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301  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: May 06, 2014, 07:32:57 PM
What I want in an editor:
Rectangular/column/block edit mode
Bookmark lines with a regex search and manipulate bookmarks (invert, blank lines, etc.)
Perform actions on bookmarked lines (copy, delete, move, etc)
Automatic incremental block fill (select block and fill/insert with 001, 002, 003, etc.)
Currently only TextPad 5 and Notepad++ have delivered.  Now that I'm full-time Linux, only Geany has come close, but it only has block editing.  Scite's block editing is... not.  I tried Sublime text and it can do all that and more, but I can name fistfuls of things that 70 bucks is better spent on at this point in my life.  If Atom can do what I want, maybe I'll try building it for Linux.
* Edvard downloads

*EDIT*: Wow, lots of NodeJS dependencies... I'm feeling sketchy, but I'll report back...
302  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC!! on: May 03, 2014, 08:34:04 PM
Well, a couple days late, but we'll not get into particulars...  embarassed
I cut my computing teeth on Apple BASIC between '82 and '86, didn't touch computers from then until 2000, but I still remember those days sitting in the library typing in Beagle Bros. one-liners at an Apple ][e with fondness, and I still say "string" in my head when I have to use '$' in an environment variable or regex. 

Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal
... Kemeny and Kurtz decided to create something so straightforward that it almost didn’t involve memorization at all. “We wanted the syntax of the language to consist of common words, and to have those words have a more-or-less obvious meaning,” says Kurtz. “It is a slight stretch, but isn’t it simpler to use HELLO and GOODBYE in place of LOGON and LOGOFF?”

303  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Yad - Yet Another Dialog on: May 03, 2014, 04:52:47 PM
Ah, yes, I was about to point that out, "[" is an alias for the "test" command that requires a closing "]" and so requires a space between it and it's argument.
Check it out: "man [" brings up the man page for "test", so:
if test -e /usr/bin/man; then echo "yes"; fi
is the same as:
if [ -e /usr/bin/man ]; then echo "yes"; fi

That same error has totally boggled me a few times in the past, and I swore I would never repeat it.   wallbash
304  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Yad - Yet Another Dialog on: May 03, 2014, 01:08:33 PM
Thanks for the warning -- the second example didn't work out of the box for me.

The run dialog?  Check out the tweaks I posted about that:
305  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Yad - Yet Another Dialog on: May 03, 2014, 01:49:39 AM
Found the following post mentioning yad and others at SO:

I tried all those mentioned (except KDialog), and Yad was the best of all of them.  To be fair, they're all just graphical notifications, not meant to be full GUIs.  Yad is designed to be more flexible, so by nature it can be used as a GUI construction tool (as long as all you need is a dialog to pass some parameters to command-line tools).

FWIW, did find a few examples at sf (may be they're the same as what's at Google code -- looks like they're moving from there):

Hmmm... Yes, it looks like the same content as at the Google Code site.  
Caveat Emptor: I've found most of the examples need a little massaging to work as intended, so keep your Bash skills honed, and the Yad man page handy.
306  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Yad - Yet Another Dialog on: May 02, 2014, 09:55:11 PM
So, I've used this for quite some time now, and even squawked about it here and there, but I think it deserves a proper Webfind post.  

Display graphical dialogs from shell scripts or command line.
Yad (yet another dialog) is a fork of Zenity with many improvements, such as custom buttons, additional dialogs, pop-up menu in notification icon and more.

Downloads here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/yad-dialog/
Code for above example from the Wiki:
[copy or print]
yad --title='Desktop entry editor' --text='Simple desktop entry editor' --form --field='Type:CB' --field='Name' --field='Generic name' --field='Comment' --field='Command:FL' --field='Icon' --field='In terminal:CHK' --field='Startup notify:CHK' 'Application!URI' 'Name' 'Generic name' 'This is the comment' '/usr/bin/yad' 'yad' FALSE TRUE

The Google code site has a lot of example code and a Wiki, whereas the Sourceforge site mainly hosts downloads.

It really is more than just a fork of Zenity, as it has enough flexibility to build basic to moderately-complex dialog-based GUIs for many common command-line functions.  Most of the instructions are pretty intuitive, with a few things here and there that don't seem consistent ('--rest' to read arguments from a text file?) and prepare yourself for a little pain if you need to make something requiring a tray icon...
Other than that, it's truly great.  My applause to Ananasik (Yad lead coder) and all those who have contributed.

from an Internet search for "Zenity alternative" or maybe "Autohotkey Linux", I don't remember
307  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: May 01, 2014, 03:03:32 AM
Any 16-bit stuff can run just fine in a VM with Windows 3.1 or better (I chose Win95  embarassed) and old DOS games and utilities have a very good chance of running just fine with DOSBox.
308  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 29 - soooooo similar to Chrome on: April 30, 2014, 09:19:54 PM

As of this writing, Nightly is at ver. 32.0a1, so I've had rounded tabs and "hamburger button" for a few months now.  I do have the Nightly app icon in the upper left though, so I can tell it's not Chrome (-ium). 
Meh.  It's still Firefox, Classic Theme Restorer mentioned above should do the trick.

