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1826  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Oh no, not another social network site... on: April 02, 2007, 05:49:07 PM
So let me get this clear...

In the UK when someone is a little crazy, they are called "Nutter".
Which is a way to say someone is acting "like a Nut"

So people who use this site...


A global community of friends and strangers answering one simple question: What are you doing? Answer on your phone, IM, or right here on the web!

...um, I'll let you figure it out.
1827  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: xRez - gigapixel images, Boston, MA image fully zoomable! on: April 02, 2007, 03:05:13 PM
I don't think any camera could capture such detail, but making it in parts would reveal some issues with shadows, right? (since they wouldn't reflect one exact moment)
Hmm, I wonder if latency happens in these kinds of cameras. I mean, what happened to this guy?
it could be interpreted as invasion of privacy, afaik.
Imagine if there was someone sunbathing nude on the top of a high building.
and, well, this guy aint exactly nude, but for what it's worth...

More extremely large art, but in a decidedly different[/] vein...


1828  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strange Windows wallpaper trick on: March 26, 2007, 03:29:36 PM
Hmmm... Looks like the Photoshop community have loved and hated this type of trick for a while now...
1829  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Good pixel/bitmap editor? on: March 26, 2007, 03:26:39 PM

CursorArts ImageForge:

Ultimate Paint:

I use the freeware version of Ultimate Paint a few times a week. Not a whole lot of bells and whistles, but a lot of "just works" features that you just WISH were in msPaint.
I tried ImageForge a long time ago and I didn't like it, though I can't remember exactly why...

 two cents
1830  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strange Windows wallpaper trick on: March 26, 2007, 11:49:02 AM
Something's not quite right here...
*gulp* I figured that would happen to somebody, but I think I know what's going on...

Looks like you got some desktop widgetage going on. That could be what's up.
In my experience, apps that mess with your desktop in any way can sometimes change the desktop look and behavior.
Cool trick Edvard, but it does not work if I choose to hide desktop icons by right clicking on an empty area on your desktop and unticking 'show desktop icons'. Any idea why?
As above... For example, when I have PowerPro hiding my desktop Icons it disables my desktop right-click.
Explorer treats your desktop as a directory like any other, albeit a special one that contents get sent to your display, and has some special contexts and properties associated with it. The X folks would tell you it's the "Root display window" which all other windows go on top of.
When you do things to the desktop, you are asking another program to control how Windows interacts with that particular folder.
"Active Desktop" AFAIK asks Internet Explorer to handle desktop duties. (if not, it's Explorer using IE's html rendering facilities...)
So when you hide the desktop icons, some Windows component is no longer handling the desktop, and perhaps that is the problem.

So, try this trick with a "dry" desktop. No Active Desktop or Widgets or hiding stuff, etc.
If it works, then start adding widgets, effects, etc untill you find an app that changes the behavior of the root display.
Whatever the culprit is should have a configuration option to fix it.

If it doesn't work... :shrug:

BTW: Many thanks to Mouser and Veign for blogging this... You really know how to make a guy feel *almost* famous.

1831  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strange Windows wallpaper trick on: March 20, 2007, 07:02:14 PM
My desktop as pictured is a PowerPro bar at the bottom, JSPager virtual desktop thingummy at the top and I have my taskbar and icons hidden.
Also it's NT4.0 SP6a. (surprise!) so other versions should do as well...

I've found that you get the best effects the less pixels you use (a 1x2 bitmap gets you a nice horizontal gradation), and it's quite a mental exercise to predict the effect you'll get with such a minimal configuration.
I must admit, I have a soft spot for gradated wallpapers and have used a nice little app called "bsetroot" that does all kinds of nice gradation effects (get it here) as well as Amok's GradientDesk (search google, it's floating around...) which is where I got the inspiration for this idea.
I opened one of the GradientDesk-created wallpapers in XnView by accident and was shocked to see a just a 1-pixel line that faded from one color to the other.

