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51 Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: PasteQuick - yet another pastebin app on: January 09, 2015, 12:05:48 AM
How do you build from source?

Do you use lazbuild?

Yes, the one thing about Lazarus source is that you need to have a working copy of Lazarus to build with.  I think the devs were working on making it so you only have to download FreePascal, the LCL and Lazbuild, but I don't know how far that got.
As far as building with Lazarus, just open pastequick.lpi with Lazarus, it will ask if you want to load the project (say yes) and hit the compile button.
Or lazbuild pastequick.lpi works too.

There are no 64-bit binaries (Win64) for download that I could find.

Nope.  But I can put some up as soon as I can.  I figured 32-bit binaries for both Windows and Linux would be more universal, and people could build their own with Lazarus if they wanted/needed other options.
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: January 07, 2015, 08:18:15 PM
Naughty Number Nine - one of the best pieces (and there were many good ones) by Bob Dorough for the Schoolhouse Rock educational cartoon series. IMHO this is one of the best old-style blues numbers ever.

Heartily agree!  Thmbsup
Such memories...
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: January 05, 2015, 10:48:22 PM
Yeah, that one.  And I didn't know that.  And Monsieur Reeves still dropped those lines like a dead fish, regardless.

Y'know, I liked him in "Prince of Pennsylvania", "River's Edge" and yes, I liked him in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure", forgot he was even in "Dangerous Liaisons" and "Dracula", never saw another  movie he was in besides "My Own Private Idaho"  (NO, I haven't seen "The Matrix"... because reasons).  He seemed to have so much charisma playing lower-key characters but when he is cast for lead roles, I dunno, something just goes... missing.  It's like if the movie is good, it's in spite of him.

Sorry.  Keanu rant over.  Haven't seen any other movies lately.
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: January 05, 2015, 07:31:05 PM
Torture porn?  You mean when the talent tries to read their lines like it's Macbeth?   I hate it when that happens.  smiley

UGH!! Like "Canoe" did in "My Private Idaho"?  Gag. And gag again.

No, I'm talking about films like the "Saw" and "Hostel" series, "Martyrs", that sort of thing.  I've never seen them, but they've been mentioned enough that I know I won't be anytime soon.  But yeah, read "In the Penal Colony" and imagine what that would look like on the big screen, stretched to modern movie run-times (what's the average now, 2 hours? 2 and a half? Jeez...) and look up the word "disquieting".
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: January 04, 2015, 09:37:36 PM
I pray nobody in Hollywood gets a wild hair to start cinematizing Kafka.

@Edvard - Too late!



As good (or bad) as those films may be, at least The Trial was ripe for it, there was definite beginning, middle and end.  Though as with almost ALL Kafka, you don't really know if it's the end or not, and the middle is like watching your fingers getting pinched in a vice one. quarter. turn. at. a. time.  
I'm talking about his shorter, possibly more existential stuff, like In the Penal Colony (actually, that one could be made into one of those "torture porn" movies so popular lately), Josephine the Singer, or (shudders) The Burrow.  When I first discovered Kafka, I immediately grasped what he was doing.  You didn't want to read it, because it was so long and drawn-out and tortuous to simply turn the page, but you did, and you kept doing it even though it was no less tortuous than the last 5 pages, because dammit, it HAD TO END SOMEHOW...

Yeah, I can see DreamWorks making The Burrow as a 3-hour epic of a cute CGI rodent constantly improving his burrow with the background hum getting louder.  And louder.  And louder.  And louder.  And...
"Lying in my heap of Earth I can naturally dream of all sorts of things, even of an understanding with the beast, though I know well enough that no such thing can happen, and at the moment when we see each other, more, at that instant we merely guess at each other's presence, we shall both blindly bare our claws and teeth, neither of us a second before or after the other, both of us filled with a new and different hunger, even if we should already be gorged to bursting."

"But all remained unchanged."

On second thought, no.  Dear God, no.

