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301  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 21, 2013, 11:40:55 PM
This is pretty interesting:
So I just moved into a new apartment, and made a big discovery.
302  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
303  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to avoid creating/using a Microsoft Account when upgrading to Win 8.1 on: October 21, 2013, 07:55:24 PM
Of course this is not wholly on topic but ... please Linux people fix various Linux wifi issues so that I can dump Windows even more quickly.

What's the issues?  I and certain of my compatriots would certainly be willing to help troubleshoot, especially if it results in giving Redmond the bird... a nattily dressed flightless aquatic bird, that is.  Wink

@Tomos: Thanks for finding that.  I think my son already has a Live account, but he'll surely be uninterested in using THAT as his login.  Not sure if he will be wanting to upgrade, though.  Once bitten...
304  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A real debate over Mir? This is gonna be good if it ever happens! on: October 21, 2013, 01:28:10 AM
No, my point was that such behavior was unbecoming of folks on BOTH sides, and said nothing about libel.  Mark could have taken the high road and either ignored the attacks altogether or come up with some coherent reasons as to why Mir is technically superior.  But he didn't.  He didn't even "refute back" anything.  Instead, he engaged in the same name-calling his detractors are guilty of.  Personally, I would welcome some well-reasoned arguments in a fairly-moderated point-for-point technical debate, rather than an over-the-internet mud-slinging match.
305  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A real debate over Mir? This is gonna be good if it ever happens! on: October 21, 2013, 12:17:59 AM
Mr. Shuttleworth "shows his less professional side" in making ad hominem statements against those who dislike Mir.  I couldn't care less, plain ol' Xorg works just grand so far, and hopefully the superior technology wins in the end rather than egos and politics (yeah, right).  I have less than high hopes about it with bad form being shown on both sides.

40Hz, could you pass the popcorn?
306  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LZIP - When you THINK you've seen it all... on: October 16, 2013, 08:19:26 PM
Seems to have some pretty nifty features. Especially good are its integrity and file recovery capabilities.
It seems as though it is aimed squarely at IT pros and sys admins. Definitely not for regular user-land.

So the site says it's got the script-friendliness of bzip2, and the (totally unscientific) benchmarks show it to be comparable to the speed of gzip.
What's not to love for user-land use?  Installing now...
307  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for recording audio continuously on: October 15, 2013, 01:50:13 AM
I think what you're looking for is "Voice Activated recording", much like how a security camera with motion sensor works in that it starts recording when the input to the sound card is over a certain threshold, and pauses when things are silent.
There are also auto-started programs that can be set to start and stop recording at certain times, like a DVR.
There are a few out there, this is what I could find:

-ScanRec. The original website is down, but it's available from Softpedia, Software Informer, etc., just do a search for "Scanner Recorder" or "ScanRec", you'll find it.  Only records to WAV format, but does have a buffer so it starts the audio recording from just before the trigger, so you don't get clipping. Freeware
Same as above, don't know if it buffers though. Freeware
As requested, this runs in the background, listening for audio.  Not free; $14.95 or ReCall-PRO for $29.95


Can run in the background.
Free, with a Pro version for way too much money, but apparently NASA used it.
Has both Timed Recording and Sound-activated Recording features.  Free and Open Source.

308  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Let's get Chocolatey! on: October 14, 2013, 05:18:33 PM
I see it's already been mentioned here, but I found it just recently when re-installing a Windows parition, and thought it deserved a little more exposure.
Let's get Chocolatey!
Chocolatey NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind.

Easy Install!
To install chocolatey now, open a command prompt and paste the text from the box below and press enter.
[copy or print]
c:\> @powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%systemdrive%\chocolatey\bin

from 5 Steps to a better Windows Command Line
309  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The issue of Ad-Blocking in our browsers. on: October 04, 2013, 01:57:15 AM
The saddest part:

Having worked at (and left in disgust) an ad-driven company, the answer is simple and clear: The most annoying ads yield the best click-through rates

