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1826  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shut Up About Vista, Already on: December 10, 2007, 02:23:51 PM
Well, by the mention of "GNU Utilities" I would assume all the base apps are already available, and with a Visual Studio add-on, I imagine they are trying VERY HARD to make it that simple.
I'll Google around and see if there isn't more to be learned...
1827  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shut Up About Vista, Already on: December 10, 2007, 02:10:04 PM
from the website I found this at...
There is also addon utilities and an SDK that you can download from Microsoft to add greater flexibility and performance and will include both the K Shell and the C Shell.
from the Microsoft link:
Utilities and SDK for UNIX-Based Applications is an add-on to the Subsystem for UNIX-Based Applications (referred to as SUA, hence forth) component that shipped in Microsoft Windows Vista / Windows Server2008 RC1.
This consists of the following components:

- Base Utilities
- SVR-5 Utilities
- Base SDK
- GNU Utilities
- UNIX Perl
- Visual Studio Debugger Add-in

This release enables 64-bit application development for SUA. development and porting of custom UNIX applications using the Windows OCI (Oracle Call Interface) and Windows ODBC libraries (collectively referred to as ‘Mixed Mode’ in the rest of the document).
Download it from  here
1828  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: December 10, 2007, 11:35:34 AM
And apparently my most evil post
was about Vista running Unix apps...

How strangely appropriate.
1829  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shut Up About Vista, Already on: December 10, 2007, 11:27:42 AM
Holy smokes...

I just found out there is support for Unix services in Vista Enterprise.
You just have to enable it...


from GoITExpert
1830  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Overheard on the Internets on: December 10, 2007, 11:09:20 AM

How about the Bash.org top 100?

Here's a sample:
<napster> if you have issues w/ him, take them up in msg
<bill^> no prob
<bill^> actually, when he comes back to NJ I will take it up with him with a baseball bat....
<napster> why is that?
<bill^> it is much more effective.

and a C++ fight:

* +ramoth4 slaps politik with an unsigned long double
* +politik comes back with a _uint64 uppercut
* +ramoth4 pulls out a struct and returns fire
* +politik corrupts ramoth's heap
* +Fire_Elemental-Coding- ducks to avoid leaked memory
* +politik pops Fire_Elemental-Coding- square in the stack
* +ramoth4 stuffs politik's face in the bitbucket, and begins to operate on nil pointers
* +politik throws uncatchable exceptions around the room
* +ramoth4 dodges skillfully with his try-catch block
* +politik cuts off ramoth's private member
* +ramoth4 encapsulates the wound in a protected class
* +politik destroys all foes with up-casts to inappropriate derived classes!
* +politik is out of ideas
* +politik :: ~politik();
* +ramoth4 declares flipcode his namespace!
<+ramoth4> I win!
* +ramoth4 beat C++.
<+ramoth4> The last guy was hard.
1831  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tin Foil Hat Alert: Weather War! on: December 10, 2007, 11:07:12 AM
How about heating parts of the atmosphere to create "radar mirrors" for over-the-horizon radar functionality?
(actually that one is documented and freely available info, no secrets there...)

Now, you want a conspiracy about clouds and their hideously evil plots?
Go here.

and don't say I didn't warn you...
1832  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A question for the linux guys (slocate/updatedb related) on: December 10, 2007, 10:57:55 AM
Is the RAID array on the same cable path as your main drive? It may be a hardware issue, like waking up one disk wakes up the entire array. If that's the case, I wonder if it's something you can tweak in the RAID configuration or even the BIOS.
Also check your cron configuration. It may not be updatedb at all, but a cron entry that is scheduled for the same time, but doing something completely different.
Some (slightly outdated) advice from the good ol' interwebs on saving laptop power:
   * disable all useless services. (sendmail, shell, rpc, etc)  Usually this
     is done from /etc/rc.* scripts.  Note this won't directly affect battery
     life but it will keep the hard disk spinning if a daemon has too many
     files open and keeps writing to them.
   * Don't run cron, at, updatedb, and other disk-spinning daemons.  For
     timed tasks, I found the at daemon that comes with Slackware to be the
     least disk-spinning.

Of course, the stuff you disable in cron you'll have to run manually. Before I discovered cron, I wrote a shell script that would run updatedb and flush /tmp and a few log files. I made it the last thing I would do before detaching going to bed or the first thing after logging in and making coffee.

Of course, I'm not running a RAID array nor a fileserver, just a lowly desktop workstation.