P.S. you missed this one:
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56  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: How to receive donations for my software in Ukraine (without PayPal)? on: January 04, 2015, 09:02:25 PM
Apparently, PayPal and eBay are not cluing anybody in as to why, but I found this:
Comment #5:
I think it is not PayPal who caused this, but an outdated but still active Ukrainian law (14.10.2004 N 485 ) which forbids Residents (resident: citizens and immigrants) of Ukraine to have financial or other value based accounts opened out of country borders. So you cannot have a "money account" on your "Paypal account".

There is a petition on, but I don't know how effective those things are.разрешите-получать-деньги-через-paypal-украина-paypal

That first comment is NOT going to help the cause:
Владимир Дзюбинский Одесса, UKRAINE
PP is great - we NEED it to be able to buy drugs and arms safely in Mexico and then transfer it to Ukraine via. submarines, without the risk of being busted by cops.

I have heard that there are businesses over the border that can receive PayPal payments on your behalf, and then deposit to your account, but I can't possibly recommend one over another, or vouch for the safety of such a thing.
57 Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: PasteQuick - yet another pastebin app on: January 04, 2015, 02:00:36 AM
Downloads are up! Come and get it!
58 Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: PasteQuick - yet another pastebin app on: January 02, 2015, 12:46:08 AM
Woops... got your screenie in there.  Grin
Thanks for bringing that to my attention...  embarassed
59 Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / NANY 2015 Release: PasteQuick - yet another pastebin app on: December 31, 2014, 08:55:07 PM
NANY 2015 Entry Information

Application Name PasteQuick
Version 0.4.1
Short Description Minimal Pastebin application
Supported OSes Linux and Windows 32 and 64-bit
Web Page
Download Link
System Requirements
  • Linux or Windows
  • 32 or 64-bit
Version History
  • 0.1.0 - First version: Basic functionality; unreleased
  • 0.2.1 - First release: All features working; released to select testers on IRC
  • 0.2.3 - Bugs fixed and new features added; released to select testers
  • 0.3.1 - Bugs fixed, features added and some things changed; work in progress
  • 0.3.5 - First public beta, all basic features implemented and major bugs fixed.
  • 0.3.9 - Added Drag 'n' Drop, an 'About' box, some appearance tweaks, and bugs fixed
  • 0.4.1 - Added command line option to hide on startup, native window decoration, tweaks and bugfixes
Author http://www.donationcoder.....php?action=profile;u=209

It's a Pastebin app, pure and simple.  A standalone front-end to pasting on  The official Linux Pastebin app wouldn't compile for me, so I decided to make my own, but it soon acquired a life beyond mere pasting.

Written in Pascal and Lazarus IDE.
Easily paste text and code snippets to and get links in return without having to go to the website.
Paste as Guest, or login and paste under your own Username as well.
Stays out of your way: activated by clicking a System Tray icon or Auto-hiding as set in options.

Planned Features
Make "Hide on startup" feature set-able in the configuration file. 0.2.1 and 0.2.3 auto-hide on startup.  0.3.1 does not.
"Recall previous link" or "Link history"; don't know which would be more useful.
Unicode pasting.
Paste & Quit mode (no tray icon, no autohiding)
Hiding & showing the main window via Hotkey.


Simply unzip the file into a location of your choosing, and run the executable.

Using the Application
Once the executable is run, you will see a window and a system tray icon.
Grab the window by the top bar to move it, click the bulls-eye button to hide it.
Left-click the tray icon to toggle the window hidden or showing.

Type or paste something in to the main window, set the options, and hit 'Send'.
Your text is pasted on, the link is copied to your clipboard, and the window auto-hides if you have it set to do so.
If you will be doing a lot of pastes with the same options, you can hit "Set as Default" and it will remember your settings.

Right-click the system tray icon.  The menu has "Quit", "Login", "Auto-hide" and "Hide window".
Click "Quit" to quit the program.
Click "Login" to enter your username and password. This allows you to un-check "Paste as Guest"
Check "Auto-hide" to make the window Auto-hide after every paste, un-check if you don't want that behavior.
Click "Hide window" to, well, hide the window.  That's there for the right-click addicts; you know who you are...

Simply erase the folder that contains the executable, and erase the configuration file at C:\Users\you\AppData\local\pastequick on Windows, or /home/you/.config/pastequick.cfg on Linux.

