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351  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX - List of 100 Open Source Replacements for Popular Security Tools on: March 27, 2014, 12:02:34 AM
Thanks for this.  Ought to be better than weeding through sectools.org for the Linux versions...  Thmbsup

Oh, wait... THOSE security tools... OK, I gotcha Wink
352  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Hacking should be about making things on: March 24, 2014, 01:54:09 AM
I have contributed two patches to an open-source project and contributed documentation to another.  One got accepted because it solved a long-standing spelling error for a macro that "nobody used, but what the hay, let's merge it because it's valid".  Another was not accepted, but pending whether I can come up with similar functionality for the other toolkits, it may be.  The third was documentation for configuring a piece of software (now an abandoned project) that had NONE when I was trying it out, and I weighed two options: send hate mail (because it was that frustrating) or put in writing what of it I had managed to grok and submit to the author.  I and the (then) project maintainer were glad I chose the latter.

So, all in all, I've had good experience with it.  Great article either way. Thmbsup
353  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 22, 2014, 07:13:43 PM
^^ Amen.  I've heard it since SSD's came out that the swapfile (pagefile on Windows) should go on a fast but non-SSD Disk.  Hadn't thought of the temp and log files, good catch.

I've always thought separate drives were a good thing.  If I had another SATA disk, I'd do that for my current setup, but... Sad
354  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Judge posesses a bomb-proof bullshit detector - and ain't afraid to use it! on: March 21, 2014, 12:00:39 AM
People with Judge Wright's strength of character wrote the Constitution.  It really is too bad we don't have more people possessed of the same protecting and enforcing it.
355  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: March 18, 2014, 08:19:25 PM
After leaving Windows, I found myself missing Xplorer² quite a bit (still do) and it doesn't quite work in Wine, so I've burned through plenty of file managers on Linux trying to find a reasonable facsimile.  So far I have had to just grumpily sit down and use Thunar.  It gets the job done, I like the choice between traditional file path/breadcrumb path modes and the choice of tree view or XDG bookmarks in the left panel, the custom definable actions are very useful, AND...
it comes with my favorite desktop environment, Xfce.   Kiss

Other file managers I've tried either don't work well, try to do too much with too many icons or are annoyingly minimal.
I purposely ignored Dolphin, Nautilus and Krusader, as I've never been enamored with either KDE or GNOME.  I have my reasons.
Here's all the ones I remember trying, with all the beauty and warts I can remember.

Midnight Commander - If you have fond memories of Norton Commander and it's imitators, you'll like MC.  First of all, dual folder panes rule.  On Slackware, it doubles as the package manager, which is handy, and did I say dual folder panes rule?  One of the first things I install if it's not already included, as it is an absolute necessity if my X goes down.

Xfe - Comes closest to being comparable to Xplorer², though still a little rough looking (uses the Fox Toolkit) and a lot of features up front that I never used, but it has what is most essential: a tree view and two file panes.  That rules plus one.  For some reason, the devs tacked on a bunch of desktop extras as if it was on it's way to being a new window manager.  Did not want.  Looks like they've scaled back recently, maybe I'll give it another shot.

Rox-filer - Too damn minimal.  Sorry, I have nothing else to say.

DoubleCommander - Dual file panes rule, but this one didn't feel completely right out of the box.  The font was too bold, and having directories in brackets I find superfluous and distracting, but most aspects of the GUI are easily changed from the preferences, and the rest of it is pretty solid.  I would like a tree view to go with the dual panes and XDG bookmarks instead of drive icons, but I digress. I've been trying to give this one more face-time to get used to what it can do, but haven't been successful at that.  Developed with Lazarus/Freepascal  

Emelfm2 - Dual panes rule (is there an echo in here?), but this one tries to do way too much with icons, IMO.  Quite configurable, with lots of good features, but I gave it up after a month cause it just didn't feel right.

Gentoo - Dual panes ru... SO MANY BUTTONS AT THE BOTTOM!

Worker - See Gentoo, above + Tk interface (or is that Motif?).  Either way... Bleah.

SpaceFm - Dual panes ru... sooo many panes... my God, it's full of tabs... o_O.  I know this one has been mentioned, but I gotta add my two cents and say the possibilities for 4 panes each with their own tree view is pretty darn impressive, but I got lost in it.  Maybe one day I'll take a deep breath and try again.  It's still installed, so that's saying something.  

