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351  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The H - one of the best sites for tech and FOSS info says "bye-bye" on: July 25, 2013, 01:13:52 AM
Damn, just... damn.  Sad
352  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Build Your Own Linux Supercomputer With $99 Board on: July 24, 2013, 11:36:56 PM
Thanks for reporting that Tinman, I posted about the Parallella project earlier this year, and was wondering when the darn things would get out the door.

To clarify, this thing isn't the supercomputer-on-a-board it's touted to be, but a platform for learning parallel programming, which is where the future needs to go as CPUs keep getting smaller and smaller with more and more cores. See the other thread for more details.

Thanks, TM57!  Thmbsup
353  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 24, 2013, 11:07:30 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRyYqONTZs0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRyYqONTZs0</a>

 Grin Grin Grin
354  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why you should avoid using social media on: July 20, 2013, 02:55:39 PM
I just posted about the security sign because it's a very effective "visual deterrent"; any thief would think twice unless they somehow knew beforehand it wasn't genuine.  The article also mentions that thieves won't touch a house that dogs obviously live at.  I leave a couple dog toys in the front yard to "remind" them.

355  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: Easy Screencast Recorder - NANY 2013 Entry on: July 20, 2013, 02:23:08 PM
Wow, finally some PLAIN LANGUAGE about video codecs, containers and mux/demux.  This has eluded me for a loooong time.
Thanks Vurbal!  Thmbsup
356  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why you should avoid using social media on: July 18, 2013, 02:03:24 AM
1- Non-public Facebook profile: Check
2- Dog owner: Check
3- Fake security system sign in front yard: Check
357  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HBO Asks Google to Take Down “Infringing” VLC Media Player on: July 17, 2013, 11:51:19 PM
I got a DMCA takedown notice because some xplorer2 icons I had posted on Mediafire had the filename "xplorer2.zip".
Nikos was very understanding, but said as much; it was a dolphin caught in the tuna net, and there wasn't much he could do after the fact. 
Result: I still had to take the files down, but then I uploaded under a different filename and all is well.
358  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Feds asked to avoid DEF CON this year on: July 17, 2013, 12:07:40 AM
OR... you could just show up as yourself and get the freekin' party started:

General Keith Alexander, the Director of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and Commander of the United States Cyber Command, is to be a keynote speaker at this year's Black Hat conference.
* Edvard gets some popcorn and a lawn chair
359  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 16, 2013, 11:58:19 PM
A hazardous serum that turns people into zombies, the product of a failed military experiment to create super soldiers, is accidentally released and infects a group of friends when they eat ice cream that has come in contact with the serum.
Sponsored by Edy's Slow Churned Ice Cream...LOL! (I am serious!)

Sounds like a nod to the 1985 movie "The Stuff"

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE6Z1nBqLwo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE6Z1nBqLwo</a>
360  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / A 360TB disc that holds data for more than 1 million years? on: July 13, 2013, 04:00:38 PM
Say it's so, c|net, please say it is...

In the future, we might be able to save our history to a glass storage medium that could potentially outlive humankind. The new type of memory also touts mind-blowing specifications, such as 360TB per disc data capacity and the ability to withstand extreme temperatures up to 1,832 Fahrenheit.

They're calling it the "real-world version of Superman's 'Memory Crystals'".

The geek porn (PDF whitepaper) here:

... and more from the website here:

Or search for "Superman Memory Crystals"; it's all over the web this week.  Thmbsup

361  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Proof that DuckDuckGo is the coolest search engine... on: July 13, 2013, 01:51:55 AM
HAHAHAHAHA!!  Grin Grin Grin
362  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PRISM Break ;) on: July 13, 2013, 01:42:15 AM
Beat ya to it, buddy!  Grin

363  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 09, 2013, 11:43:20 PM
^^ very cute  Thmbsup

This however, is simply mesmerizing:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=747hJQNJpeg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=747hJQNJpeg</a>

364  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your thoughts wanted: The right way to honor the passing of a DC forum member on: July 08, 2013, 09:57:47 PM
Alternatively, a small badge (perhaps an infinity symbol or Hex63 of the I Ching ("After Completion") to indicate the person has passed on, plus disabling further personal messages on the account and deleting any other contact information would be the easiest and best thing to do? That way anybody who was curious about the person after reading their posts would learn he or she is no longer with us.

Actually, my first thought was that some sort of indication should be made on their profile; thanks for thinking alike, 40Hz  Thmbsup ...and great ideas too.  
I know there are online spaces where you can store your logins and passwords and a few pre-written emails to be released on notification of your passing, so I'm thinking something along the lines of a "final post" stored in profile-space that's only unlocked when the "time comes" might be a good idea, but may not be practical with the forum software.

