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301  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint 16 "Petra" just released on: December 21, 2013, 07:35:20 PM
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Right before I lost interest entirely in Linux (but not the respect!) I became grumpy with uBuntu because at one particular point the box I was on simply stopped working between upgrades. Aka I had matching CD's in hand and whatever older copy of Ubuntu worked, the next couple of new ones didn't. (Provable, I loaded each like three times.) But at the time Linux Mint wasn't working for me either.

I ended up with some really obscure sub-sub-variant of Ubuntu with extra drivers added by the package dev by hand, and that worked. Presumably during whatever update of official Ubuntu that was, ____ driver got dropped or something.

But I hate to say it, I'm just stuck on Windows because as distractible as I am, Linux adventuring proved to be one too many things to handle! : (      So now I'm just on Windows because I'm tired/lazy because of all the little widgets that are on my comp.

Well, I'm glad you settled on what works for you instead of endless twiddling for more effort than worth.  Never a good idea no matter what your loyalty.  I have had experiences like that where certain computers and the attending hardware just would not play well with Linux, no matter what distro or combination of drivers.  However, my tenacity was such that I usually ended up using a lower-spec box that ran relatively hassle-free rather than switch back to Windows, but that's just me  Thmbsup
302  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PB&J with Potato Chips... One of Nature's Most Perfect Foods[ on: December 16, 2013, 08:36:32 PM
Now I'm not so hungry...  Sad
303  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint 16 "Petra" just released on: December 16, 2013, 08:15:44 PM
I looked up the LiDE70 because I have a LiDE30 that works flawlessly, and you are correct.  The LiDE70 uses a different set of hardware altogether (Phillips chipset) and Canon's attitude toward Linux has been *ahem*... less than charitable.  I got my 30 at a thrift store for $5.99; I bet you could probably find a similar deal on a more compatible scanner.  Take this page* with you on your phone or tablet for a quick check.  Thmbsup

* http://www.sane-project.org/sane-mfgs.html
304  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Why do my cookies look like that? on: December 14, 2013, 09:57:20 PM
Now that I have the Most Beautiful Wife in the Universe (tm), I am not allowed in the kitchen, and the dinner table thanks me for it.  However, I do admit that I have wanted to do something like this for a long time, but never had the patience or discipline.

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Have you ever wondered why chocolate chip cookies can be chewy, crisp, soft, flat, thick, cakey, greasy, bland, flavorful, moist, or crumbly?
In this post I’m going to share with you how various ingredients and techniques can affect the taste, texture, and appearance of your chocolate chip cookies. This will hopefully help you understand how chocolate chip cookies work so you can make the PERFECT batch every time, whatever you consider to be perfect.


...And mouser alerted me part 2!  Enjoy!
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Keep reading to find out how dark nonstick baking pans, cornstarch, egg yolks, cake flour, bread flour, and shortening affect chocolate chip cookies.
HandleTheHeat.com's Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies, PART 2


from somebody's post on my facebook
305  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free web storage service that offers the biggest amount of data? on: December 13, 2013, 11:34:04 PM
I'm sold on Copy.com.  The Linux client is solid and as easy to use as DropBox's, and they have a tool to migrate your files from Google Drive, DropBox and Box.com directly over the web.

I've got 50G on Box.com, but mounting my folder via a webdav connection is a pain in the neck, the connection is slow, and I have to use an external sync application (the venerable Unison).
306  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: The real barrier to Linux for new users on: December 13, 2013, 11:16:20 PM
I was going to write a long and detailed response, but I'll just leave a facepalm here, and an apology to all the Windows users who were promised rainbows and kittens if they would only switch to Linux.  I'm really sorry, but that was a lie.  Instead, you got shark lazers and rabid tigers.  You got a craft fair instead of a Wal-Mart.  Because despite all the hype, user-focused software on Linux is still a huge hobbyist playground, where "good enough" will always be good enough and if you want it better, pull up your do-it-yourself pants and join the other geeks burning up spare time to make it "better enough", because nobody's getting paid but the pros.  This is not the place for folks who want a smooth ride, despite what you've been told/sold, and I am truly sorry if you bought it.