I wonder if this could start a trend of people trading 2 and 4 pixel wallpapers with whimsical names.
Here's 'Purple Dawn'
and 'Hazy Inspiration'
1832  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strange Windows wallpaper trick on: March 20, 2007, 05:55:54 PM
The best part is you get nifty gradation wallpapers that clock in at < 100 bytes (not a typo!)  Kiss

1833  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Strange Windows wallpaper trick on: March 20, 2007, 03:02:24 PM
Try this, it's nutty...

Open your Paint program.
Select Image->Attributes and make your image 2 pixels by 2 pixels.
Select View->Zoom->Custom->800%
Now put black in the lower-left corner, dark gray in the lower-right corner, and light grey in the upper-left.
Like so...


Save it somewhere convenient, then in your display properties, select the bitmap you just made, select 'Center' and  Stretch Desktop Wallpaper enabled.

Lovely isn't it?

This works with all kinds of bitmaps, look at this one...


and what it does...
1834  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for 'Open With...' Editor on: March 19, 2007, 01:25:29 PM
I must remove the upper checkmark each time, and set a new c heckmark at buttom...

Yeah, it took me a few minutes, too. It's not immediately obvious what to do for custom actions, but it's a nice simple tool.
1835  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for 'Open With...' Editor on: March 19, 2007, 11:39:06 AM
I found this here thingy (no home page, so it's a direct download)
1836  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Living with Linux Ubuntu (ONLY) for 30 days on: March 09, 2007, 01:10:57 PM
VERY lengthy article, but it gives the subject the treatment it deserves. I've been living with Xubuntu solo for about 6 months now, and my wife is having no trouble Grin . I agree with almost everything in the article, basically:

1- Linux is stabler than you.
2- Ubuntu has all but beaten the package management nightmare.
3- You may have some problems with some hardware, notably printers and wi-fi. Do your homework first.
4- Unless you're playing Quake 4, hardcore gamers are going to be dissapointed.
5- Gimp is not Photoshop, but it's close enough for 95% of what most folks use photoshop for, and theres GimpShop for those who don't use Gimp because they can't figure out the buttons.

I most fully and heartily disagree with this one:
For example, users of GarageBand or Sony’s ACID will regret the lack of a loop-based audio editor for Linux...
Holy Smokin' Sequencers, ain't he ever heard of Audacity? Rosegarden? Ardour? LMMS? yeesh... How's about a clue-by-four -> RIGHT HERE.

...(though the Jokosher project is heading in that direction.)
I have tried Jokosher and I can say this; It is pointed in that direction. Barely headed, really (but I'll admit it's a really nice looking start).

All in all, nice find Ken.
1837  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ultrafunk Popcorn full version now freeware on: March 08, 2007, 01:53:57 PM
I did try the english version. I also tried it again yesterday and it's not too shabby. I'm still using ultrafunk, because I know the feature set. That doesn't mean nPOP isn't cool, just personal preference. If someday Popcorn crashes, I'll use nPOP, I promise.
1838  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Extended Character Aascii Art questions on: March 07, 2007, 06:03:32 PM
Ok, so I have a solution to my first problem...
First, a2ps from the GnuWin32 tools.
Second, a batch script and a little learnin' about the 'print' command.
[copy or print]
@echo off
tree %1 | a2ps - -1 -B --encoding=ibm-cp437 --center-title="Directory Listing" -o %temp%\tree
print /D:<insert your printer here> %temp%\tree
and that does it...

BTW-Processing NFO files through a2ps with the 'ibm-cp437' encoding does well also. I'd like to see what it does with the proper 865 codepage.

Thanks all for the help.
1839  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ultrafunk Popcorn full version now freeware on: March 07, 2007, 11:05:53 AM
I tried nPop once. Didn't like it. I can't remember why though... maybe I'll check it out.

I use popcorn to check my personal mail at work. No traces, just like It should be.
1840  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Drawing with 2 mice on: March 07, 2007, 11:02:38 AM
I can foresee a lot of applications becoming confused.
I don't know about that, as long as the OS passed a single mouse event to the app no matter which cursor did the action. But that WOULD limit you to one mouse action at a time. For example, you couldn't nab two corners of a window and stretch it (which I think is a fairly cool idea, btw).
I would be more worried about USERS being confused as to which mouse was moving which cursor.
But if it were possible, you could make dual-mouse aware applications, with corresponding functions.
Hmm... like gui buttons that would act like the current modifier keys. For example, shift-rightclick would be click and hold <some button> while performing action with other cursor; drawing applications that could make lines between two points held by their respective mouse cursors, things like that.
The possibilites could be overwhelming...
1841  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Ultrafunk Popcorn full version now freeware on: March 06, 2007, 05:13:42 PM
What is Popcorn?
Popcorn is a lightweight and portable e-mail client for Windows.

