.
Shouldn't he be saying "we" have a download place? or is he simply referring to the department that manages the website?
So they told me that using the download page to download something was not something they anticipated.
The mind boggles...
So I went to Windows update. Windows Update decides I need to download a bunch of controls. (Not) just once but multiple times where I get to see weird dialog boxes.
I guess I'm under the assumption that Bill actually knows what's going on in his own company. I mean, for all practical purposes, he is Windows. What's so surprising about "weird dialog boxes"? Ditto for the next line:
This is after I was told we were doing delta patches to things but instead just to get 6 things that are labeled in the SCARIEST possible way I had to download 17meg.
Wow Bill, you finally realize how scary Windows can be when it does things you don't understand? Reminds me of a movie I saw once, but replace Pee Wee with Windows Update, and Dottie with Bill:
"Pee Wee Herman: There's things about me you don't know, Dottie. Things you wouldn't understand. Things you couldn't understand. Things you shouldn't understand."
So I did the reboot because it INSISTED on it. Of course that meant completely getting rid of all my Outlook state.
Translation: All my Outlook state are belong to reboot.
Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable? The file system is no longer usable. The registry is not usable. This program listing was one sane place but now it is all crapped up.
If I had been drinking a Pepsi at the moment I read that, I would have blown it out my nose all over my keyboard.

All in all, I have a little more respect for Mr. Gates now. Not much, but more. As for his company... Well it's 2008, the email was sent 2003 and we still have these messes.
Let's hope Windows 7 is everything we can hope it will be.
1827  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Interesting is Your IP Address? on: June 25, 2008, 12:03:13 PM
No wai d00d...

That's definitely a cylon wearing cornrows
1828  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Proprietary media formats — time to get rid of them! on: June 24, 2008, 11:15:49 AM
f0dder: About those copy-protected disks...
If you see someone doing this, report them to the DRM authorities immediately! Thmbsup
1829  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Inkscape on: June 23, 2008, 10:44:25 AM
So 0.46 final has been out for a while now, how does it run for you?
I've been using Inkscape for almost everything, but especially when I install a Linux app that doesn't have an icon associated (happens less and less nowadays, but sometimes...)
I've also begun creating a cursor set I can live with (IMHO, DMZ-White is just dang ugly...)
I'll post it when it's done.

P.S.-Runs fine on my XP box here at work smiley
1830  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3 Released on: June 19, 2008, 11:33:58 AM
OK, I found how to get the keyhole nav buttons in Linux...


I'll be testing it tonight and report back how it works.
1831  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3 Released on: June 18, 2008, 12:10:59 PM
The Linux skin, while I think it's the better by a long shot (when it comes to integration and default looks), it's clearly Gnome-based, and of no much use for KDE-based distros.

Yes, VERY gnome-based. I agree, they should have done a KDE skin, or at least made a default theme that's as neutral as possible across all platforms.
I'd actually like to have the "keyhole" buttons in my Linux FF3, but I can't find a skin for it.
Any suggestions?
1832  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3 Released on: June 18, 2008, 11:40:52 AM
I like it.  Thmbsup
Flashblock and DownThemAll are all I need for extensions.

Don't forget, if you downloaded it during Download Day, to pick up your certificate!

1833  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3 Released on: June 17, 2008, 02:05:25 PM

13kb/s on a 1G cable connection... stars
1834  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3 Released on: June 17, 2008, 01:59:42 PM
Downloading now... (finally)

I've been using the firefox beta on Xubuntu 8.04 since it came out and have been very pleased with it. Now to shoehorn it into this box at work... 
1835  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Suck An Egg RIAA on: June 16, 2008, 06:05:14 PM
For those interested, Open Source LugRadio and Ubuntu Community guy Jono Bacon is starting a heavy metal project that is
...a music project designed to explore how far a musician can take his music with the new economics of the music industry.


Check it out...
1836  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end? on: June 16, 2008, 05:39:14 PM
People who send emails that are just spam virus warnings:


Then you look it up on the snopes link conveniently placed in the email, and the article says it's a hoax  undecided undecided undecided

I love my mother very much... but dang Mom, stop with the emails already!!
1837  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Father's Day Memory of Fathers and Computers.. Your stories? on: June 16, 2008, 01:37:16 PM
Slide Rule

My father was much like Nudone's... "I don't need no computer no-how" he'd say to me and my brother as we labored over a Timex-Sinclair 1000.
One day, at my high school they had a "Parent's Day" where one of the parents would go to school in place of the kid for the day. In Art class, they had the parent's do a little circular vignette of what they thought of (visually) when they thought of their kid.
My father drew (in his old-fashioned chicken-scratch method) a picture of me, a picture of both of us fishing together, a guitar and a computer. Even though he had no use for a computer and the kind of music I played on my guitar drove him out of the house sometimes, he acknowledged that these were things as important to my character as trout fishing was to him.

/edvard discreetly wipes a tear away embarassed
1838  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite gadgets and gizmos? on: June 16, 2008, 11:44:58 AM
Heard an interesting (possibly apocryphal) story about that pen.
Apocryphal indeed; Snoped:
1839  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite gadgets and gizmos? on: June 16, 2008, 10:39:46 AM
My favorites happen to be stuff I can build myself, especially if it involves LED's or Rare earth magnets (you can get those from hard drives?! SWEET!  tellme):
the Joule Thief, LED throwies, etc.

In the works is a midi-to-joystick adapter (a handful of parts and some wire, really), and a telephone intercom device (turns two hardwire telephones into a simple intercom device) so my wife can call me and my son to dinner from the workshop without shouting!

1840  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do we need a Linux and/or Mac child board? on: June 13, 2008, 06:29:35 PM
sorry, I tried Plan9 once, WAAAY to geeky.

huh I thought we were all about being geeky.

