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1826  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for "Compiz for Windows" (or at least virtual desktops) on: August 11, 2008, 02:39:59 PM
A while ago, I wrote a (not so) epic mini-review on various virtual window/desktop apps for Windows.
Here: http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=2485.0
I know some things have changed since then, and maybe some new apps have popped up, and I did totally ignore apps like BossKey and VirtuaWin because of lack of a "pager" thingie (I know, there's 2 pager modules for VW but I don't like either of them...).
But check it out and see if you find anything that suits you.
1827  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux is Not Windows on: August 11, 2008, 12:39:40 PM
*grumble* Oh fer pete's sake, another linux<>windows post nono2

OK, I'll bite.
Let me begin by saying if I have personally attacked anyone regarding their choice of OS, please send me a personal message and I will reply with an honest heartfelt apology. Really. Even publicly in a forum post. I have already done so on more than one occasion.

Even though the article is a bit dated, I think the principles hold true. You could have re-titled it "Mac is not Windows" re-wrote a few key parts and it would have still made sense. Heck, you could have titled it "OS/2 is not NeXT"...
Umm, maybe...

These two quotes are beginning to give me cause for concern:
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from 40Hz:
Question: Why should anybody care what somebody else has to say about their choice of an OS? If you're insulting someone about that - or you're feeling insulted in return - then you're talking about religious convictions, not technology. And that will always be a "no win" exchange of opinions.
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from Zaine
You had your say; I get mine. (Unless you decree what can and can't be talked about and in what ways here on DC.)
OK, time to walk a little softer here...
WAY too many times I have seen the Windows/Linux discussion in many other locations ends up taking on the characteristics of a religious holy war but lacking many of the ethical constraints that most religions demand, and we all should be very familiar with DonationCoder's policy on discussions of that nature...

I also agree with App that the Linux community is famous for being snotty at the most inopportune moments, and for that, I wish I could personally apologize for. In any argument, being right is wonderful, being wrong kinda hurts, but a bad attitude in either situation loses everytime.

I also agree with Zaine that Humphries last statement misses the mark a bit. Personally, I think it should be re-written.
I would say "If you've got the itch to try something new and unfamilar, go ahead and try Linux. Burn yourself a Live CD and have a go. You'll be a newb, that's OK, we all were at some point. Give it a good two weeks or so, a month if you're the tenacious type. Identify problems and seek solutions. Seek them as diligently as you are capable. If you can honestly say you can live with Linux more or less comfortably, then welcome to the family. We're a bit weird and obnoxious sometimes, but I'll guarantee the Sunday picnics will never be boring again. and I personally apologize for anyone who chides you for going to visit cousin Bill next door. He's got money, and I hear he's trying to marry into the family..."

If not, then toss the CD out and return blissfully to the old comforts of Windows. There are days when I don't blame you one bit.
1828  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Digging for Snails...and the Hidden Internet on: August 08, 2008, 10:23:06 AM
I know a lot of forums have a hidden mode called "lofiversion" that skips the images (avatars, sigs, attachments) and special formatting which makes things a lot faster.
The neowin forums has a lofiversion: http://www.neowin.net/forum/lofiversion/index.php/

Any others?
1829  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird websites on: August 05, 2008, 04:07:46 PM
Wow, I can't believe I watched the whole thing...

Entertaining to say the least, but what if the whole film was encoded to full-motion ascii like the bb demo?

Oooh... a quick google pulled up the Matrix in full ascii, w00t!!
1830  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird websites on: August 04, 2008, 04:33:26 PM
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was it you Edvard that posted about a "game" here .. something educational, looked very like this (done by the same person even) ?? (or maybe it was Ampa)
To me it looks quite a bit like Amanita Design's Samarost (covered in a few threads here at DC) who also made Questionaut for the BBC, which I did post about..

So... yeah.
1831  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird websites on: August 04, 2008, 11:07:34 AM
The way this website works, I could've started it.
But I didn't. Enjoy:
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If you have some unnecessary knowlege stored in your brain and would like to get it out, this looks like a perfect repository.



from Admit-One.net
1832  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird websites on: August 04, 2008, 10:55:35 AM
Toyota's swedish web location takes a decidedly artsy turn in explaining it's products:
http://www.ihuvudetpatoyota.se/index_en.html
1833  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird websites on: August 04, 2008, 10:49:20 AM
*Ahem*
I see you've misspelled "Fliegende kinderscheisse" again. Grin

This thread has reminded me of a weird website I used to enjoy, started by artist Bill Barker of Schwa fame.
The website that corresponded with his books was splendidly surreal, but it's gone now, with the domain possibly hijacked:
http://theschwacorporation.net/

hmmm...
1834  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Skimp or splurge? on: August 04, 2008, 10:26:24 AM
...
Kitchen knife: SKIMP. I see I'm going against the grain in this thread here. I use cheap knives from IKEA and an cheap knife sharpener from IKEA. If only the knives are sharp then I have never noticed a difference in performance between cheap and expensive knives.