* Works as a client/server application, reading mail "directly" from POP

* Send and receive mail using secure SSL encrypted server connections.
  (More details in the "Send and receive mail using SSL in Popcorn" section).

* Ideally suited for "on the road" mail access, for scanning, reading and
  sending mail over slow connections.

* Supports multiple account profiles, enabling you to read and send mail from
  any number of accounts.

* Requires no installation, no data is saved locally other than a portable
  .INI file containing account information.

* Ideal for cleaning up POP accounts, removing spam, unwanted mail, large
  attachments etc...

* Immune to all forms of e-mail attachment and HTML viruses/scripts/trojans,
  because it does not directly support receiving attachments or viewing HTML.

* Optionally supports viewing/saving attachments and HTML through external

* The built-in mail editor and address book enables you to compose and send
  new mail with or without file attachments, reply to, forward and re-direct
  received mail using SMTP or (E)SMTP with authentication.

* Fits easily on a floppy or other portable (even read only) media, making
  it easy to carry around at all times.

* Using the Mail Message (.eml) format, you can easily import mail items
  composed, saved or sent from Popcorn into other popular e-mail clients.

Very minimalisic, no IMAP, but it's portable, fast and now... Free!
1842  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Extended Character Aascii Art questions on: March 06, 2007, 01:18:57 PM
Yes, app that would be the best way and as you can see, that's how I posted the samples. But I think a point is being missed here...

What I WANT is a program that can open a file that contains extended character text, and hit the "Print" button and it prints it as it is displayed. Period. Done.
Specifically the pseudo-graphical output from "tree".

1- In the business in which I am employed, I find it convenient to give clients a handy list of files I have archived for them. I have an entry in my context menu that when I right click a folder, I select "print folder tree" and it hits a .bat file that looks like this:
[copy or print]
@echo off
tree /A %1 > "%temp%\dirlist"
start /w notepad /p "%temp%\dirlist"
del "%temp%\dirlist"
And it prints a nice little tree of my files, with "+" signs at the nodes and so on. .
Go ahead, try it, it's fun...
Works, right? So what's the problem, you ask...

2- it bugs me that I can't figure out how to print out the nice little line diagram that 'tree' gives you without the '/A' flag. I can see it in the command box, I can see it when I open in notepad, but it .does.not.print.
I have tried all kind of Directory printing applications, so PLEASE don't go there, I have tried them all, and what I want is this one little simple thing, I can't believe there is NO application that can simply DO it.
I happened upon the idea of using .nfo viewers because they can read those extended characters and HOPEFULLY one of them will also be able to print it. (even more hopefully, automatically when I call it with a '/p' flag like notepad so I don't have to re-invent the wheel I am currently running on...)

I am currently working on the idea to use Autohotkey to parse the output from my little script into .rtf code and replace the node symbols with the cute little folder icons from Wingdings and print it out from Wordpad. That would be neat, eh?

And besides, the .nfo style of ascii art looks like fun...
1843  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: GNU Utilities for Win32 dead? on: March 05, 2007, 06:40:46 PM
cygwin is... ick.

Ditto. GnuWin32 rocks...

Hmmm... I wouldn't exactly call 2 updates in as many months in 2007 and Vista testing "dead"
Check it out...
1844  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Extended Character Aascii Art questions on: March 05, 2007, 06:34:08 PM
I've been digging around the RTF 1.5 spec (for another project I'm brewing) and I noticed you can call codepages within rtf documents in the header (or anywhere else for that matter) with the \cpg tag (865=Norwegian?...). Also there are the \ansi \mac \pc \pca tags to play with. Maybe I can still get this baby to kick...
1845  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A total eclipse of the Moon this Saturday on: March 05, 2007, 10:18:51 AM
Missed it. US PST and all that...