309  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: April 30, 2014, 09:07:35 PM
Just for the record, I work for a government agency these days (nothing sinister, trust me), and we just got an email that Firefox will be remotely installed on our workstations and that we should avoid using Internet Explorer until Microsoft can fix the bug.  Sometime in mid-May, they said.  I don't know about the hype, but when it's bad enough to make the government change their default browser almost overnight, it's bad enough.
310  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Developers and the truth (or close to it) on: April 30, 2014, 09:02:20 PM
I always suspected such things were true, as every time I open a Pandora's box in my feeble attempts at programming, I can see the slithery tail and hear the rustle of membranous wings before the beast even rears it's head.  So far, I have managed to shut the lid each time, but still it beckons with it's jeweled accoutrements and promises of glory and wisdom.  So far, Pascal has not bitten me, though strong typing has induced some episodes of teeth grinding, but one day I will venture into wild territory, and then...
Very funny reads, BTW...
311  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech giants, chastened by Heartbleed, finally agree to fund OpenSSL on: April 30, 2014, 12:21:25 AM
Well, since it's all being managed by the Linux Foundation, apparently none.  From the article (emphasis mine):

The funding will not come with strings attached, Zemlin said. “We definitely want to help them, but it has to be done under their community norms,” he said. “The folks at OpenSSL are guys who have dedicated most of their adult careers to super hard software development that is, I would argue, in some ways thankless work.”
The Linux Foundation believes that open source developers should be their own bosses, regardless of who provides their funding. “Linus Torvalds does not listen to Jim Zemlin. That's intentional,” Zemlin said.

Sounds legit...
312  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: You have ruined Javascript... Rob Ashton on AngularJS on: April 29, 2014, 08:45:15 PM
Yeah, I saw that, which is why I said "Even if he's wrong...".  Though I do think it's rather disingenuous to trot out the "So suggest something better" argument.  In Rob's opinion, there HAS to be a better way, but AngularJS isn't it, and he's pointing out what seems to be circular reasoning encoded in the framework which appears completely illogical. 

Meh, I'm still giddy about learning Pascal, what do I know?  embarassed
I still think he's funny...
313  Other Software / Developer's Corner / You have ruined Javascript... Rob Ashton on AngularJS on: April 28, 2014, 09:56:45 PM
Even if he's wrong, this is hilarious.
Javascript is it's own worst enemy just further reminds me how I'm never, ever touching Javascript if I can damn well help it.

you have ruined javascript
What the actual !@#$%^&* is this? I read this as "in order to do a hello world, you must first create a hello world service to create the hello world factory to create the hello world service so you can print hello world on the screen."

314  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Tech giants, chastened by Heartbleed, finally agree to fund OpenSSL on: April 28, 2014, 08:17:48 PM
IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and others pledge big bucks to the project.  About damn time...

The important role OpenSSL plays in securing the Internet has never been matched by the financial resources devoted to maintaining it.
... but the Linux Foundation wants to change that. The foundation today is announcing a three-year initiative with at least $3.9 million to help under-funded open source projects—with OpenSSL coming first.

from CodeProject News
315  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are there any simple graphic editors? on: April 28, 2014, 07:49:56 PM
I think full-featured monoliths like Gimp are exactly what OP was trying to avoid.  I understand completely, as Gimp mystified me for years because I couldn't figure out how just click-drag to draw a damn circle or rectangle.  Then I got a book on Gimp from the library and my eyes were opened;  this was not a drawing program, this was photo-manipulation.

Irfanview and XnView were my go-tos when I needed batch conversion or fast-and-clean graphic file treatments like cropping/lightening/darkening/color manipulation, etc. but the drawing functions in IrfanView and XnView Legacy are about as limited as MSpaint, and there is no paint functionality in XnViewMP (... yet).
316  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Syncany releases working alpha on: April 28, 2014, 06:28:35 PM
It's written in Java.   stars

317  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Syncany releases working alpha on: April 28, 2014, 07:21:26 AM
Finally got around to trying Syncany last night. 
1. It's a command-line, not GUI. 
2. Currently has plugins for FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Local and Amazon S3
3. I got it to connect to my Box account VIA WebDAV, but it didn't sync anything from my Box.com folder, though it did upload it's own database folders and stuff.