MuCommander - Dual panes... written in Java. :\  Sorry, not much to say about that one either.

So, that's about all I got, I don't think I'll be 100% happy with any one file manager until I find a one-to-one clone of Xplorer² for Linux.  Until then, Thunar is pretty useful as it is, DoubleCommander is almost there, and maybe Xfe will one day hit the sweet spot.
356  Other Software / Developer's Corner / PMOG: The story behind the rise and fall of GameLayers, Inc. on: March 17, 2014, 07:51:04 PM
or: How to lose almost everything developing a browser toolbar game and live to tell about it. 

I played PMOG a bit during it's heyday, and I must say it was pretty fun at times, when you would run into a fellow PMOG'r on a random website, or go to some obscure blog and get mined, or find some cool new website while completing a Mission.  It added a new dimension to your surfing, made it more engaging and random than simply clicking on the next link like a monkey hitting the biscuit lever.  I was sad to see it go, and now a bit wiser having read the behind-the-scenes cautionary tale.

A Story of GameLayers, Inc.
Making online social games 2007-2009
by Justin Hall

Between 2007 and 2009 GameLayers made a multiplayer game across all the content of the internet.

I was the CEO of GameLayers and one of three co-founders. Here I'll share lessons and data from this online social game startup. This Story of GameLayers covers prototyping, fund raising, company building, strategic shifting, winding down and moving on.

from Umm... I forget
357  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lazarus 1.2 released on: March 17, 2014, 01:17:18 AM
Good point, thanks mwb.
IIRC, those issues are mainly concerning Windows, and I've been seeing around the 'net advice to stick with 32-bit programming for most common app development unless you need 64-bit for the numerical precision or memory handling. 
I do everything on Linux nowadays, though I have run into add-ons that had issues with 64-bit, most notably the BGRABitmap library, which has been fixed in the development branch.
358  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Lazarus 1.2 released on: March 16, 2014, 11:43:52 PM
Finally after 2 release candidates, the fateful day came on March 4th (I was a little *ahem* late to the news).

The Lazarus team is glad to announce the release of Lazarus 1.2.



Release notes:

For those still skeptical, I and many others have found Lazarus to be a very capable IDE for ObjectPascal development, and yes Pascal is still a viable programming language (Delphi/ObjectPascal #15 at TIOBE!).  The only things I find really lacking (besides popularity) are good bindings for some common C++ libraries.  We're hard at work at it though, come join us!  

359  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 16, 2014, 09:16:16 PM
What Jurassic Park would look like if the raptors were cats.  Grin

LOL!!! Awesome!! Grin
360  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: February 27, 2014, 08:16:24 PM
Tooting my own horn here, nothing to get excited about:  embarassed
361  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: February 26, 2014, 12:08:22 AM
TED is not a cornucopia of ideas, solutions, or answers to all the worlds questions, it's just people talking.

Exactly.  Why it's upheld as a forum for exactly that (the cornucopia thing) is more and more beyond me.

But they're just stories.  Take what you can use, and discard the rest

I did, but I was bugged by the nagging feeling that it shouldn't be so.  The way TED talks were constantly being extolled, i felt as if I should be slack-jawed in awe of these near-immortals who can blow my mind with paradigm-shifting plans to feed the world, travel to other planets and optimize bubble-sort algorithms, and sing loudly the praises of the organization who discovered these pioneering hyper-humans and trotted them out on a stage for my adoration.  But I wasn't, and I'm not.  I found a few of them interesting, but certainly not life-changing, mind-blowing, or anything else.  

Maybe I'm making more out of this thing than it deserves, but I posted because I was just a little tickled to find I wasn't alone in my sentiment.
That's all, really. embarassed
362  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: February 25, 2014, 10:16:38 PM
Don't get me wrong - I think the basic intent of TED is/was a good one, and I have seen some I like, but the most poignant line from the first Onion talk is the most applicable to my current opinion of TED as a whole:
"I'll be your visionary, and you do the things I come up with."

363  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Against TED talks on: February 25, 2014, 12:28:05 AM
I've had a nagging suspicion for a while now that TED talks were becoming more and more like video representations of snake oil shows or SCIgen papers, but I always felt I was alone in this regard.  All the cool kids were into TED, and the water cooler conversations always seemed to include the sentence "... so I heard this one thing in a TED talk...", so what was wrong with me?