Next one... Aug. 28, right over my time zone - w00t!!
1846  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SKRBL - Yet another Web2 beta on: March 02, 2007, 01:13:54 PM
Wow -  after only one day... ohmy Grin tongue

1847  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / SKRBL - Yet another Web2 beta on: March 01, 2007, 06:19:15 PM
Ok, so you go there and write or draw on the page and invite others to go there and do the same.

Kinda neat though... See you there!
The complete web whiteboard.
Just start skrbl, give out your URL and instantly share online.
Use skrbl to collaborate with others or, keep it your own private web space.
Write notes, sketch drawings, upload pictures, share files...
Everyone sees the same screen,
Everybody stays on the same page.

from ETTF
1848  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Simple, freeware, soundcard output recorder? on: March 01, 2007, 01:32:51 PM
If you also want to record MIDI output  huh
Hubi's Loopback Device looks promising.

It's also fairly easy to toss audio data around a Linux (or similar) system with JACK, and a Windows port is apparently in the works. Watch that, JACK is way cool...

There's also Ntonyx but it's a hefty $49.00 USD...

1849  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firewalls - please, i can't be bothered. on: February 27, 2007, 11:35:29 AM
Just for the record, on my Linux box at home I use FireHOL which is not a firewall, but a language for setting up the  iptables packet filtering ruleset (erm... firewall if you want to call it...). I went googling for "iptables for windows" and came up with this: http://force.coresecurity.com/
It looks to be very powerful, and rumors of Core Security being acquired by Symantec are false. Although I must say it is not for n00bs and I don't know how it works "out of the box", although further investigation may prove very fruitful...
CORE FORCE is the first community oriented security solution for personal computers. CORE FORCE is free and provides a comprehensive endpoint security solution for Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems.

The security framework provided by CORE FORCE is leveraged by a community of security experts that share their security configurations for a growing list of programs. These security profiles can be downloaded by any user of CORE FORCE from the community Web site and they're also completely open so that they can be peer-reviewed to minimize security hazards. The community approach to endpoint security also allows end-users who are not security experts to work in a secure environment.

CORE FORCE can be used to:

    * Protect your computer from compromises by worms, virus and email-borne malware
    * Prevent your computer from being used as a staging point to amplify attacks and compromise others
    * Prevent exploitation of known bugs in the operating system and applications running on your computer
    * Prevent exploitation of unknown bugs (0-day) in the operating system and applications running on your computer
    * Detect and prevent execution of adware, spyware, trojan horses and other malware on you computer

CORE FORCE provides inbound and outbound stateful packet filtering for TCP/IP protocols using a Windows port of OpenBSD's PF firewall, granular file system and registry access control and programs' integrity validation. These capabilities can be configured and enforced system-wide or on a per-application basis for specific programs such as email readers, Web browsers, media players, messaging software, etc.

Take a look at the screenshots: http://force.coresecurity...base&page=screenshots
and the comments to go with them.

Apparently, it is suitable for use as a personal firewall:

How does the personal firewall work?

The firewall component of CORE FORCE is a Windows port of OpenBSD's PF, the open source, mature, server-level firewall (PF: The OpenBSD Packet Filter). PF's functionality has been trimmed and tailored to make it suitable for desktop systems and to minimize code complexity.

CORE FORCE support inbound and outbound stateful filtering with advanced settings such as TCP flags and ICMP type/code flags. It works on a per application basis, loading and unloading rules dynamically at application runtime and it can be configured to require runtime user confirmation on certain connections. It is implemented at kernel level as an intermediate driver that mediates communications between the network card drivers and the operating system's TCP/IP protocol stack, making it difficult to bypass.
and there's a ton of HowTo's and Documentation here: http://force.coresecurity...mp;func=view&catid=39

If I had W2K on this machine, I'd try it in a heartbeat.
1850  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Extended Character Aascii Art questions on: February 26, 2007, 04:50:44 PM
f0dder: You're right, the text in GetDiz is kinda squished, compared to NFO Scroller.
GetDiz at least prints, but there are white lines running under all the rows, totally ruining the effect.
Oh Well...
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