Hope this helps.
1833  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for email SERVER on: December 06, 2007, 02:04:01 PM
Afterlogic's Xmail looks nice, and it got a ref from Shellcity...
Basic features:

    * SMTP server (ESMTP supported)
    * POP3 server
    * TLS/SSL secure connections
    * Support of multiple virtual mail domains and accounts
    * SMTP authentication (clear-text, secure, POP-before-SMTP)
    * Logging
    * Account aliasing
    * Domain aliasing
    * Remote administration
    * Cross-platform (Windows, Linux, BSD, etc)

Advanced features:

    * Simultaneous multi-user access to a POP3 mailbox
    * Finger server
    * SMTP protection against spammers (IP-based and e-mail address based)
    * Public blacklists: RBL/RSS/ORBS/DUL
    * Mailing lists
    * Flexible message filters
    * Custom mail processing
    * SMTP ETRN command support
    * Custom POP3/SMTP authentication
    * POP3 account synchronizer (fetcher)

1834  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Flash game of the day - Stop Disasters on: December 05, 2007, 11:23:47 AM
So as I was checking on flood reports in my county, the website reporting road closures showed me... A game?

This new online disaster game was launched by the secretariat of the United Nation's International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. The game is aimed at teaching children (also adults) how to build safer villages and cities against disasters.

The game presents the player with a disaster and a community. It is the players job to make the necessary modifications to the town's landscape and infrastructure in order to mitigate disaster damages, including educating the public about disaster risk. This initiative comes within the 2006-2007 World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School”. And really, it's not just for kids. It is much fun for adults too!

Each scenario takes between 10 and 20 minutes to play, depending on the disaster you are trying to prevent and your skill level. There are five scenarios to play, and each can be played on easy, medium or hard difficulty levels.
1835  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Found: The Perhect word processor. on: December 05, 2007, 10:22:50 AM
 Grin Grin Grin
Yep, that's what I thought, too.

But the more you think about it, the less it seems like a joke and the more it challenges your notions of work we do on a computer. Kind of like a software extension of the joke (whose subject is the proverbial fair-haired female with low intelligence but high enthusiasm)
"How do you know when a (proverbial character) has been on your computer? There's white-out on the screen."
1836  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: program to kill established tcp connections: suggestion? on: December 04, 2007, 06:38:52 PM
TCPKillNT is a TCP connection "Reset" utility for Microsoft Windows NT platforms. It has the ability to send RST packets to already established TCP connections. Quite deadly on a LAN. It is very useful for IDS kind of products which need to terminate a TCP session. Requires Winpcap and LibnetNT.

1837  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Found: The Perhect word processor. on: December 04, 2007, 12:33:27 PM
My search is over, and no, I didn't misspell it.

As word processing software becomes ever more advanced, correcting syntax and spelling errors, these familiar programmes begin to impose a standardised corporate language onto our writing.

Takahashi has produced her own fully functioning online version which undermines this dehumanising process. Reclaiming the initiative back from the software...

from Weird Daily
1838  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shut Up About Vista, Already on: November 30, 2007, 03:19:43 PM
OK, this will be my first and last post about Vista, anytime, anywhere.
I sought the opinion of a disinterested 3rd party in the form of a website which would tell me, impartially, how much something sucks.

HowItSucks.com rates products based on recent reviews from other users. The rating system is simple: the longer the red bar, the more it sucks.

Ok, I type in the obvious...
and get some results...

Point taken. I'll shut up now.
Or maybe I'll go with Home Premium. Apparently it sucks less.

from Weird Daily
1839  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Making the switch-02: Which Linux distro to choose? on: November 29, 2007, 03:22:50 PM
OK, I dug this topic back up because I just found a very nice tool for choosing a distro.
It asks a few questions and then directs you to a handful of distros to choose from.

1840  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Pornography: Is Getting It All Obscene? on: November 29, 2007, 03:11:47 PM
Whole thing is probably less powerful than the machine on my desk now...

Depends on if your machine can do real-time airflow simulation of the shuttle's wing surfaces. Wink

And the new ones run on Linux  Thmbsup
1841  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to: Pimp your Ubuntu! on: November 29, 2007, 12:10:29 PM
I find it funny and ironic that the Linux folk spend so much time and energy trying to look like Windows

I kind of agree...
I think two things are going on here, one being the number of folks savvy enough to "make the switch" but the interface needs to be a little more like what we are all so used to, and the other being the fact that Microsoft actually had a few good ideas that are worth implementing in whatever OS you're using.
Me, I have gone almost the opposite. One of the many reasons I use Linux is because I can use my computer in a way that is not locked in to the Microsoft interface. I used Litestep on Windows for this very reason; I can set it up the way I work, not the way Explorer allows me to work.
1842  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Pornography: Is Getting It All Obscene? on: November 29, 2007, 12:01:54 PM
It looks like a giant one of these:
Kiss Kiss Kiss
I had one of those for my 9th birthday... :warm fuzzy:

I got one for my son too and he's not as interested, although we have a few laughs with the sound effect circuits you can make.