Well, sure... geeky is good; Barely usable is not...  Grin
Trying out the Plan9 LiveCD was about as joy-inspiring as partitioning an OS/2 install  hanged
1841  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do we need a Linux and/or Mac child board? on: June 12, 2008, 07:17:19 PM
...a plan9 board
ohmy Oh please for the love of Cody, NO!!
(sorry, I tried Plan9 once, WAAAY to geeky. I felt like I was trying to talk to an alien through a prison window...)

I'm with steeladept and f0dder. Though we Linux folks may be a bit vocal and/or fanatical sometimes, the fact is we live in a (mostly) windows world and are going to be affected by what happens there (besides, I use XP at work...).
The DC forum is the first website I fire up when I come to work in the morning to get the juices flowing, and having my "own" part of the forum to come to would feel almost racist.
1842  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Linux hardware support is about to get much better on: June 10, 2008, 12:22:21 PM
I can't believe I missed this. Can I get a w00t!?
For years, device and peripheral builders could get away with ignoring the Linux desktop market. It was too small to matter, they would say.
Things have changed...

...To be precise, the companies announced during the meeting that they would start including wording in their hardware procurement processes to "strongly encourage" the delivery of open source drivers. Off the record, several of the PC makers said that they would be going further still. In their next round of OEM contracts, they intend to insert language that will require OEMs to deliver equipment either with Linux drivers or with open APIs (application programming interfaces) so it will be easy to build Linux drivers.
ohmy  tellme

from Linux.com
1843  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why are computers getting slower (and what we can do about it)? on: June 10, 2008, 10:55:23 AM
It's not that we need assembly programmed games, we just need programmers that care a bitmore about what they do... and management that isn't so obsessed with time-to-market.
Yeah, that was my point, actually...  Thmbsup
Btw, kkrieger is C++, not assembly (well, for the main part, anyway).
f0dder points to an unpopular trend: OpenOffice is slower by the version. Better, but slower.
1844  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Media Player Linux Distro Available? on: June 09, 2008, 11:08:32 AM
1845  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why are computers getting slower (and what we can do about it)? on: June 09, 2008, 11:05:10 AM
I am in agreement with most on this thread.
I remember my 386 with Windows 95 was quicker than my PII with 98SE!

I think it falls to the same justification for App's "snailware" website.
Back in the old days, with computing power and memory at a premium, most coders were very concerned about the size and efficiency of their programs. Hence, even with limited capacity, the best applications were so tightly coded that of course they ran well (and downloaded in reasonable time over a dial-up line...).
Nowadays with broadband internet, multi-core processors, terabyte hard drives and gigabytes of memory capacity being the norm, even the most sloppily coded java app will run reasonably well, even though it is chowing through the gigaflops like sharks in a kiddie pool...
Really, is it surprising that an assembly coded 3D game fits in such a small size and runs so well?
Personally, I think the biggest hit - not counting rich multimedia files - is the visuals.
Which is why dial-up is getting slower every day as well... Angry
1846  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The 10 most annoying programs on the Internet on: June 03, 2008, 10:29:14 AM
...but have you ever tried using it behind a firewall that blocks flash, or on a cell phone, or in a plethora of other locations?

Like a dial-up connection?
 wallbash wallbash wallbash
1847  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The 10 most annoying programs on the Internet on: June 02, 2008, 04:37:44 PM
AR is NOT just a simple reader. It's a platform for document control.

Let me quickly repeat that... PLATFORM!!!

So make Adobe quit calling it READER fer pete's sake.
While we're at it, let's have 3 Adobe pdf products:
Adobe Acrobat for the rich folks who want to make pdf's
Adobe Platform for those who need a platform for document control
Adobe Reader for us average folks who JUST WANT TO OPEN THE !@#$%^&* PDF FILE!!

Otherwise I agree with the rest of the article. Completeley.
But I must say, Realplayer on Linux is refreshingly sterile.  Grin
1848  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This might take some of you back - IBM laptop, can anyone give me some info? on: May 30, 2008, 12:13:03 PM
You could probably install anything from DOS to Win 95 or so, but without a floppy?...  huh

1849  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Flash Game of the Week: Robokill on: May 29, 2008, 04:40:09 PM
Very nice  Thmbsup

You had me with "Reminiscent of the arcade game Robotron", so I had to try it.
One question... I was playing level 1 and the second room I just ran around the room perimeter shooting the robots in the middle. More robots spawned than I could keep up with, and so eventually I just crashed into the crowd and died. Is there a more effective way?
1850  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It is pitch dark... on: May 28, 2008, 10:46:13 AM
The text adventure scene is still pretty active with the inform interpreter still being used and the new TADS interpreter. There is a lot of great home-brew text adventures out there. You can get most of them here ifArchive.org
Kiss Kiss
DEFINITELY going to check that out... Thanks for the tip!
There is one game I would be interested in that I can't find on Google either. It was a text adventure written to take advantage of Apple II's split-screen graphics mode (top half of the screen was graphic mode and the bottom would display 5 or 6 lines of text) I think it was called "Cliffhanger" or some such, but my memory fails me.
Which is probably why I can't find it...
If anyone is interested I added text-to-speech to the WinFrotz interpreter to help blind gamers play the old text adventure games without the need for screen reader software,
Nice!  Thmbsup
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Didn't even know there was a whole genre...
Closest thing I've seen to that is a Seattle hardcore metal band called Bloodhag that writes songs about books, their authors and literacy in general. One of their albums is a book!

Text adventures were the most amazing thing I had ever seen when I was a freshman in high school just learning about computers. The first thing I learned was that I had a long way to go...

Long live IF!
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