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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why are car stereos so flimsy? on: April 05, 2015, 10:23:10 PM
LOL, this is me.  Grin  Sad

52 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Pastebin command-line app for windows on: April 03, 2015, 10:17:40 PM
Good idea.  Coding now...
53 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Pastebin command-line app for windows on: April 03, 2015, 09:20:43 PM
OK, I can make it an option, or I can hard-code it in.  PM me with your dev key if you'd rather have it hard-coded.
Also, I'm often on the IRC channel; pop in if you'd like to discuss in real-time.  Thmbsup
54 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Pastebin command-line app for windows on: April 03, 2015, 09:11:06 PM
Looking at the pastebin Api it says that the dev key is required to make the posts.

Yes, that is true; what I'm saying is it's nothing more than a Developer tracking thing.  I can hard-code my dev key in there and it won't have any effect on you or other users, and somebody knowing my dev key won't compromise my account; the only reason it is required is to notify Pastebin that something I wrote is hitting their API.  If you prefer to use your own, I can put that in there, just saying it's not something you have to provide.

For User keys, it might make things simpler to continue with Curl for now.  I do have Userkey generation code in the engine, so it wouldn't be much trouble (I think) to put that in later; for now it would be a distraction from the main goal.

Heck while you are at it, maybe add the ability to list the pasts also and return the output xml? Not needed for the initial release and you don't really need to add it as I do this with curl also but I thought I would throw it in also. smiley

Yes, I'd rather save that one for later also, as I don't have code for it at the moment, but it can be done.  I'm thinking eventually having the utility do "modes", like Pasting mode, Userkey generation mode, Paste fetch mode, etc. with each 'mode' having it's own options, and each mode triggered by a 'super-option' passed as the first argument.
55 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Pastebin command-line app for windows on: April 02, 2015, 09:39:09 PM
Something like -paste:"text to paste"
Yep, no problem.  
One question: according to an email conversation I had with a Pastebin dev, the Dev Key is really only needed so they can track the popularity of an app, it's not really for identification.  That's what the User Key is for.  The User Key is easily generated via a Curl POST request, or I could have that as an option of the utility.  Would you like everything specified via command line, or should there be a configuration file for some default values (like User Key)?  Actually, let's save that for later, I just want to get something working out the door...
56 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Pastebin command-line app for windows on: April 02, 2015, 06:50:59 PM
Glad to hear PasteQuick works for you.  I am furiously coding on the command-line tool today, and once that gets your stamp of approval, I'll feel confident integrating that functionality into PasteQuick.  Thanks for the inspiration!
* Edvard returns to coding furiously...

57 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Pastebin command-line app for windows on: April 01, 2015, 08:12:06 PM
I am planning on adding command-line options to my app Pastequick, but that won't be overnight.  You could try it as-is, I've gotten good feedback about it.

*mumbles to self* Perhaps I could just take the engine out and make a command-line tool with it...  
When do you need this?  I might need a few nights...
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: better than textmechanic on: March 30, 2015, 10:07:09 PM
For the first request, not a website, but a command-line tool.

sed (stream editor) is a Unix utility that parses and transforms text, using a simple, compact programming language.

You want a comma-separated list transformed into a vertical list?
[copy or print]
sed 's/, /\n/g' comma_list.txt > vert_list.txt

Sed for windows can be found here:

The combinations of strings will have to be done as a programming exercise.  Eric Lippert, a C# compiler dev for Microsoft, has an interesting, though kinda technical, series on just such a thing which is known as Context-Free Grammar which is important in the design of programming languages.  Don't know if it'll help at all, but I couldn't do any better.
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone getting a Pebble Time? on: March 29, 2015, 05:46:31 PM
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera now supports DuckDuckGo on: March 29, 2015, 03:55:37 PM
Opera is the fastest browser I've tried on Linux without sacrificing usability or features.  Though I never used a whole lot of extensions on other browsers besides ABP and Ghostery, at least those are both available for Opera.  Not having a choice of default search engines was rather disconcerting, so this is good news.
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: March 28, 2015, 03:27:01 AM
Another from (some real gems in there):
How many times...
62 Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: PasteQuick - yet another pastebin app on: March 24, 2015, 10:54:05 PM
!! Mac OSX version !!