As one who is versed in repairing vintage sound effects, I can tell you those old synths are every bit as impressive as, say, a 682-node supercluster of DEC alphas.
Or heck, even a Cray-1
1843  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Web Browsers you may have never heard of... on: November 28, 2007, 11:27:13 AM
OK, so the title is a bit misleading, perhaps even redundant, especially for the alternative-browser mavens resident on these forums!
As with all articles like this, some good ones are missed, and some well-known ones are re-hashed. However, some good points are made. Like the fact the Portable Firefox uses 35% less memory, or that Safari is available for Windows  ohmy
Also, read the comments, some missing ones are given honorable mentions...
There are more browsers than you are aware of. Besides Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer there is a number of promising alternatives which can improve your flexibility, increase your productivity and enrich your browsing experience.
Recently we’ve selected over 20 Win/Mac/Linux-browsers, installed most of them, tested them, compared them and now present the results below. Let’s take a closer look at some rather unknown, forgotten, advanced or experimental browsers. What else do we have on the horizon? What should we use? And what might we be willing to use? Apparently, between Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer there is enough room for creative and unusual approaches.

from Weird Daily
1844  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's Your Favorite Programming Tool? on: November 28, 2007, 10:25:33 AM
Let me tell you, the bottom of that curve is not too far off...

I have been a heavy coffee drinker since 16.
Monday. The day before payday and I couldn't afford coffee, so I dug in for the long haul with a bottle of aspirin and a positive outlook.
Unfortunately I spun off into caffeine withdrawals that would kill a horse.

Seriously. Good thing I'm not a horse...

I went home early, almost threw up on the freeway twice, went to bed at 4:30 in the afternoon with a queasy stomach and a pounding headache.
Woke up at 12:30 with a smaller pounding and a familiar acid taste in my mouth that told me I should eat something even though I didn't want to. Ate half a bowl of Cheerios and settled on to the couch in case I needed to shout for Huey without waking my wife. Two hours later, I ate another half a bowl of Cheerios and felt well enough to go to bed.
From there to the time my alarm clock went off, I had the strangest, most vivid dreams I have had in a long time.

This morning, I am still reeling from the aftereffects, taking it one cup at a time with a resolve to eventually switch to decaf, with rocket fuel reserved for necessary events...
1845  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google GDrive: Coming Soon on: November 27, 2007, 10:40:34 AM
Until then, there are still a few services around that will try to steal thunder while they still can.
I wouldn't want to be in competition with Google anytime soon, but here's one that looks like a promising alternative:


Coming soon

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Need more than 50GB of online storage? Soon we will offer competitively priced storage packages to meet all of data storage needs. Check back for updates to our additional storage plans following the beta stage of ADrive.com.

Enhanced Features
We are working hard to deliver the best features for our valued users. Some of the enhanced features that will soon be released include:

Personalized Snapshots
Retrieve older versions of your files using snapshot technology. Schedule your own snapshots to backup and protect your stored data.

ADrive Desktop Client
Upload your files to ADrive directly from your desktop, just drag and drop.

File Sharing
Don’t worry about emailing large attachments anymore with ADrive’s file sharing service.
1846  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: VectorMagic: Convert Bitmaps into Vector Art (Free) on: November 27, 2007, 10:23:55 AM
Inkscape uses Potrace as it's tracing engine, which is primarily useful for black and white images.
While it is VERY tunable (You can get it to trace the dots in a halftone...), Vectormagic's deal is way more robust. You can select different tracing 'schemes' to get the best results, and after it's traced, it also has a utility to edit the bitmap for better trace results.
Where I work, we use vector art for signs and things all the time and Vectormagic has turned out to be VERY useful for some things that Illustrator gave unsatisfactory results.
1847  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Alternate Reality Gaming on: November 26, 2007, 01:57:31 PM
OK, Today's the day, and here's what's up:
Apparently it was all a work-up for this guy's sci-fi audio drama (just like the good ol' days!!) about a nuke hitting LA. Sound interestin'


Read up on the Unfiction forum how it all played out... (68 pages, wheew!!)
1848  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Pornography: Is Getting It All Obscene? on: November 26, 2007, 10:45:14 AM
Umm... Is it me, or is the Mainframe running hot today?...

1849  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Seriously, wtf is going on with Apple's Mac vs. Pc ads? on: November 26, 2007, 10:33:48 AM
1. You're still defending the Apple-IIgs on internet forumns.

Dude, WTF... The IIgs rocked!!

umm... oops.
1850  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: drum program on: November 24, 2007, 03:02:45 AM
I'm with Carol, I thought Cubase had a drum sequencer. huh
Anyways, here's some sample packs of live drums that cost free ninety-free...
Colombo kit
Manytone (the server seems to be down at the moment, hit google's cache...)
Millodrums hydrogenkit... It's actually a compressed file. Just force unzip it
The grandaddy of free drumkits... remember to pay royalties if you make it big, though...

There's also a few drumkits floating around http://www.freesounds.org

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