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Please... stick with safe, predictable, stable, mature, etc. and let us geeks work things out; use Linux for your servers and your phones, and come back in a few years to see if we're still around.  Meanwhile, I'll do my part contributing documentation, artwork, code, etc. as I am able, because I dearly want to see it better.  And it will be, and for the most part already is, just not as fast or far as most folks would like it to be.  And that's OK...



I have a feeling I'm going to regret this post, but it was what was on my mind at the time.  C'est la vie.
307  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Question for coders: What do you think of this idea? on: December 05, 2013, 09:07:08 PM
This started out to be a long post, but I lost my train of thought and went off on tangents and salacious opinionations.  So, brevity often being a virtue, I'll simply say I think it will either be a stunning success or a quickly-forgotten-and-swept-under-the-rug failure.  Personally, I like the idea, but it's going to take a lot of active participation from both sides of the fence.  If successful, it would remind me of something like DC's 'Coding Snacks' on steroids, or like the discussion forums of many established softwares where the principal coder(s) actually listen to bug reports and suggestions.

So, here's hoping for the best  Thmbsup, but it wouldn't surprise me if it fizzles.  Sad
308  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does anyone know of a software that can record file modification times? on: December 04, 2013, 01:12:57 AM
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how many files, and how often do they change?

is this something that could be polled hourly or every xx minutes?

That would be my question as well, because it sounds like it'd make a great coding snack.  tellme
309  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / ExplainShell explains those cryptic command options on: December 03, 2013, 08:48:27 PM
Mouser mentioned this in IRC, and there's a nice little write-up at Ghacks here:
http://www.ghacks.net/201...x-command-line-arguments/

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Explain Shell is a free online service that will break down command line arguments that you enter for you. If you do not know what the commands find . -type f -print0, tar xzvf archive.tar.gz or iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -s ip-to-block -j DROP do, you can find out now using the service.

http://explainshell.com/

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Pretty snazzy!  Thmbsup
310  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint 16 "Petra" just released on: December 01, 2013, 09:44:28 PM
Ah, I should have been more clear as well...  I am running Debian "Testing", not Linux Mint.  I used to be a Ubuntu fan, but it has gone downhill since 9.10, IMNSHO.  I went back to Debian and I've gotten along with it so well that I intend to stay.

Though I will admit Mint looks pretty slick...
311  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint 16 "Petra" just released on: December 01, 2013, 08:56:57 PM
If it's based on "Testing" I'd say there's more than one update Wink

I do an 'aptitude update/full-upgrade' every week or so and it's always huge.  And in the past couple of months, they've been obsolete-ing tons of packages.
312  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I hate the word "anathema" on: November 16, 2013, 11:50:49 AM
So, according to the root meanings of "flame" and "inflame", then "flammable" means "if you manage to catch this on fire, it will burn with flames", but "inflammable" means "burnable to varying degrees, but visible flames not explicitly required"

Interesting...
313  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a seventies music title... on: November 13, 2013, 02:42:13 AM
Not the '70s, but the gestalt bears a resemblance:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT5CzKGYhQk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT5CzKGYhQk</a>
314  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a seventies music title... on: November 13, 2013, 02:30:19 AM
I think I have an inkling of what you're looking for, but I heard it a long time ago in the company of some very interesting individuals whose whereabouts I no longer know.

You mentioned french; perhaps a female singer covering Plastic Bertrand's "Ça Plane Pour Moi"? (the lyrics apparently make no sense, even in the original french).

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsXknE8LOEI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsXknE8LOEI</a>

As an aside, I did find something interesting in my searches:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcUi6UEQh00" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcUi6UEQh00</a>

Prisencolinensinainciusolw
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The song was produced with the purpose of exposing Italian pop artists and musicians who were deceiving the public, pretending to speak/understand English lyrics and plagiarizing American and English songs, so this was a satirical parody to underscore the fact that those artists and musicians were not fluent in any form of English at all, and the Italian public would accept and popularize any song sounding like English, whether or not it was accurate.