Well, it's Alpha, what can I say?

318  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Luakit, dwb, and other alternative browsers on: April 28, 2014, 01:28:28 AM
I'm liking dwb mainly for when I need to use a web interface for local stuff like CUPS, HTML help files, or Webmin for my NAS.  Much nicer to not have to open my full browser when I just want to admin my router.

But holy smokes, another webkit browser with vi keybindings? Is this a 'thing' now?  Must be, because they're all over the place:

Has a nice cat logo.  And the attitude of the Suckless community.

Supports user-scripts, adblock lists, and flash.tellme

Has 'tab-completion' built in, but otherwise very no-nonsense and minimalistic.

Security-minded for the security conscious.

For main browser use, I'm on Firefox Nightly these days, and Chromium when it hasn't been pulled from the "Testing" repos...  Angry nono2
319  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cheap fountain pen shootout on: April 27, 2014, 08:25:05 PM
BTW - thank you rjbull for recommending Stationery Art.  Looks like they've got a more or less complete offering of Baoer's line, which I've been eyeing lately, and I'm liking the slim look of the Hero 7015, which being stainless steel might have a bit of weight to it...

Check out Jetpens.com as well.  Great prices and I've heard their customer service is pretty good.
320  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cheap fountain pen shootout on: April 27, 2014, 08:11:44 PM
When I first read the subject line for some reason I imagined two guys facing each other on Main Street in front of the Saloon, at high noon, trying to dowse each other with ink.  

Grin Grin  I can see it now...
Scene: High noon in Blotterville.
Ink-stained fingers twitch nervously above mother-of-pearl and turned-mahogany fine writing instruments clipped nattily in the two cowboys' faded shirt pockets.  Sweat drips down Cowboy 1's cheek as he licks his parched lips in anticipation.  Cowboy 2 shifts a well-chewed cigar stump from one side of his mouth to the other and raspily intones "DRAW, you dirty egg-suckin' dog!!".  Quick as lightning, the pens are pulled from their sheaths, caps posted and nibs full of ink eager for action as both cowboys whip out wire-bound sheafs of white vellum and begin to sketch furiously in the broiling sun.  The ink flows in lines, hatches and solid blots as the paper of their sketchbooks ruffle in the breeze.  Finally, Cowboy 1 finishes with a flourish and breathlessly shouts: "A DUCK STANDING ON A HICKORY STUMP!!" and brandishes his handiwork at his opponent with a manic half-smile.  Cowboy 2 puts in a final bit of cross-hatch shading and gravely intones "A little girl on a tricycle..." as he lifts one dusty eyebrow and slowly turns out his sketchpad for his rival to scrutinize.
The wind howls... a tumbleweed blows by... A lone harmonica wails in the distance as pages ruffle in the breeze.  
The sheriff timidly steps out of the barber shop onto the dusty Main street; "OK, boys, ya both done good.. REAL good... now let's y'all put away the nibs and uh... call it a draw, shall we?"...  tongue

So I was hoping more for some personal recommendations since I can read up stuff over at the review sites as well as the next guy. (Note: I also don't consider myself an aficionado. Just a person who likes to use well designed writing instruments.) Following recommendations on some of the "pen freak" sites, I've bought a few semi-expensive pens that came highly recommended. All of which I ended up not much caring for.
I sometimes suspect half the people who do those "me too" chime-ins after a pen review don't own (and probably never tried) the instrument in question. Because I can't reconcile my experiences with some of the good things those reviewers and commentators were saying about those pens. Hence my wondering if anybody had a personal recommendation based on hands-on experience.

I'm following right along with you, and I wish I had the resources necessary to really give a good review of some recommendations; I can only go on second-hand info for anything outside my price range.  Please pardon my naïveté.  Also, I just perused a few reviews of the Pilot Prera, and they are reported to be a rather lightweight pen; maybe not what you're looking for.

I wouldn't call the Lamy Safari "cartoony," though it depends on what colour you choose (i.e., not some of the special editions).

Exactly what I was hinting at; the cartoon-pastel colors and the molded-plastic profiles, so forgive me that.  I am aware that Lamy makes some darn fetching pens besides the Safari, but that particular look isn't my cup of tea, and the Safari is the only model close to my budget.

I can say with certainty I personally prefer a slimmer pen like Parker's IM or Vector, because I remember the Jotter so fondly, and I like the old-world look of classic profiles like Rotring's ArtPen (drool) or Pilot's Plumix or Penmanship lines, because they resemble the classic nib holders I use when I'm in a mood (see at the bottom here).  I've also bought and used a Varsity before, and found them to be quite adequate, even enjoyable, though I missed the weight of a "real" pen, and the medium nib was immediately noticeable.  The classic torpedo/cigar profile of the more expensive pens I never really found appealing, but then again I admit I've never owned one to really give it a chance.  Scheaffers always leaked on me.  Always.

