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1826  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Use this modified version of Chrome for more privacy on: October 10, 2008, 07:57:57 PM
Actually I found a kinda neat use for it...
You know the "make a web app look like a normal app" feature?
I used that for the web interfaces for Popfile and my router.

They look a little less cluttered and it behaves the same as in a browser, but really that's not a big deal at all.
Cute maybe, but necessary? Nah.
1827  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A Linux wallpaper for beginners on: October 10, 2008, 04:46:05 PM
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I'd like to see something like that, but with the shell-fu stuff!

That's what I was thinking when I said "Hmmm..."

This has kicked me square in the inspiration... As soon as I have some free time, I'm going to fire up OpenOffice and type up a few of my own, make them 11x17 pdf's or maybe 20x30 poster size.
Make one with just the simple basic stuff, one that has some advanced usages and a few non-standard commands...
Oh! The possibilities!

I'll post again when I get one or two whipped up... w00t!!
1828  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / YouTube comments get the xkcd treatment on: October 10, 2008, 02:04:14 PM
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Apparently the developers at YouTube read web comic xkcd. Before posting a comment on the video sharing site, users now have the option to hear their words in text-to-speech, a feature suggested in a recent installment of the popular online strip.


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No word yet from YouTube on the official blog, but it caused at least one user to suspect a virus.
ROFLOLMAO!

from Neatorama
1829  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A Linux wallpaper for beginners on: October 10, 2008, 12:29:10 PM
Awesome!
I've been looking for something like this for a while now, and although there are a few "cheat sheets" out there, none are so simple and concise.
I'd really like something along the lines of the Beagle Bros. reference posters, but for Linux.

Hmm...
1830  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the best LINUX software? on: October 08, 2008, 06:20:28 PM
and everybody else: http://www.gtk-apps.org/  Kiss
1831  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Apple Patents the OS X Dock!!! on: October 08, 2008, 06:17:04 PM
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It's interesting that they actually were granted the patent when you consider the fact that Stardock have been making docks since 1994, years before Apple implemented their version.
Yes, and RiscOS and NextStep were doing it even before that: http://www.osnews.com/story/18941/pt_VI_the_Dock
But did any of them have the zoomy icon function? IIRC, ObjectDock was capable, but I don't know if it did it by default.

If you read the patent, it becomes obvious that what they patented is the squirmy zoom function:
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To permit a greater number of items to reside in the userbar, a magnification function can be provided which magnifies items within the userbar when they are proximate the cursor associated with the graphical user interface.

Once again, it's stupid, but the patent appears rather narrow in definition.
1832  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Apple Patents the OS X Dock!!! on: October 08, 2008, 04:56:41 PM
It looks like (from a cursory reading of the patent) that what they have patented is exactly what they've got:
Their squirmy implementation of a quick launch bar.
I'm not sure if they intend to sue anybody, it feels more like they wanted to guarantee themselves getting the patent by threatening anybody who might get the same idea. Besides, Yamaguchi (supposedly) admitted to simply cloning the dock without building in any other distinguishing features. Also, who's to say that the authors of Rocketdock, Mobydock and RKLauncher didn't get similar letters?
Do you know of any launcher-panel-with-icons-that-zoom-when-your-mouse-gets-close thingummy that existed before Apple's?
For the record, I think software patents are ridiculous and stupid, but within the confines of currently existing rules they received it legitimately.
1833  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the best LINUX software? on: October 08, 2008, 04:45:07 PM
 Grin Grin Grin
1834  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the best LINUX software? on: October 08, 2008, 04:39:12 PM
Looks like a web version of what Synaptic already does.

OOOHH, BUT WITH PICTURES!  Thmbsup Thmbsup

Nice find, 40Hz
1835  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: One answered question before you died on: October 08, 2008, 04:34:29 PM
Sorry Mouser, I thought it was funny but then "what women want", "one hand clapping" and "religion and science" distracted me.

So, for the record...
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If you had the choice of having any question answered before you died what would it be?

"Can I speak to a supervisor?"
1836  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: One answered question before you died on: October 08, 2008, 03:39:27 PM
One? Dude, I GOTTA know more than that!!

Where do all the left socks go?

You know the fundamental particles that everything in the universe is made of? What are THOSE made of?
(or the corollary - "You know those tiny vibrating pieces of string that everything in the universe is made of? Are they cotton, rayon or polyester?")

What's the answer to n/0?

Will we ever see a day when my brain will become as powerful as my computer?
(true, my computer is a mere toy calculator compared to the vast powers of the average brain, but please explain to me why some days I cannot remember my own phone number?)

I think that'll do it. I could be wrong.
1837  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the best LINUX software? on: October 08, 2008, 12:06:42 PM
 ohmy
126 pages?!?!
No thanks (though I did peek at the first 8 or so...)
Stuff that's constantly used on my box:

Thunar file manager (and yes, I've tried ALL the others, xfe, pcmanfm, ad nauseum...)
Inkscape (not exclusively Linux, but it works better than the Windows port)
Openbox + Barpanel (when I'm just not in the mood for Xfce...)
K3b (second vote I know, but it IS the best CD burning software for Linux, HANDS DOWN)
Jack (8.3 msec latency with onboard sound on a 1GHz Celeron, anyone?)
Ardour, JackRack, Hydrogen (things that go with Jack...)
Qcad (Inkscape and Xfig don't do porch plans)

Probably a bunch more that don't spring to mind at the moment, but there's the answer to your question.