Or maybe it could be one of these?:
http://www.who-sang-that-...nse-word-song-titles.html
315  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How long do hard drives actually live for? on: November 13, 2013, 01:33:27 AM
From the anecdotal-tale-to-the-contrary-department: I still have a handful of less-than-1GB drives that still fire up just fine, though they don't hold much, and I can count on that same hand how many disk drives I've had fail while it was installed and being used.  Every time I've had a disk fail it was because I had taken it out to install a newer, larger one, and later tried to install it in a different machine. 
CD-ROM drives, on the other hand... let's just say I should buy them in bulk.  undecided
316  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino Leonardo Touchboard on: November 12, 2013, 08:52:27 PM
I felt that way about "tapping" in the 80s; felt that way about digital stompboxes in the '90s, felt that way about Autotune and anything Line6 in the '00s.  I haven't found anything to be stodgy about for the '10s.  Maybe I'm finally old enough to not care.  Oh, wait... no more than 6 strings on a guitar, and 4 on the bass (though I'll allow for the bass if you're good enough to actually use all those extra strings), and dagnabbit, if you're going to make some music and call it "dubstep", don't drill my eardrums with a fire alarm noise and call it "bass".  undecided

And while you're at it, much props if you ditch your Kaoss or Launchpad for a Leonardo Touchboard and some bananas and wire.  Thmbsup
317  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I hate the word "anathema" on: November 11, 2013, 07:23:48 PM
I like the word; so descriptive and to-the-point when applied properly to the appropriate subject.

Double-up on "properly" and "appropriate".  When was the last time you excommunicated a heretic?  huh

And double-kudos to your punny bone if it's your dog's name. Hint: look it up  Grin
318  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino Leonardo Touchboard on: November 11, 2013, 07:09:55 PM
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Most musicians adapt fairly rapidly to new instrument interfaces - as long as they're logical and consistent in operation.

I would amend that to say "Most younger/incredibly creative musicians..." as, believe it or not though I'm sure you're aware, musicians can be a downright stodgy bunch when something newfangled comes along that "all the kids are using" even when it's "logical and consistent" (yours truly guilty as charged).  Wink

Darn kids, always changing the game before I'm done playing...  Angry
319  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 11, 2013, 06:58:07 PM
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Adobe users' purloined passwords were PATHETIC

Yes, but the hints were something to behold:

320  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino Leonardo Touchboard on: November 06, 2013, 09:07:26 PM
Theremin is the key.  Once you grasp why theremins work the way they do, sensing proximity is no problem for anything from theremins to burglar alarms to making interesting gadgets with microcontrollers.  I'm thinking a homebrew HotHand-type midi controller, without the need for the funky ring.  Thmbsup
321  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino Leonardo Touchboard on: November 06, 2013, 01:48:53 AM
Looks like a bit of advance on the MakeyMakey concept.  Based on the same chip too.  Very nice.
322  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Lavabit's court documents unsealed; what THEY wanted, and Lavabit's appeal... on: October 22, 2013, 11:59:54 PM
Great stuff, and IANAL, but IMO Lavabit's got some good legs to stand on in their appeal.


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The government has suggested that it's entitled to get Lavabit's private keys for three reasons: the Pen Register Statute, the Stored Communications Act, and a grand jury subpoena. Lavabit attacks all three of those in its appeal.



from somewheres I fergit
323  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: October 22, 2013, 11:27:22 PM
From an IRC conversation:

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324  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 21, 2013, 11:40:55 PM
This is pretty interesting:
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So I just moved into a new apartment, and made a big discovery.
http://themetapicture.com...d-under-my-new-apartment/
 ohmy
325  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Was the iOS 7 "look" created using Microsoft Word? on: October 21, 2013, 08:03:17 PM
Exact opposite here... Word makes me foam at the mouth. 
Publisher, on the other hand is like... I dunno... Magic or something Kiss... and that's coming from a Linux guy!  Thmbsup
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