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1826  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird websites on: July 29, 2008, 03:44:03 PM
If the guy's cousin made a blog, This is what it would look like:
1827  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird websites on: July 29, 2008, 03:31:37 PM
No, it was more like somebody's surreal art project in 145 webpages. One page would have a drawing of a stickman in a box, and when you clicked it, it went to a picture of a cow that would flip when you hovered over it. the link there would take you to a scan of a scrap piece of paper with some nonsensical poetry on it, where each word was a link to another page on the site with further weirdness. (that's just from foggy memory, I'm sure it wasn't exactly like that...)
Imagine a slightly medicated artist, painting with java, flash and hyperlinks on a canvas of html...

Damn, now I HAVE to find it...

BTW - This is pretty weird:
Britney Spears guide to semiconductor physics

1828  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird websites on: July 29, 2008, 11:38:57 AM
The Time Cube.
Time Cube is a website created by Gene Ray in 1997, where he sets out his proposed theory of everything, a description of the nature of the universe.
You can't handle time cube. trust me.

Gobler Toys.

Not what you're thinking.

I'm out for now.
I remember a long time ago a website that was link after link to various pages that contained surreal flash animations, bits of poetry, strange javascript tricks, etc. Any clues?

1829  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What Linux is xclosest to whats used in apples OSX? on: July 28, 2008, 04:16:46 PM
40Hz, you forgot the Darwin part.
Darwin is an open source UNIX computer operating system released by Apple Inc. in 2000. It is composed of code developed by Apple, code derived from NEXTSTEP, and code derived from FreeBSD and other free software projects.
Darwin forms the core set of components upon which Mac OS X and iPhone OS are based. It can also be run as a standalone operating system (although Apple no longer provides a distribution).
1830  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Linux needs more haters on: July 24, 2008, 01:22:18 PM
Aargh, Zaine you beat me to it.

I'm glad somebody is making some valid points about the shortcomings of Linux, instead of the run-of-the-mill bile that falls out of slashdot every twelve seconds... even if some of his points are a little sharp.

No one takes that much time to point out flaws in a product that they completely loathe and despise.
All too true.
1831  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows update Vs Ubuntu Update on: July 16, 2008, 10:22:02 AM
Yes, I couldn't imagine the horror of one service pack not only updating my OS, but also my Xplorer2, irfanview, FARR, Litestep, PDFCreator, FileZilla, CCleaner, Autohotkey, SnicoEdit, SciTe, MagicISO, Pixia, Locate32, MobyDock, ImageMagick, Ghostscript, WinRoll, etc, ad nauseum (just to name a few...).

1832  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computer mods: What odd things have you done? on: July 15, 2008, 04:42:50 PM
Actually, If I remember correctly, it was 233MHz PII he had loaded into one of those old-school monster 386 tower cases (remember those? they were about 3 feet tall and a foot-and-a-half deep?).
1833  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computer mods: What odd things have you done? on: July 14, 2008, 10:15:27 AM
Once upon a time, I had an ethernet hub (one of those little 5-port thingummies) that required a 5-volt power supply. I searched my supply of wall-warts in vain for a 5-volt adapter, to no avail. Then I had an idea (tell me you haven't guessed it already...) I clipped off an unused 5v lead from the computer's power supply, wired on the plug and lead clipped from a burnt-out 9v wall-wart and strung it through and unused serial port hole in the back of the case, VOILA!

Also I had a friend one time who for some reason ran short on fans and bolted a standard box fan to the side of his case in place of one of the case panels.
1834  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Flash Game of the Week: Totem Destroyer on: July 09, 2008, 02:27:54 PM
I thought it was rather strange that some puzzles required thinking beforehand and others were "destroy-as-many-blocks-as-you-can-and-hope-tot-lands-on-an-indestructible-one".

Fun otherwise.
1835  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do websites need to look exactly the same in every browser? on: July 09, 2008, 10:41:04 AM
Good insights, all...

Especially notable the comments on mobile devices and older systems. I wonder if there is a tool to allow you to see how stuff looks on different platforms? I know there is a tool to see how your webpage looks at different resolutions, and even simulate loading through a dial-up connection, but is there a multi-platform simulation tool?