Turns out, I'm not as alone as I thought.

Nathan Jurgenson at The New Inquiry (not one of my regular hangouts...) has written a pretty good summation of what I've been feeling all along.
TED attempts to present itself as fresh, cutting edge, and outside the box but often fails to deliver. It’s become the Urban Outfitters of the ideas world, finding “cool” concepts suitable for being packaged and sold to the masses, thereby extinguishing the “cool” in the process. Cutting-edge ideas not carrying the Apple-esque branding are difficult to find.

In case you haven't noticed, the phenomenon is endemic enough to warrant it's own Onion parody series, and comedian Sam Hyde even crashed the party back in October '13, with predictably hilarious results:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yFhR1fKWG0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yFhR1fKWG0</a>

I'll give them this though, the folks at TED have taken the jabs with grace, and even offered their own tips based on the, *ahem*, advice subtley gleaned from the ensuing jocundity: http://blog.ted.com/2013/...kers-can-learn-from-them/
DED Talks. High TED Talks. Onion Talks. Here in the TED office, you will often hear chuckles as someone watches one of the quickly growing crop of TED spoofs floating in the ether. And surprisingly, there are some pretty good lessons for speakers embedded in these spoofs.

So, what say you?  Am I still alone?  Does TED tickle your futurist gland?  or leave you facepalming at all the nulla substantia?
Or, if you'd rather have your Ulnar nerve percussed, make up your own TED talk! -> http://www.vanityfair.com...ed-conference-talks-humor  
The art of faux profundity:
9 Easy steps to your own audience-flattering TED talk

from an IRC conversation. Come on in! Lots of happenin' convo!
364  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cute jokes' thread on: February 24, 2014, 11:44:06 PM
A certain old cat had made his home in the alley behind Gabe's bar for some time, subsisting on scraps and occasional handouts from the bartender. One evening, emboldened by hunger, the feline attempted to follow Gabe through the back door. Regrettably, only the his body had made it through when the door slammed shut, severing the cat's tail at its base. This proved too much for the old creature, who looked sadly at Gabe and expired on the spot. Gabe put the carcass back out in the alley and went back to business.
The mandatory closing time arrived and Gabe was in the process of locking up after the last customers had gone. Approaching the back door he was startled to see an apparition of the old cat mournfully holding its severed tail out, silently pleading for Gabe to put the tail back on its corpse so that it could go on to the kitty afterworld complete.
Gabe shook his head sadly and said to the ghost, "I can't. You know the law -- no retailing spirits after 2:00 AM."

365  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What Google Plus is all about on: February 18, 2014, 01:23:05 AM
Plus is now so important to Google that the company requires people to sign up to use some Google services, like commenting on YouTube. The push is being done so forcefully that it has alienated some users and raised privacy and antitrust concerns, including at the Federal Trade Commission.
and this:
“It’s about you showing up at Google and having a consistent experience across products so they feel like one product, and that makes your experiences with every Google product better,” Mr. Horowitz said.
are the reasons I don't.
Mr. Horowitz, quit blowing smoke up my butt and telling me it's sunshine.  mad
366  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / For Valentine's day: Creepy vintage Valentine's day cards on: February 14, 2014, 07:12:56 AM
I don't normally like Buzzfeed, but they nailed it on this one:

27 Weird And Creepy Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards

from somebody's Facebook post
367  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / The TTY demystified on: February 14, 2014, 01:10:12 AM
Hmmm... I always wondered why an ancient technology is still an essential part of how Unix-like operating systems communicate internally between user and software.  Now I know the 'why', but I got the how as a pretty sweet bonus.  Thmbsup

Though I found the article easy to read and digest, I must say it's not quite n00b reading material, but neither is it restricted to brain rockets.  Enjoy:

The TTY subsystem is central to the design of Linux, and UNIX in general. Unfortunately, its importance is often overlooked, and it is difficult to find good introductory articles about it. I believe that a basic understanding of TTYs in Linux is essential for the developer and the advanced user.