Lazarus Forum member Zittergie has contributed a Mac version, and has graciously allowed me to host it on my Sourceforge site.  Grab your copy here:
Test it, and report any bugs.
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Dreams thread... on: March 24, 2015, 07:24:31 PM
I had a dream the other night, that I and the regular #donationcoder IRC denizens were trying to survive in a time that was right on the edge of falling into a 'Post-Apocalyptic' scenario ('Mid-Apocalyptic?').  All we had was a raft of canned goods and some rag-tag assemblies of various floating devices (pool toys, rubber rafts, a half-sunk plastic kayak, etc.) in which we tried to escape the chaos by floating down a river with our stuff.  I remember us yelling at each other a lot, usually to call attention to some floating thing that had a leak.   
64 Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: PasteQuick - yet another pastebin app on: March 21, 2015, 06:40:59 PM
!! New Version - 0.4.1 !!

Lots of new codes and slightly different look.  I abandoned the custom title bar and hide button in favor of native window decorations and hijacking the Close button for hiding the window.

2015 Mar 21: Ver. 0.4.1
-Added '-h' or '-hide' command-line switch to make the window hide on startup, like the old PasteQuick.
-Added a space at the top showing which login you are under. **NOTE: if you have logged in under a previous version of PasteQuick, please do the login process again to show your login name.
-Streamlined a few bits of code.
-Removed panel and hide button; now PasteQuick uses native window decorations.  The Close (X) button will simply hide the window. This also fixed a bug:
-Bugfix: In 32-bit GTK2, moving the window would make it jump all over the place.
-Bugfix: when starting up with login saved, a second "Private" entry would show up in the privacy drop-down menu.

As always:
65 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Wav2txt Using Free Recognition Engine on: March 20, 2015, 01:31:18 AM
VoxForge is an Open Source initiative to collect a corpus of transcribed speech for use acoustic models for speech recognition engines.

Lots of Open Source Speech-to-text engines are available:
CMU Sphinx:
ISIP (Institute for Signal Information Processing)
Julius (the one used by VoxForge)
HTK (Hidden Markov Model ToolKit)

Last year, Mozilla released the WebSpeech HTML API:

 two cents
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: piston and gear design on: March 18, 2015, 06:42:32 PM
Here's the SVG file, if you want to play around with it in Inkscape.  I'm a bit busy at the moment, but if I get some time later, I'll tweak it and re-post.
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: piston and gear design on: March 17, 2015, 08:06:46 PM
Aha, so the piston rod is actually like a rack gear.  OK.  Like so?


(drawn in Inkscape 0.91 with the new "Rack Gear" render function)
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: piston and gear design on: March 17, 2015, 07:14:45 PM
Is the rod attached to the gear offset? (so the piston action turns the gear)  Do you need just an illustration, or an animated thing?  Does it have to be detailed, or can it be simple shapes?
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: my problem with programming on: March 17, 2015, 02:00:25 AM
Mouser's advice stands true; when you finally pick a language to learn based on your needs and preferences, just start with the basics and learn as you go, step by step, and don't try and code something over your ability lest you suffer premature frustration.  Write down your grandiose schemas to try later, definitely, but don't try to climb a mountain when you're still in slippers.  Don't worry though, if you're truly willing to learn, it'll come faster than you think.  Thmbsup
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: my problem with programming on: March 17, 2015, 01:36:01 AM
1) there is no dictionary. there are many terms involved, like functions, actions, commands, events, attributes, properties, etc that make it difficult to follow. is there a complete dictionary for programming?