Don't bet on horses.
See "Using the Application" above.

Known Issues
Only the ones you tell me about! smiley
If you find a bug, file a report at  I appreciate feedback and feature suggestions, so give me a piece of your mind here or hop on the #DonationCoder official IRC channel on Freenode and let me know what you think.  Also, if anybody has experience with using Lazarus on OS X, I'd love to have you test compiling for that platform.
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: December 25, 2014, 11:26:12 PM


 Grin Grin Grin
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: December 25, 2014, 10:59:04 PM
If you've used Linux in any serious capacity, you'll get it:

62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: December 25, 2014, 10:41:19 PM
I was telling my friends a TCP joke the other day; I had to keep repeating it slower and slower until they got it.
Grin Grin Grin
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 17, 2014, 12:12:06 AM
RE: Phillip K. Dick...
I went through a phase where I devoured everything he did that I could find.  Imagine my surprise when I caught wind that Disney got the rights to produce an animated version of "King of the Elves".  I thoroughly enjoyed the story as a "man completely loses touch with reality -> LOL PLOT TWIST" type of short read.  I think it would do MUCH better live-acted, but I don't have an empire built on an animated rodent, so what do I know? [attach=1]

Anyways, I love a good PKD read, the films hit or miss, and I pray nobody in Hollywood gets a wild hair to start cinematizing Kafka.   ohmy
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 16, 2014, 11:54:49 PM
Well, just came from a pre-release showing of 'The Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies'.  


Though I long ago abandoned any hope that Peter Jackson and company would follow the books in any semblance of exactivity (and who's to say the movies would have been better for it if they had?), but I was not disappointed.  If you're a Tolkien fan and have already seen the others, don't miss this one, it's just as good (or, if you're not a fan, just as bad) as the previous installments. 'Nuff said.

Not in 3D, but it was free because my son's orthodontist does a "customer appreciation" event every year where he rents out the entire theater and only customers/patients and family can go to see the latest hit.  Call me a cheap date if you will, but hey, I got to go to a movie with my wife (looooong overdue), and my son thoroughly enjoyed it.
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 15, 2014, 09:33:12 PM

I'm also observing that those who claim to hear things that I can't are also more *superstitious* than I am as well.

At least you were polite enough not to mention their webbed feet. Grin

hehe... Lately I've taken to omitting the tone control altogether, and swapping the volume for a 3-position switch with resistor networks for full-on, 77% (give or take...), and full-off because I've noticed that playing style and amplifier choice have more to do with tone than anything capacitative in the guitar.   I've played awful guitars through amazing amps and was convinced I was a guitar god.  I've played amazing guitars through awful amps and thought the action was too high and the pickups weak.  At the moment I play a Squier Stratocaster upgraded to better hardware and custom pickup configuration, playing through a hand-made distortion pedal and Wal-mart bass amp.  I have to say I'm not blown away but totally not disappointed either.  

Also just recently proved to myself that imagination can DEFINITELY color your perception; just yesterday I fired up 'speaker-test' to test what I thought was some degradation in the sound of my stereo and ended up playing with my own head;  
Speaker-test will play white noise for a second through one channel, then another until you kill it.  As it ran, I listened for high frequency sound from the left speaker - lo and behold! the left speaker sounded brighter.  "Damn," I thought, "time to replace the caps in the pre-amp, the right channel's getting dull" but then I listened for the same frequency in the right speaker.  Damned if it didn't suddenly get brighter with more "air" and "definition" than the left speaker.  I slowly smiled to myself and spent the better part of the next ten minutes actively listening for different parts of the spectrum, and sure enough, they'd pop out like gremlins at my whim.  Mind you, I have a very nice stereo amplifier and decent speakers, so the frequencies were there to be heard, but it was amazing to see (hear?) just how much expectations will color your perceptions... frighteningly so, in fact.  