A memorial section in the forum would not be out of line.
Only thing I've ever seen done is along the lines of what OP has already accomplished. I'm not really sure a dedicated Obit section is really needed. It's too much the constant reminder, and a bit dark (as in tends to dampen mood).

Ah, differences of opinion... I did ask for thoughts after all.  embarassed
After thinking about it a bit, I'm kinda shying away from the idea of a dedicated memorial section as I agree it might creep some people out, but then again in certain cultures, funerals can be quite the party, as it's a celebration of the departed moving on to a better place, and a reminder to the living to do what little livin' they may have left.

So, my vote goes with a wisely-worded mention here in Living Room, with some indication in their profile of their passing and a link to the relevant post.  May be especially nice if immediate family/friends could be passed the link as well.

P.S. I just had a thought: Some folks just might be thinking, "Well, maybe this is really too much to get worked up about.  This IS just a software forum, for  cryin' out loud, people come and go all the time."  Well... yes... sorta, but for those that have been around here for long enough, it becomes obvious that under the surface, it's a little more than "just a software forum".  Many of us here have come to know each other almost like extended family, or intimate pen-pals at the very least, and the passing of one of our own can carry the same weight of pain and sadness that the death of a close friend or relative can.  So to honor the memory of their contributions to the life of this site and the relationships we all forged together is entirely appropriate and worth a little effort, if only to aid the process of grieving and closure.  Personally, I'd like that.
365  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: Dock should not 'land grab' on: July 08, 2013, 07:19:26 AM
Or is he talking about a second monitor?  I've seen this happen before where a dock on one screen (across top or bottom)  reserves dock space across the other monitor as well, so running an application in fullscreen mode on another monitor doesn't get the full display.
366  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Your thoughts wanted: The right way to honor the passing of a DC forum member on: July 07, 2013, 11:53:04 PM
Tonight I just learned of the passing of longtime DC member Thunder7.  I had been thinking of his huge posts of interesting links that just kind of stopped one day, and wondered what had begotten of him.  I found his Deviantart page (http://thunder7.deviantart.com/) and discovered a post from one of his friends anouncing that he had passed away a year and a half ago:
~Priori-Incantartem Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just wanted to let everyone on here Know that Paul "Thunder 7" has passed away. I believe he passed on Dec. 25 2011. I hadn't been on here in so long I didn't realize no one knew.
 There was also a link to his obituary here: http://lacrossetribune.co...e1-ba2f-0019bb2963f4.html but it seemed to say so little about the man who was (as we all are in our own way) a unique and interesting individual.

After speaking with Mouser on IRC about it, the question came up about how to best honor our fallen comrade, the best way to approach the subject on the forum, and whether it might be a good idea to make a special place to announce such things in the future.  
Your thoughts and opinions on this matter are hereby humbly requested.

Rest In Peace, Thunder7.

367  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Prism Break on: July 01, 2013, 11:11:23 PM
I've been searching around the OpenDNS blog and website for clues, and I get their newsletters in the email, but haven't found anything directly related to PRISM or sundry.  One thing they do offer that's security-conscious is DNS encryption via their open-source DNSCrypt tool, which (IMO) gives them a shuffle over to the good guys side.  Maybe we'll see a position post from them in the near future, I don't know.  Until then I'll be keeping an eye out for any outside reports.

Also, if anyone here is using StartPage for searching, you may have noticed their announcement of an encrypted email service they are calling StartMail.  I've signed up as a beta tester and now you can too:

Check it out here -> https://www.startmail.com

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

(p.s. It's not going to be free, but as f0dder and others have said; if it's free, you're not the customer, you're the product)
368  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Remove empty lines on: July 01, 2013, 02:05:46 AM
Download this:

Put it in somewhere in your %PATH%, unless the installer does it for you (haven't tested).

Then do this:
[copy or print]
sed -i '/^$/d' filewithblanklines.txt

With a little registry magic, you can even add it as a context menu item.  Look here:

My registry knowledge is a bit rusty, or else I'd tell you exactly how with a .reg file so it only opens up when you right-click TXT files.
Any takers?
369  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Raspberry Pi portable game console on: June 29, 2013, 03:29:59 AM
From the fun-with-fruit department:

We usually only find out about cool Raspberry Pi projects after they’ve already been built. This time, we get to watch hacker extraordinaire Ben Heckendorn of The Ben Heck Show take us through the trials and tribulations of building a portable gaming console powered by the mini-computer.

from umm... the internet?
370  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Prism Break on: June 29, 2013, 03:18:13 AM
Quite the hullabaloo over this PRISM stuff, eh?

