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1826  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kitty break on: May 06, 2008, 12:20:41 PM
Hey Zaine! You forgot this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFqawLVLYlE

And this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt1wLqaP938

Oh, wait...
Take a break, lower the blood pressure with this cat in full purr-mode!
...you said LOWER the blood pressure...
 embarassed
1827  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Registry hack needed: Full date in the tray clock on: May 05, 2008, 05:58:29 PM
Thanks for the suggestion Super, I'll check that out as well, though my original intent was that I needed to see the full date without constantly hovering my systray notification area or installing yet another thingamabob cluttering my desktop.
1828  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What’s this "Linux" thing and why should i try it? on: May 05, 2008, 05:52:25 PM
Sorry your experience came out bad, Matt.
I have an HP all-in-one as well (a 1315xi to be precise) and haven't had more than a hiccup or two.

I can't help but wonder, though... were you using the KDE tools to scan, or did you try Xsane straight?
That's what I'm using and it works fine.

Trust me, I've heard many stories like yours, and just as many success stories.
I've also heard similar stories under Windows, so the Redmond gorilla is not immune either.
Give it a try with the next version, and the best of luck to you.
1829  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Registry hack needed: Full date in the tray clock on: May 05, 2008, 04:08:51 PM
Fair enough, T-Clock it is.

Stoic's got some DC credits flowing his way, methinks.
1830  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Registry hack needed: Full date in the tray clock on: May 05, 2008, 01:35:51 PM
Ooh, 3 levels :cringe:
Ok, mine will do that too, but I don't want to go that tall on my taskbar.
There must be a way to show the 5/5/2008 at level 2.
I just checked in Control Panel > Regional and Language Options which has lots of options, but none that I need.
1831  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Registry hack needed: Full date in the tray clock on: May 05, 2008, 01:09:01 PM
OK, here's what my tray looks like now:
[attach=1]

I want it to say the full date like "5-5-2008" instead where it says "Monday"
I know this can be changed in the registry, (I figured out how to put seconds in the time field once, but I've since forgotten how...) but Google has not enlightened me.
I know there are a bazillion tray clock softwares out there, but I don't want yet another software running.

Anybody got a solution or any other interesting hacks for the tray clock?
1832  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's Your Favorite Smilie? on: May 05, 2008, 11:35:17 AM
my two favorites are the ones I requested (naturally...)
rtfm [attach=1]
coffee [attach=2]
http://www.donationcoder....ic=5968.msg42272#msg42272

And this one gets used quite a bit... wallbash
1833  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Shutdown Day! on: May 02, 2008, 10:46:53 AM
...but may 3 is Wednesday.
I have to work Wednesday.
I use a computer at work... wallbash

Um... isn't May 3 Saturday?
...

 huh
oh.

edvard rule#234985: Never make a time-sensitive post on a Thursday so stressful you think it's Monday.
wallbash

http://www.shutdownday.org/

Can you survive 1 day?

It's tomorrow!

Oh dear!  I missed  it.

Huh?

Have you been time travelling again? Wink

...or maybe that was it.

Besides, I've planned a 20-mile bike with my son on Saturday, so I think it'll be no problem.
1834  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Shutdown Day! on: May 01, 2008, 06:50:21 PM
I totally can, and have gone for long periods without my computer even being on.

...but may 3 is Wednesday.
I have to work Wednesday.
I use a computer at work... wallbash
1835  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Eve - a tiny freeware vector editor on: April 30, 2008, 07:04:08 PM
Quote
One reason may have been that .SVG never gained the popularity he anticipated.
Actually, it's plenty popular (it's a W3C standard, after all...), it's just that other programs do svg better.
Last time I checked, Eve was severely lacking in features and svg export didn't look like a hot selling point especially when Sodipodi gave much prettier results and was almost as abandoned.
Nowadays, Inkscape, Xara and Illustrator (and some others I forget now...) are ruling the vector art world right now, so Eve is (sadly, some may say) left way behind.
1836  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ultrafunk Popcorn full version now freeware on: April 28, 2008, 03:43:44 PM
oh.