1836  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Extract files from a .pst file on: July 09, 2008, 10:35:55 AM
Thanks Cuffy, looks like it's only for Outlook Express, but may come in handy...

- yes, it is expensive!
PowerControls standard edition license is $950 , and $1495 for a business edition.
I am soooooo in the wrong business!  Cry
Yes, most of us are, apparently... The legal copy shop I used to work for did this kind of stuff all the time, and the software was expensive. They used batch printing software that cost $1700 but it could handle printing the entire contents of a hard drive and slip sheet between documents. When I was working there 5 years ago, we were also getting heavily into high-volume document scanning and cataloging using IPro. (see f0dder, it's happening smiley slowly, but it's getting there...)
1837  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Do websites need to look exactly the same in every browser? on: July 08, 2008, 06:10:50 PM
 Grin Grin

I stumbled across that page purely by accident, but it made me think...

A very large amount of blood sweat and tears have been shed in the pursuit of this very goal.
The reasons are many and varied, but is it attainable, feasible, practial or even desirable?
What would be good reasons why not?
Post your thoughts...

P.S. That page looks the same in every browser I've tried.
1838  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Extract files from a .pst file on: July 08, 2008, 06:03:47 PM
Dude, it's for a lawsuit. If you want to wield the cluehammer, get ye to the law offices. I used to work at a legal document copying house, and the sheer volumes of paper we generated in the name of upholding justice would easily qualify for Lovecraftian adjectives to describe it.
1839  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Extract files from a .pst file on: July 08, 2008, 05:36:17 PM
I used the Thunderbird PST Import plugin.
The Thunderbird PST Import plugin is a open source utility to import selected folders from a .pst file under both Windows and Linux. Its based on readpst. Some of the dialog boxes are in French. It's not clear how well it works since nobody has mentioned using it in the forums and most of the comments on the download site reports it doesn't work.
It did give me a warning I couldn't read, but after chewing for a bit, it dumped everything into a separate folder. So I guess it works despite comments to the contrary.
1840  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Extract files from a .pst file on: July 08, 2008, 04:48:32 PM
Eric: Thanks for the suggestion, it seems to be a powerful program, but didn't do anything to the .pst file.
MWB1100 and 40hz: Thanks for your suggestions, it probably would have worked but this computer was set up by the boss and it has a mixed bag of MS Office software on it. Returnil may have helped, but overall I had many misgivings about doing what you suggested. I bet it would've worked beautifully on a clean box.
Shades: As far as I can tell, Carol is right; Mailstore uses Outlook's MAPI to get the job done.

Carol: DING DING DING worked like a charm. Now I gotta print each of these 1770 emails and their attachments. I got connections to get that done...

As soon as I have a fistful of DonationCredits, they're headed your way...
1841  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Extract files from a .pst file on: July 08, 2008, 11:56:39 AM
I have a big problem.
A client sent me a CD with a .pst file on it, claiming that there are hundreds of documents tucked away inside that she needs printed. A quick search on the web says a .pst file is an outlook archive.
"No problem," I thought. "I'll just make a new user, import the file into that Outlook account, and be done.
No such luck. Apparently, Outlook express won't touch it and now I'm stuck for a solution.
Any takers?
1842  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switching to Linux; how do you not flop back to the world of Windows?? on: July 03, 2008, 10:41:59 AM
Apologies everyone for dragging this off-topic with my personal passion.
Dormouse, apologies. (personal message sent)
No trivial operation should require dropping to a console. I view installing drivers, setting up a secondary monitor, managing services/daemons etc. as trivial operations.
I actually agree. But that's another topic for discussion. I guess I use the commandline for so many things (not just essential trivials) that it's almost like a long-handed shortcut for me now.
Zridling: Thanks for keeping it on-topic, I'll stop now.
1843  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switching to Linux; how do you not flop back to the world of Windows?? on: July 02, 2008, 07:56:27 PM
I know this is one of the last refuges of commandliners in Windows, but this is complete nonsense in a grown-up OS....
...OTOH, I wouldn't argue that some use of the command line is necessary with Linux as is - but that is NOT a good thing.
I could not disagree with you more on this.
The linux command shell (all of them...) is so powerful, so robust, it is part and parcel of the very heart of Linux. Then throw in the myriad tools and utilities that can do almost anything in a few lines of script, the mind boggles.
I can tell you that I almost never use the Windows command tool because it is such utter useless crap that it makes me beg for a gui.
True, it would be nice to have easy-to-use graphical tools to configure the video display or manage the startup environment in a more sane manner, but saying it's not grown-up or telling me that a few shiny buttons and menus can and should replace the Linux command line is like telling a seasoned NASCAR gearhead that he could improve his pit time if he installed an automatic transmission... Angry
1844  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switching to Linux; how do you not flop back to the world of Windows?? on: July 02, 2008, 07:27:11 PM
One thing I would recommend is to scrap Xubuntu. It's more bug prone than the other Connonical flavors.
Heretic! He speaketh lies!  Burn the Gnome!! Grin