I can believe it, thoroughly and whole-heartedly, after talking with absolute idiots doing bizarre things with their cellphones and expecting me at customer service to fix it, after multiple times telling my mother-in-law what's OK and not OK to click while surfing political sites and I still have to spend 3 hours every time I visit because "the computer is running a little slow, can you take a look at it?" only to find that not only is it slow, but half the start menu and desktop icons are gone because "We have detected a virus on your computer.  Totally clean the virus now for only $29.99!", and taking a handful of Tylenol after reading my mother's posts on Facebook "This is not a hoax!  Confirmed by Snopes... "
310  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I the only person that has a real big problem with software like this? on: October 04, 2013, 01:42:00 AM
I could (and probably will... later) say quite a lot on this subject, but let me just say this:
When I was working customer service for Sprint, if I had a dime for every time someone called about a tracking app for their child's phone because they were lost/out with less-than-trustworthy friends/run away/suspected of drug dealing/etc, I wouldn't have needed their meager paycheck.  Well, maybe it wasn't that bad, but still...
311  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Earworms Music Thread! on: October 02, 2013, 07:13:46 PM
Oh no, not this one again:  ohmy  ohmy  ohmy

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCQ0vDAbF7s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCQ0vDAbF7s</a>

The jangly guitar riff and the chorus BOTH will stick.. will stick... will stick... will stick... will stick... will stick...
312  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: October 02, 2013, 07:10:35 PM
I am not sure, but it seems like a parody or satire of modern music. Personally I prefer TommyVFs remix/cover of it (The video is also pretty good)

Long mix

I saw an interview with Ylvis and yes, they are parodying popular music with all it's accoutrements and smorgasboarding from a handful of other genres.  But then again, when has pop music not borrowed elements from the edges to serve sanitized to the mainstream?  I've always held that pop music was self-parodying most of the time anyway, so when things like this come along, I find there's a particularly gritty irony in that while parodying pop music, they actually came up with a quite listenable... wait for it... pop song
"...gaze into the abyss..."  huh

I mean, if this had been about "boy wants/meets/loses girl" or "we're having a great time at this social gathering" instead of ridiculous animal noises, these guys would be, at this very moment, having the world offered to them on a silver platter (in the form of a tidy record contract, of course).
313  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Article: OAuth 2.0 and the Road to Hell on: October 02, 2013, 12:33:47 AM
I was looking up what others had done in the way of making a Box.com client for Linux (there is none, just mount your folder with WebDAV).  Apparently, a client proper accesses your account using the OAuth 2.0 protocol.  I briefly looked at what it might take to whip up something of my own devising, perhaps with a bash script or my budding Pascal skills, when I came across a OAuth library for Delphi/Lazarus (which I can't find now) and decided to look up Oauth and see how difficult it might be to implement.  
I stumbled across this article written by one of the principle authors of OAuth, Eran Hammer, who abruptly quit OAuth last year after 3 years of dealing with the process of working up OAuth 2.0 to a proper IETF standard.  Scary.  I don't think I have enough Jedi skills to get very far with this...

This is a case of death by a thousand cuts, and as the work was winding down, I’ve found myself reflecting more and more on what we actually accomplished. At the end, I reached the conclusion that OAuth 2.0 is a bad protocol. WS-* bad. It is bad enough that I no longer want to be associated with it. It is the biggest professional disappointment of my career.


He is actually kinder to the IETF board members in the comments, and clearly he was frustrated with the process as much as the enterprise goons.

314  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Jazz Recommendation Thread on: October 01, 2013, 08:20:14 PM
Bobby Hutcherson on the vibes... bliss.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKH5aGvoQl8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKH5aGvoQl8</a>

This whole album is just awesome.
315  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Earworms Music Thread! on: October 01, 2013, 07:49:29 PM
Oh dear... oh dear dear...