Missed the "Popcorn 1.83 source" link.
1837  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ultrafunk Popcorn full version now freeware on: April 28, 2008, 10:25:59 AM
w00t!!  Grin

link?  huh
1838  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Vista Aero vs. Linux Compiz on: April 28, 2008, 10:14:48 AM
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Edvard: just because it's on wikipedia doesn't make it correct...

What? The wikipedia article says you're right.
Quote
A true defragmentation tool does not exist for ext3.[10]

That being said, as the Linux System Administrator Guide states, "Modern Linux filesystem(s) keep fragmentation at a minimum by keeping all blocks in a file close together, even if they can't be stored in consecutive sectors. Some filesystems, like ext3, effectively allocate the free block that is nearest to other blocks in a file. Therefore it is not necessary to worry about fragmentation in a Linux system."[11]

Irrespective of the above (subjective) statement, file fragmentation can be an important issue in server environments such as in multi-media server applications. While it is true that ext3 is more resistant to file fragmentation than FAT filesystems, nonetheless ext3 filesystems can and do get fragmented over time. Consequently the successor to the ext3 filesystem, ext4, includes a filesystem defragmentation utility and support for extents (contiguous file regions).

Further examples in which lack of defragmentation in some Linux filesystems (such as ext3) is a serious issue, includes server applications where rapid, concurrent and random file creation, update or access occurs. Such systems include large-scale carrier grade voice mail systems, Media-Messaging Service Centers (MMSCs) and SMS/SMSCs (Short Message Service Centers) servers. Media servers such as large scale voice mail and UMS servers are required to stream hundreds of voice or video streams concurrently to hundreds of users in near real-time conditions. These types of applications are particularly susceptible to file fragmentation; access delays during playback of a voice (e.g. voice mail) or video file, due to multiple fragmentation in the media file, can lead to playback interruption or distortion. As fragmentation increases over time, service capacity of these systems degrades because of increased CPU and I/O overhead resulting from fragmentation induced disk thrashing.

Personally, on my humble desktop system, I haven't noticed 'subpar performance'.
If I was maintaining a server farm, I would definitely be concerned.
1839  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron? Hardly on: April 25, 2008, 05:16:52 PM
Oops, I didn't see your post when I made mine.
As you can read, I opted for the Windows install at work, I'll keep you posted on my install at home.
Too bad I don't have a laptop to burn...
1840  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" on: April 25, 2008, 03:09:45 PM
OK, so this got released on Monday and I missed it. Oh well, wait a few days for server bog to calm down and I figure I'm gold.
My favorite flavor being Xubuntu, I head over to:

(or you can try http://www.ubuntu.com/ or http://www.kubuntu.org/)
Grabbed a Torrent, read up on the Release Notes while it downloaded, then just because I'm at work on a Windows machine, for fun I mounted the iso with MagicDisc.

What's this?
[attach=2]

huh I can install on a Windows machine WITHOUT PARTITIONING?!?! Sweet!!
So THAT's what this Wubi business is all about, hm?
I guess the boss won't mind...
[attach=3]

So, after rebooting, there was an Xubuntu entry in XP's boot screen, so I chose it and after answering a question or two, it finished installing and I have a full installation residing in C:\ubuntu.
First items of business: Internet and Printing.

The internet was already on, thanks to DHCP on our router, but then came the big surprise.
I hit the print setup utility and lo! behold! our brand-spanking-new Xerox 7655 (which is on the LAN) came up in the list.
Nice.
It didn't have a proper driver (the Xerox website has a driver for RedHat and Suse) but I was able to mount my windows disk and give it the windows' PPD file...

It worked.