No, you're not going against the grain, you're following the rules. REMEMBER: it's not skimping if you found a quality item at a decent price.
I mean you're talking Ikea...  Kiss

I've bought "cheap sawdust" bookshelves from Ikea that outlasted some solid-wood kitchen tables from a big-box retailer.
Gotta love those north europeans...
1835  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird websites on: August 01, 2008, 04:12:16 PM
Ooh, that reminds me of the Rodenator!!

I never could figure out if this was real or not. Watch some videos, you be the judge.
http://www.rodenator.com/videos.htm
1836  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird websites on: August 01, 2008, 10:52:37 AM
I'll see your fnord and raise you 23:
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1837  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wordle: Create Beautiful Word Clouds on: July 31, 2008, 06:50:11 PM
Ok, I just *had* to filter some linuxhater bile through it.
What did we come up with?...
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Linux, or something like it?

Fun.
1838  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird websites on: July 31, 2008, 01:25:44 PM
http://www.compositeclub.cc

 huh
1839  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Linux needs more haters on: July 30, 2008, 01:41:29 PM
OK, that's it.

I'm not reading the LinuxHater's blog anymore.
It's taking up too much of my time, and is just raising my blood pressure.
I appreciate the technical points made and some of the commenters (err... flamers...) have some valid points for both sides, but... it all gets drowned out by the flaming noise raised to a fever pitch you only see in politics and religion, and the more I read, the more I am plagued with visions of bile-foaming MOUTHS shouting and spitting and drooling all over each other.

I am sure the guy who started this blog had some good intentions, maybe he was sick of the hypocrites, turncoats and misinformation in the Linux community (and who wouldn't be?...) and decided to do something about it.
But now he seems like a Nero, sitting on his fur-lined blog header, smugly watching the gladiators slaughter each other in the comments arena, all the while watching for fresh blood to splatter and incite the crowds even more, and maybe even planning to one day burn the whole thing down to cobble up something even more opulent.

I am thankful that somebody has the guts to peel back a few layers of geek optimism and show off some Linux and OSS's running sores, but where I thought it could be for diagnosis of the disease, instead it's just another sickening display for the cameras.

I may be wrong, but that's how I see it.
1840  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneLaptopPerChild drops Linux and goes XP on: July 30, 2008, 12:10:41 PM
 Grin Grin Grin

The sudden push to re-work Sugar sounds very linuxhater-like, I'll admit.
1841  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneLaptopPerChild drops Linux and goes XP on: July 30, 2008, 10:45:13 AM
Also, read what Wikipedia has on the controversy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/w...roversy_Regarding_Mission
1842  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please share your favorite search engines. on: July 30, 2008, 10:44:31 AM
Wow, I'm liking Hakia...
Thanks for the tip, PhilB!!  Thmbsup
1843  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please share your favorite search engines. on: July 30, 2008, 10:32:30 AM
http://www.alltheweb.com
Yeah, yeah, I know it's Yahoo powered, but I like it's simple, no-nonsense Image search that finds things the other engines don't.
(and no, I don't mean by turning off the "Offensive Content Filter"...)
1844  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneLaptopPerChild drops Linux and goes XP on: July 30, 2008, 10:18:26 AM
Misleading headline.
They are NOT dropping Linux, they are making deals to allow the XP operating system as an option, either dual-boot or dedicated. Apparently some countries on the line-up to receive XO laptops balked until they could run Windows, which is obviously the more popular OS, and apparently many government agencies have laws requiring that computers purchased have to run Windows.
http://arstechnica.com/ne...ure-of-olpc-platform.html
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In our coverage of some of the serious problems faced by OLPC, we dismissed speculation that OLPC was planning to drop Linux and noted that such rumors have no basis in fact. Our suspicions were confirmed by OLPC who responded to our inquiries and told us directly that the project has no intention of dropping Linux.
Negroponte is also getting serious with developers of the Sugar interface to whip it into shape, AND port it to Windows.
Smart choice.
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"Sugar is a very good idea, less than perfectly executed. I attribute our weakness to unrealistic development goals and practices," Negroponte wrote. "Sugar needs to be disentangled. I keep using the omelet analogy, claiming it needs to be a fried egg, with distinct yolk and white, rather than having the UI, collaborative tools, power management and radios merge into one amorphous blob. Otherwise, it is impossible to debug and will be limited to the small, albeit growing, world of the XO hardware platform."
Negroponte challenges the perception that bringing Sugar to Windows reflects a deviation from the goals and agenda of the OLPC project. "As we reach out to engage a wider community, some purism has to morph into pragmatism. To suggest that this forsakes Open Source or redirects our mission is absurd," he wrote.

So all in all, the key word here is pragmatism. I like that word. It means exactly that which I think it means.  Wink
1845  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird websites on: July 29, 2008, 05:04:43 PM
OK, I found it:
http://wwwwwwwww.jodi.org/

Then I googled around a bit and found this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodi

So it IS an art project.
insanity incarnate if you didn't know what was going on...

1846  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:
http://thisismycomputerblog.blogspot.com/
 huh
1847  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

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1848  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird websites on: July 29, 2008, 11:38:57 AM
The Time Cube.
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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.
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Gobler Toys.
wtf?
[attach=2]

ManBabies
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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?

1849  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.
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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).
1850  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.

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No one takes that much time to point out flaws in a product that they completely loathe and despise.
All too true.
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