I could list a thousand of them, but I'll start with one:

...will now play in your head for the next 3 days.
316  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: September 29, 2013, 04:19:05 PM
Aaaaand from the "What is this I don't even" department, I bring you:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE</a>
317  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: September 29, 2013, 04:17:04 PM
^^ Reminds me of "Brother Metal"  Cesare Bonizziw, AKA Fratello Metallo.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7wh0lxliyE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7wh0lxliyE</a>

318  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: September 29, 2013, 04:00:51 PM
and here I thought all along that you were this real chilled out kind of guy ;-) :p

 Grin  Well, actually, my reaction to most grammar and spelling mistakes:


So... yeah.  Wink
319  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: September 29, 2013, 02:52:06 AM
maybe *you* have a fifter I could kiff ?
fo forry, fad to fay no fifter.  Sad

Actually, that would be 'kiſs your ſiſter', consistent with the post-medieval/pre-modern usage of the archaic 'long s'w
Glad to see it go, really.  I've a spelling-nazi streak in me that would have been driven to fits...
320  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Jazz Recommendation Thread on: September 27, 2013, 01:02:10 AM
My taste in jazz has two feet: One foot in the canonical (Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Dave Brubeck, Wes Montgomery, Vince Guaraldi), the other in the "suspected to be clinically insane" avant-garde (Sun Ra, John Zorn, Peter Brotzmann, Skerik, Bill Laswell).
The listed musicians are by no means a complete list, just what I could throw off the top of my head that haven't been mentioned before.
321  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why 24-bit/192kHz music files make no sense - and may be bad for you! on: September 24, 2013, 08:00:39 PM
Rumor had it that was a trick used extensively by Motown Records and picked up on by others.  Part of the rumor is they had their own low-power radio station that would broadcast to the cars in the parking lot where musicians and producers could listen to the final mix over the car radio.
322  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Be Tiny, World! release for Android, PC, Mac, and Linux. on: September 20, 2013, 02:47:15 AM
OS: Debian "Testing" (Jessie) 64-bit.
BTW Version 1.130917.12

I added a "Kid Mode" to the game, which gives you a little drone that shoots at planets in the latest version that might help make things easier for you. (c;

Actually, I liked the challenge of having to avoid a world you already made tiny provides.  It's like a 'bonus' difficulty.  Don't know if you had that in mind when you coded it, but it works.  Thmbsup
323  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Do you like short films? Of course you do! Shortoftheweek.com on: September 20, 2013, 02:13:31 AM
Short of the Week has been serving up epic bite-sized films to millions of filmmakers and fans since 2007. We seek to discover and promote the greatest and most innovative storytellers from around the world.

I only just discovered this website about a month ago, but it is now my second favorite website (after DonationCoder Wink ).  Films are all of good to great quality, sortable by Genre , Topic, Style, Country, Year, Collection or Playlist.  Also, subscribe to their RSS or Twitter feed to get notifications of new shorts as they get posted, even submit your own creations.  Enjoy  Thmbsup

from: the awesome part of the internets
324  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Be Tiny, World! release for Android, PC, Mac, and Linux. on: September 20, 2013, 01:30:55 AM
Linux version runs great, Deo.  Too bad I keep crashing into the tiny worlds because I have to start shooting at a big world coming my way...  Cry
325  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Odd/Fun Ways You've Learned Programming on: September 20, 2013, 01:01:21 AM
Another interesting way that I learned was via the Beagle Bros contests (in old fashioned BASIC with Assembler calls).

Dude!!  I LOVED Beagle Bros back in the day, hammering away at their advertisement's 'one-liners' on the school's Apple ][+ and ][e's.  I learned SO much from those.  Our family was too poor to afford computers back then, but I had read through so much BASIC code that I knew it by heart by the time we finally got a Timex-Sinclair 1000.  
I made two programs on that; a 'catch the falling object' game that got faster and objects falling farther away from you as you progressed, and a 'steer a vehicle (actually a letter "A") between the ever-closing walls' game.  Both of them I saved the source, hand-written on school note paper, for years so I could show off to my friends whenever I had the chance (they all had Commodore VIC-20s and TI 99/4As, the lucky bums).  That's all lost to the sands of time now...
Funny thing, that's also how I learned how RAM could affect a computer's speed.  Because the Timex-Sinclair 1000 had only 1K of built-in memory, I always had to code in larger slow-down loops when programming other computers, and when my uncle bought a 16K RAM pack for his TS-1000, I thought it was the fastest computer I had ever seen.  ohmy

Now, I'm learning Pascal (seems to be the only language I have the bean for anymore) and as a learning exercise, I'm turning all the text-mode tutorial programs into full GUI apps in Lazarus, with sometimes unexpected results.  cheesy
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