@zridling: Just askin', not hatin', but how can you stand XnView on Linux? On Windows, it's a wonderful instrument of power and grace (yes, I prefer it over Irfanview, no real reason, that's just how it is...) but on Linux, it's a... umm... not.
Many of the features seem to be missing or just don't work in the same way, many file formats are missing, printing is via an indecipherable lpr command, ugh...
Besides all that, the GUI looks worse than effing god-awful.
Yes, you could say that Linux is not Windows and the interface is not going to be the same, but take a program like Audacity which looks and works the exact same on either (and excellently, I might add...).

Sorry about the rant, I just really hate that XnView looks and performs so badly on Linux (for me, anyways) and there isn't anything else like it without resorting to Gimp.
1838  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The 150 Best Online Flash Games on: October 08, 2008, 11:17:12 AM
It's probably too new for the list, but I'd vote Light-Bot for #151.
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1839  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I can haz LOLMouser plz? on: October 06, 2008, 10:28:00 AM
Mahesh- it's actually a variant type of LOLcat grammar where the humor is found in swapping the subject/predicate sentence structure. Most likely started with the "let me show you my Pokemons" meme, where a LOLcat was posted that said "My Pokemons, let me show you them". Such sentence structure lends itself well to usage within the Demotivator theme/meme, which doubles the funny (or should).
Examples here and here and here.

Make your own demotivator-style poster here, by the way.
1840  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I can haz LOLMouser plz? on: October 03, 2008, 03:12:21 PM
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1841  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I can haz LOLMouser plz? on: October 03, 2008, 01:49:06 AM
http://www.donationcoder....14970.msg131800#msg131800
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1842  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I can haz LOLMouser plz? on: October 02, 2008, 10:12:34 AM
I don't have a larger image, but this is you:
 (see attachment in previous post)Darwin: "The elementary and grammatically erroneous method of communication these felines are exhibiting is most puzzling indeed..."

Good god, that took me like 5 minutes to read and understand. I r gunn@ st1ck 2 t3h n0rm4l l4ngu@g3 of my g3n3r4shun!!1!!elven!!!!1!
Oh! So that's what that gibberish is... Elven!
Tolkien would be aghast...
"Lasta lalaithamin" cheesy
1843  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: POP Mail checker on: September 25, 2008, 11:24:27 AM
hehe, yeah it's a little dated. Hasn't changed any since I used it in the Win98 days...

Don't know about the timeout problem. I know some folks who still use it and it works well.
If you can't stand the look, it wouldn't matter much...
1844  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: POP Mail checker on: September 24, 2008, 05:01:37 PM
I use the mail notification feature in gkrellm on GNU/Linux... Probably no use to you though Wink
*Ahem*
http://metz.gehn.net/projects/gkrellm/
(although samurize would do just as well or better on windows...)

I remember using ePrompter years ago and it worked quite well.
http://www.eprompter.com/
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ePrompter automatically and simultaneously checks and retrieves your email messages from up to sixteen password protected email accounts and then gives you notification whenever you have new messages. ePrompter also lets you know how many new messages you have in each account, once new messages have been retrieved.

ePrompter also lets you read, delete and respond to any of your messages with a simple click on the account of your choice - without ever having to launch your email program or go to your webmail's site. Importantly, when ePrompter retrieves messages, it leaves the original messages on your various email accounts' servers and/or webmail sites.
1845  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: UserNameCheck: A very cool way to see what sites your username is available on: September 24, 2008, 02:12:35 PM
Uh-oh...
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About UserNameCheck.com
We have suffered some outages over the last few hours, partly from the volume, but in all honesty I screwed up part of the code and it was causing huge server loads. Dreamhost have been awesome and are working with me to fix the issues I have created. Until they are fixed you can't currently do any username checks, I'll update the status on our twitter account as it happens...
1846  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What Sports Do You Participate In? on: September 24, 2008, 10:34:35 AM
When I can find enough friends and acquaintances for it, I do Ultimate Frisbee.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_frisbee
I'm sore for about a week afterwards so it's not a regular thing, and since church picnics are dying out along with the summer, it's getting harder to rally friends together for a match.

Other than that, I take my son for bicycle rides occasionally after dinners and on weekends. All over town and down backroads we have yet to explore. We usually end up going for longer than planned so we take snacks and water and flashlights. smiley
1847  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mark ye calendars, me hearties!! Septemer 19th... on: September 19, 2008, 03:04:24 PM
Point ye ask?
*poke, poke*
THAT'D BE THE BUSINESS END OF ME SCIMITAR AT YER LUBBIN' BACK, PLANK-BOY!!
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What more point do ye need!?


@tomos: LOL
1848  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mark ye calendars, me hearties!! Septemer 19th... on: September 19, 2008, 12:16:32 PM
And you suggest another day to run around acting like idiots?

A swab's just got ter LET GO every now and again, and what better time or manner...

1849  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: News Article: Microsoft & Cray Release $25,000 Supercomputer on: September 19, 2008, 12:02:21 PM
Ooh, what if Cray made a video card... tellme
1850  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mark ye calendars, me hearties!! Septemer 19th... on: September 19, 2008, 11:55:47 AM
ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER T.L.A.P DAY!! 
AHHRR!!

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