In case you're interested (and those who are probably already know much of this), a new website has started up which lists alternatives to your favorite browsers, social media, etc.  Most I knew about already, many I didn't.  A bit biased towards the GNU/Linux/BSD crowd, but then again, ain't it always?

Opt out of PRISM, the NSA’s global data surveillance program. Stop reporting your online activities to the American government with these free alternatives to proprietary software.

from somewhere interesting...
371  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Window Managers and Terminals for *NIX on: June 29, 2013, 03:04:58 AM
Been using Xfce since the 2.something days.  Something about it, I keep coming back to.
Never got into tiling window managers.  I can see the attractiveness, but it just never clicked with me.  I tried i3, as you suggested in IRC, but it's the same with that as other TWM's.  Too long with floating windows, I guess, though I appreciate i3's ability to toggle floating windows.

My go-to terminal is the standard Xfce4-terminal just because it's there whenever I install Xfce, though I have used LXTerm with OpenBox, which is very nice.  On boxes that have to be minimal, I go with Urxvt.  I've heard a lot of good things about Terminator, though I haven't tried it.
372  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Non-Notepad(MS) Thread! on: June 28, 2013, 08:39:27 PM
Didn't know that, thanks.  Thmbsup

Although I rarely use Windows personally, and the Windows computers I have to use belong to the DoD (relax, I just do printing), so installing useful software is quite the no-no.  undecided
373  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Non-Notepad(MS) Thread! on: June 27, 2013, 10:25:29 PM
Yay, another "my favorite editor" thread.

No forum is complete without one...  Wink

GNU nano, anyone?
(For edits aside coding stuff, like config files.)

I LOVE nano.  It's my go-to terminal text editor (previously stuck on Midnight Commander's built-in editor).

For Windows, I'll vote for either Notepad2 or Editor2 which comes bundled with Xplorer2.  The version bundled with Xplorer2 Lite is not unicode-capable, but the one in Xplorer2 Pro is.  If you're so inclined, you can download the Pro trial and copy out the Editor2 executable.  AFAIK, it doesn't need to be registered.  For some reason, I feel that's cheating, but to each his own...

So... what makes it special?  (from the editor2.txt file):

So what else is in it for the standalone user?

* MULTITHREADED SDI. This technicality means that multiple instances of the editor can be open at the same time with minimum impact on your system resources. You can open new windows or clone the same file in multiple windows. By default Editor2 runs in a single instance mode too, unless the new /P command line option is specified (see below).

* SEARCH AND REPLACE WITH BINARY CHARACTERS. The search and replace dialogs can now accept "binary" characters like tabs and linefeeds. You either select them from those predefined or type them in yourself in the format $xx, where xx is the hexadecimal byte number you want inserted (e.g. return = $0D). If you want a single $ just escape it with $$.

* NEW COMMAND LINE ARGUMENTS. /L:nn will load a document and jump directly to line # nn. /P forces a separate process — by default Editor2 runs in single instance mode. You don't really have any incentive to force non-single instance since the memory usage gets worse with each new window. But it is there nevertheless. So the overall command line is (all arguments optional):
   Editor2 /S:<name> /V /E /L:nn /P <filename>

* DUAL BOOKMARK. The single bookmark with <Ctrl+F8> was good but not good enough for jumping between 2 spots. Now the store bookmark command will remember the 2 latest bookmarked positions and <F8> will cycle among them. Very neat. <Shift+F8> will extend the selection.

* FIND ALL. The find dialog has an option to find all occurences of the searched string. These are hilighted in one stroke for all the text. There's a command to cancel the hilighting too.

* CHARACTER CASE CHANGE. Changes the selection to uppercase or lowercase, see Edit menu.

* EXTERNAL VIEWER. This is configurable from the options dialog. Hitting <F12> saves the document and opens it in the specified external viewer (e.g. for previewing the HTML you are typing). Note that in general you need the full path to the external viewer and if it contains spaces you should enclose it in "quotation marks".

You will have noticed that all these new features and some others (escapable I/O, autocompleting combo boxes and other subtle usability improvements) have increased the pork in Editor2 whose size leapt to just under the 100KB barrier. But it's pounds well spent, I say! Enjoy!
374  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 26, 2013, 07:21:47 AM
This may be a bit old, but the Aussies among us may well recognize this.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43lBiJIzEPk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43lBiJIzEPk</a>

Great satirical example of "spin control".
375  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beware the vaportini on: June 25, 2013, 01:05:10 AM
OOoooohh man, high-proof alcohol and an open flame, not a good combination:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAKSzO95R9I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAKSzO95R9I</a>

"... and there's no calories!!"

Somebody didn't pass high school physics...
(yes, I know the difference between food calories and gram calories, but still...)
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