Seriously, I like Xfce on ANY distro and I haven't found Xubuntu to be any more bug-prone than any other *buntu, although this last edition is a bit slower than I'd like, but that's because the folks running the Xubuntu show let a bunch of Gnome cruft and bloat in. They now have a new head who is dedicated to trimming the fat, and I'm seriously anticipating the next release.

So, back to the original discussion:
Wrecked, what software do you use on Windows that you can't find an alternative for on Linux, and what have you tried?

I'll do my best to help you dig...
1845  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switching to Linux; how do you not flop back to the world of Windows?? on: July 02, 2008, 11:54:48 AM
Wreckedcarzz: My best advice? Either dual-boot or go cold turkey and start digging...

I mean, sure there's lots of good high-action games on Linux, but there are hundreds, if not thousands of Windows games you can just pick off the shelf and have it work out of the box. There are even more free- and share-ware sites you can download a million utilities for almost any task on Windows.
Loki games seemed to be doing really well and suddenly they went bankrupt and just closed up shop.
Blame it on the MS Monopoly, blame it on Linux's "Geek centricism", whatever. The scene is changing and it's thanks to folks like you who dare to give a spare partition to the Penguin.

What do I use? Well, let's talk about alternatives.
What do you use on Windows that you can't find an alternative for Linux? We Linux users could probably make a few suggestions...

Of course, everyone knows about Open Office and Firefox/Thunderbird, so let's skip those.
I use xplorer2 on Windows when I'm at work and there just isn't an alternative for Linux. Sure, I've tried emelfm, Beesoft Commander, MC, Rox, PCmanFM, you name it. I would kill for a file manager that gave me a tree view and two horizontal folder views. For normal everyday file management, I settle for Thunar.
pdfs display better on adobe acrobat
Adobe has released a reader for Linux that looks and works exactly like the windows version.
onenote doesn't exist.
'Cause it's Microsoft... The day Microsoft makes Linux software...  ohmy
The Linux version of Xnview is atrocious. Same goes for Ghostview. Full-featured and easy to use on Windows, but a train wreck on Linux, for no good reason.
Audacity looks and works the same on either, and even has more options on Linux.
Media Players? Text editors? Take your pick, there's a half-million of each...

Please, if you do one thing to flatten your learning curve in Linux, learn to use the command-line tools. The gui tools that exist are easier for new users, but you're missing out on so much power...
from LinuxCommand.org
Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are helpful for many tasks, but they are not good for all tasks. I have long felt that most computers today do not use electricity. They instead seem to be powered by the "pumping" motion of the mouse! Computers were supposed to free us from manual labor, but how many times have you performed some task you felt sure the computer should be able to do? You ended up doing the work by tediously working the mouse. Pointing and clicking, pointing and clicking.

I once heard an author remark that when you are a child you use a computer by looking at the pictures. When you grow up, you learn to read and write. Welcome to Computer Literacy 101. Now let's get to work.
1846  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.
1847  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
1848  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
1849  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
1850  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.
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