Beware, though: What you are about to see is not particularly elegant...

from HackADay
368  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PowerPro development to cease this month on: February 09, 2014, 01:57:08 PM
Wow, they should rename this application "Energizer Bunny".  Grin

... or, Duracell Bunny, for those across the pond.  Wink
369  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: tip: check your mouse before going to red alert. on: February 08, 2014, 05:05:12 PM
And if Logitech is no help, you can snap up the standard OMRON D2FC-F-7N Microswitches from just about anywhere.  A little tinkering and solder smoke, and Voilà! New mouse!

Some people have opened up the switch and re-bent the leaf-spring contact inside.  Not a good idea in my opinion.  If you know anything at all about bending thin pieces of metal, you know it'll never be full strength again, but YMMV.
370  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Continuing with XP on: February 06, 2014, 09:19:38 PM
All I have to add is my support for some advice that's already been given:
  • Linux + XP in a VM is not going to be fun on a netbook with 2 GB RAM.
  • Windows 7 is not that much of a jump from XP... she may even find it nicer.
  • Windows XP won't simply "die" on April 8.  Just keep some backup copies of the service packs should you ever need to re-install and you ought to be OK for several years more.
Eventually, she'll have to upgrade or switch as the software world moves on, but really there are so many ways to make the transition easy enough that biting the bullet won't hurt as much as it might seem.  And if Linux is a viable alternative, you've got plenty of folks here ready and willing to help.  I know I'm in...  Thmbsup
371  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone: Choosing between tiny DIY computer kits on: February 05, 2014, 07:45:13 PM
and some of these should not be confused with compact PC's, ie the RPI/BeagleBone/etc are more like dev platforms than PC's and provide access to a range of peripherals not normally accessible from a 'normal' PC, while CuBox appears to be 'just' a compact PC

Good point, and here's another compact PC I just stumbled across, x86 based so you can install Windows on it:
Thanks for posting about CuBox, 40hz.  Yet another thing on my "What I wouldn't do for a chance to install Debian on THAT" list. Grin

but why? huh  

Hehe, if you only knew... Grin
I've installed (and even used) more operating systems than I can remember (not talking about Linux distros, but actual OSs), and every time I happen across any esoteric computing platform, my first thought is whether I can install Debian Linux on it.  I don't know exactly why, but it probably has a lot to do with Debian being my favorite Linux, and the fact that Debian (officially) supports 11 different architectures: https://www.debian.org/re...able/i386/ch02s01.html.en
372  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Koding.com and the great 100TB giveaway on: February 05, 2014, 07:36:49 PM
Don't worry, no offense taken.  Wink
I totally understand your decision, I was just stating reasons for mine, and I totally agree that if it gets the job done, use it.  Still, it seems like Pascal has really lost the limelight in the last 10 years, when it used to be just as respected as any.  I'll keep using it for now, and leave it when it doesn't work any more, or something just as easy to understand and use comes along (and trust me, I've tried LOTS...).
373  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone: Choosing between tiny DIY computer kits on: February 05, 2014, 07:19:12 PM
The Arduino is a completely different beast than the Raspberry Pi and it's ilk, which should shape your choice from the beginning.  Don't use an Arduino for something that needs an embedded computing platform, and don't use a RPi if all you need to do can be accomplished with programmable logic.

Everything after that comes down to the cost/benefit ratio; what do you need to do, and how much is the device that can do it going to cost.

Thanks for posting about CuBox, 40hz.  Yet another thing on my "What I wouldn't do for a chance to install Debian on THAT" list. Grin
374  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Koding.com and the great 100TB giveaway on: February 05, 2014, 12:46:54 AM
Like I've said before, use what works for you.  I like Pascal because I can grokw it. 
I've said this so many times now, I'm tempted to make it my new sig:
With most programming languages, I feel like I'm being forced to do math.  I hate math.  With Pascal, I feel like I'm writing poetry.  Thmbsup
375  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 04, 2014, 01:21:11 AM
Five reasons I'd rather run Windows 8 than Linux  ZDNet

That article is so chock-full of trollbait, it should have been sent trip-trapping over a bridge.  The author even says as much ("Prove me right."). 
Seems like it never fails that when the Windows vs. Linux rant fests begin, all manner of facts, lies, damn lies, generalities, opinions, assumptions, straw men, and ad hominems ALL get loaded in the troll-cannons at once and fired with complete impunity and disregard for public safety by both parties.  I was sick of it years ago, and I'm sick of it now.

Repeat after me: Use What Works For YOU.  Period.
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