It appears that fountain pens are like guitars; everybody has their favorites and extols the virtues of each, but ultimately you get what feels good under your fingers and out of your wallet.
321  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cheap fountain pen shootout on: April 27, 2014, 09:47:16 AM
Read through the comments in both of those threads, dry-side fine nibs are pretty common.  Sailor and Hero are both chinese brands I've not heard of until now that are apparently getting a good reputation, and I've also heard good things about the Indian brands like Camlin and Wality.

Also, for under $100, the field is wide open.  Spending more than that just gets you luxury gewgaws and claims of 'superb craftsmanship', and is inhabited by the likes of Waterman, Montblanc, and the spendier offerings of Pelikan and Pilot.  Many of the aficionados at FountainPenNetwork opine that spending over $300 on a good pen quickly gets into the 'diminishing returns' territory.
Just digging through Amazon filtered by price range and looking at reviews, there are a LOT of good pens to be had in the $25 - $50 range.  If I had to make a recommendation based on 'word on the street', I've been hearing a lot of talk about the Pilot Prera, which can be had in fine or medium.  

Personally, I could never justify a pen purchase over 10 bucks, 15 if it made rainbows shoot out my face while writing, which is why I liked this review series.  I also like my pens utilitarian; not cartoony like the Pelikano or Lamy Safari, not fancy like the Nemosine Singularity or Pilot Metropolitan (though the clear look of the Nemo 'Demonstrator' is quite fetching...).  But alas, keeping such a lid on my spending I'm reduced to cheap-looking as well as dubious quality.  *Sigh*  If only the Parker Vector were a few bucks cheaper...
322  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Bye-bye Wi-Fi? on: April 26, 2014, 10:19:35 PM
Yep, sad as that is, if they wanted it to be successful, they would have locked everything down with patents and proprietary protocols, then blew away everyone else's offerings with the better featureset.

Nope, I predict this will go down as yet another hobbyist's sandbox, unless some low-ball market brand like Rosewill or Buffalo decides to make a 'pre-built kit' out of it, or a competitor starts waving patents around.  undecided

Then again, let's hope we're wrong...  tellme
323  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are there any simple graphic editors? on: April 26, 2014, 10:10:24 PM
Welcome to DonationCoder!!

I was going to suggest Paint.net, but you beat me to it.  I have found that anything more advanced than mspaint eventually wants to grow up to be a Photoshop clone, so it may be difficult to find a good editor that likes to stay small and simple.  
That said, I can suggest:

OpenOffice/LibreOffice Draw.
Yes, you have to download the whole suite to use this one component, but it excels at doing the basics; shapes, text, photo resizing and cropping, etc.:
(never mind the LibreOffice website's 'Modern' look; the software is functionally identical to OpenOffice for the most part)

RealWorld Paint.
Written by our very own forum member Vlastimil:

Actually more of an exercise in programming graphics manipulation with FreePascal/Lazarus, but has pretty good basic functionality:

The only drawback to Open/LibreOffice Draw is the size of the suite, but it will probably work as you intend.
RealWorld Paint and Lazpaint have support for layers, special effects, etc. but not to the extent of advanced editors like Gimp, Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, etc.

Hopefully, you will find one of these to your liking.
324  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Cheap fountain pen shootout on: April 26, 2014, 06:34:13 PM
Hi, my name is Edvard, and I'm a fountain-pen addict.
CHEAP fountain-pen addict, that is, and I haven't found the answer to my little habit for a few years now, ever since Parker dropped the fountain version of their "Jotter" line and Pentech was bought by the folks who make cheap Disney branded crap.  
... Then I find this:

I've decided to do a shootout of my lower-cost new normal writing pens.  I've wanted to review most of these before, but haven't been up to giving each one its own review.  I will be reviewing these in approximate price order, from $0 to $30, and scoring them in these categories (each from 0-10 points): Aesthetics, Functionality, Value, Desire, respectively.

from the Fountain Pen Network
325  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Syncany releases working alpha on: April 26, 2014, 01:15:00 PM
Sorry folks, I committed a minor faux pas in that I replied in an old thread something I should have posted here.
Please ignore http://www.donationcoder....34006.msg353960#msg353960 and read on:

Syncany is a cross-platform file sync application. It syncs folders between different clients using any kind of cloud storage. It aims to be a secure application to store files in the cloud and share files with others. No intelligent servers needed.

So basically, with Syncany I can finally use my Box storage on Linux with a nice GUI application, or other non-local/cloud storage for that manner.  It'll be nice to see exactly what it supports so far.  I'll report back...
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