I'll give more details after I recover...
1841  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Vista Aero vs. Linux Compiz on: April 25, 2008, 02:05:32 PM
OK, I'm going to sidestep the flow here and say fragmentation is the least of my worries running Linux.  cheesy

Wikipedia says it pretty well:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext3#Defragmentation

Besides, Ext4 will have built-in defragmentation, so there.  tongue
1842  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Vista Aero vs. Linux Compiz on: April 25, 2008, 11:09:21 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong (and somebody usually does...), but it's not whether Linux does or doesn't need fragmentation, but how any particular filesystem deals with the inevitable fragmentation. Any multi-user, multitasking operating system should not benefit greatly from defragmentation (ntfs included...) and there are valid arguments against defragging such a system.

Linux adherents have been sold the mantra "no need for fragmentation" because the guys who designed the filesystem designed it from a multiuser multitask standpoint from the first.

It's not a lie, it's a misconception of the nature of the problem.

If the msdos and fat filesystems had been designed this way from the first, we wouldn't even be asking this question.

I know this is old, and concerns mainly the ext2 filestystem, but it's a very good technical explanation of the situation from the wtfl-lug mailing list:
http://www.salmar.com/pip...ug/2002-March/000603.html
Here's a perl script for checking fragmentation:
http://lxer.com/module/ne...ire/view/96989/index.html
...and an non-techie ascii-art explanation of linux filesystem fragmentation here:
http://geekblog.oneandone..._linux_need_defragmenting

1843  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Searchme - another visual search attempt on: April 24, 2008, 10:29:24 AM
Well, since Pagebull went down, I might try this one.
It was nice to use to see thumbnails of pages that you might remember by how it looks rather than the content, even though the content is what you're after.
Certainly not for the odd one-off searches for detailed info, but very useful nonetheless.
I, for one, am glad it's an option...
1844  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cool Free Color Picker Tools on: April 22, 2008, 07:35:56 PM
Ooh! ooh! My turn!

PKcolorPicker
http://www.pkworld.de/start.htm

[attach=1]


The one I always come back to when I'm in Windows-land and need to theme a litestep or something.
1845  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: You know you're addicted to DC software when... on: April 21, 2008, 05:43:17 PM
It just struck me as funny that I was intending to run FARR and was trying to use FARR to do it with... It was a vertigo-inducing blend of Escher and Kafka for a second there.
1846  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / You know you're addicted to DC software when... on: April 21, 2008, 01:05:27 PM
(this really happened to me...)

... You hit the 'break' key intending type "fin" and hit enter so you can run FARR and realize it doesn't work because FARR isn't running, and then realize what you were just now attempting to do...
wallbash


Post yours!
1847  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recycling Epson ink - where??? on: April 18, 2008, 06:47:33 PM
I started through it, but it looks like an actual printer recycle program - not ink. Sad
dang.
Have you tried searching their site?

1) Go to a local shop that refills your cartridges.
2) Save $$$
3) ...
4) PROFIT!
Not with Epson cartridges. They have a chip in them that ticks off when they're done.

At least that's what I heard. I have always used HP printers. You can refill them until they fall apart.
1848  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recycling Epson ink - where??? on: April 17, 2008, 02:49:55 PM
Start here:
http://www.epson.com/cgi-...er.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes
and see where it takes you.
1849  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cool but strange web comic on: April 16, 2008, 05:32:59 PM
Yes! I had just gone through quite a bit of that before giving up...
It's like those old "choose your own adventure" books, but cooler.

 Cool
1850  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cool but strange web comic on: April 16, 2008, 05:05:35 PM
I'm not sure if I like the way it ends either, but the amnesia angle makes it ok, I think.

Maybe I liked it because I've always liked short stories where the situation seems absolutely hopeless except for the teeny glimmer of hope left hanging at the end.

And then I read Kafka and it all goes away...

Check out some of the other strips on that page.
April Fooled is a total hoot, and I'm about halfway through Bus stop


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