Well, yes and no.  Programming in general has a certain lexicon which you touch on in your question.  Almost all languages, for example, implement some method of storing information which can be referred to by a simple name; this is called a Variable.  Many languages also implement a method of putting together statements in an easily-referenced sub-routine that can return a result; that is a Function.  There isn't really a lingua franca as such, but maybe this will help some:

Just knowing the terms in the dictionary may not get you very far into actually learning a programming language, but I agree knowing the terms will help to at least know what the heck someone is talking about.  So next time you happen upon a bit of programmorrhea, grab a pen (or notepad.exe), jot down the terms and references you don't understand, then look them up.  If after that you still don't understand, move on or dig deeper.

2) there is no list of all commands. I cant find a list of all the commands that can be used. why there isn't really any?

That depends on what language you are interested in.  EVERY language has its own list of commands somewhere.  A language reference guide in paper or pdf form, official wiki page, help files, all kinds of stuff.  The most basic specific terms and commands are often referred to as Reserved Words; these are the Rosetta Stone of every programming language from which the basic building blocks may be constructed and extended.  When you use these words, you are doing things in the language.  Just be aware that every language has its own list of words which may contain words common with other languages, but mean slightly different things and have different purposes and must be used according to each language's Syntax.  Syntax is each language's own rules for putting these words together in Statements in order to do things.  

3) there is no outline guide. Apart from knowing which commands to use and how, there should be a guide of the whole overview structure of a program/script. like pseudocode. I cannot find instructions of this at all! how am I supposed to start a program? what am I supposed to include and in which order? I am not talking about the particular code exactly, but the overview, if you know what I mean

I get what you are saying, but in practice it seems most people just have a general idea for what they want to do, and are familiar enough with the language to just start hacking.  For the closest thing to a universal method of describing program logic, I would recommend a flowchart.  Learn the logic of flowcharting (each box shape has a definite meaning), and you have much of the same logic a program must go through to accomplish a task.  Apply the specific language's Syntax to the corresponding flowchart nodes and you just may have a working program at the end.  As far as "what am I supposed to include and in which order?" goes, many languages require a statement or two or five that set up a basic environment in which to initiate action.  Pascal has "Begin" and a corresponding "End.", C has "int main()", Python has "def main()", BASH scrips have "#!/bin/bash", that sort of thing.  Some languages require you to define and initialize variables and functions before they are used, some don't.  It is up to you to learn what your chosen language requires, if any.  

Now, down to the real question:  
What is it you want to DO with your soon-to-be-learned programming skill?
Based on what your needs and proclivities are, I can more properly suggest a language to learn and point you to some solid resources to learn it.  Like I said, ALL the information you seek is available, I suspect you may be overwhelmed by the choices and not able to find a general reference.  Nothing wrong with that, it's actually pretty common.  For a while, I flitted from language to language, looking for "the One" to scratch all my itches, but I never ended up learning much either, until I settled on Pascal; It was the only language that I was able to get comfortable with very quickly, even object-oriented stuff, and it's just as powerful as any other.  I'm also taking the CS50 class on EdX, which is slowly but surely teaching me the rudiments of C. Highly recommended.
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, dies aged 66 on: March 16, 2015, 08:39:01 PM
Only 66?  Wow...  Sad
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 15, 2015, 09:33:05 PM
Happy Birthday Nudone! (a bit early, I suppose...) Thanks from me also for contributing the mascot.  I still remember the thread where he was born:

73  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: email account with fastest sign up on: March 15, 2015, 03:56:51 PM
Good luck.  Without any other info besides a username and password, it's going to be hard.  There are really only a handful of free email sites left, and they all (AFAIK) require to know who you really are, to varying degrees.  Unless you have a friend who runs a private email server, I'm not optimistic about your chances.
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: March 14, 2015, 06:18:36 PM
He pays for what he does.  Thmbsup

Seriously, he does ask the artists' permission when doing parodies, and he has to share a negotiated cut.  Those negotiations happen for every song, so...
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: March 13, 2015, 09:43:37 PM
My thoughts?  Listen to "Wild Wild West" by The Escape Club:

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Then listen to "Pump It Up" by Elvis Costello:

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... and tell me who should be suing whom undecided
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