Now, I am quite aware that no amount of imagination is going to turn my '53 Fender Deluxe into a Marshall JCM 900, but at least I am dispelled of any myth that might suggest that putting a vintage Bumblebee cap in my '82 Bullet S-3 is going to turn me into Eric Clapton.
66  Other Software / Developer's Corner / The Grumpy Programmer - great blog by a well-seasoned programmer on: December 14, 2014, 08:43:01 PM
Just found this and lost a few hours of my life basking in the glow of someone who really has "been there, done that".
Programming doesn't have to suck...

from ReadWrite Blog
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Music Identification via Sound Card on: December 08, 2014, 08:15:55 PM
Woops... sorry about that.  Sad
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Code Combat! on: December 05, 2014, 10:49:13 PM
I considered posting this in Developer's Corner, but I think it should live here...

CodeCombat: Learn to Code by Playing a Game
Learn programming with a multiplayer live coding strategy game. You're a wizard, and your spells are JavaScript.

Well, Javascript & Python, with experimental use of Lua, Clojure, and a few others.

I played through a few levels, at first it was a bit boring, as you are limited to directions - 'self.moveRight()', that kind of thing.  But like any good adventure game, you pick up money and items along the way and are shown new programming tricks to access new your new abilities and items to get through the different mazes.  Very good for introducing programming to pre-to-mid-teens who haven't already picked up some javascript...

from TechRepublic - 10 Toys and Games that Teach Coding
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 02, 2014, 09:12:34 PM
One of the (very) few things I've seen on Facebook that actually made me laugh:


70  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute on: December 02, 2014, 08:32:26 PM
240 words per minute?!?! 

Maybe y'all need to ease up a bit:
Because programmers don’t just type out code. The act of engineering software is more than just hammering line after line of software into a computer, like laying bricks.

I wrote about it here:

Geez folks, grab a hammock and code easy...
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi project: wireless file server on: December 02, 2014, 08:25:11 PM
Cubox looks real slick, but it's still a bit ouch-worthy at $140 compared to the Pi's $35.

A little advice: when shopping for a wi-fi adapter for the Pi, there are certain chipsets to avoid. There's a long list here:
but, speaking from experience, avoid anything using the Realtek 8192CU chipset.  
Next time, I'm going to spend a few more bucks and get something with a RT5370 chip (make sure it's genuine).  Inexpensive, fast, and supports Access Point mode.  
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Getting things done? Hey, slow down there, speedy... on: December 02, 2014, 08:06:50 PM
I was browsing CodeProject News and stumbled across this interesting tidbit:

Whether you’re knitting or programming, working faster will only slow you down. Or at least that’s what Jeffrey Ventrella argues. In “The Case for Slow Programming“, the tech author makes the claim that software developers need to slow down if they want to quicker results.

    “Slow down, son. You’ll get the job done faster.” – Jeffrey Ventrella’s father

Interesting little concept, which assures me that when it takes me a full week before I begin to fully grok a new function, I'm doing just fine.
That led me to the source post here:

Jeffrey Ventrella - The Case for Slow Programming
Many of these coders believed in the fallacy that all engineers are fungible, and that no one should be responsible for any particular aspect of the code; any coder should be able to change any part of the code at any time. After all, we have awesome services like github to manage and merge any number of asynchronous contributions from any number of coders. As long as everyone makes frequent commits, and doesn’t break anything, everything will come out just fine.


Nice, well thought out, and he makes his case.  Didn't take all that long to read, neither.
and here: - The Institute of Not Doing Much
Slow Manifesto

There are those who urge us to speed. We resist!

We shall not flag or fail. We shall slow down in the office, and on the roads. We shall slow down with growing confidence when all those around us are in a shrill state of hyperactivity (signifying nothing). We shall defend our state of calm, whatever the cost may be. We shall slow down in the fields and in the streets, we shall slow down in the hills, we shall never surrender!
Grin Thmbsup

Fun reading, and the links are worth a nice at-your-own-pace peruse, but what really nailed me was point #3 of the Manifesto (emphasis mine):

3. Ponder, take your time. Do not be pushed into answering questions. A response is not the same as an answer.

You could have pushed me over with a feather after reading that line.  So much is hanging on response time, that it's no wonder dreams are dying with imaginations restricted to the capabilities of our tools, conversations reduced to disconnected 140-character missives, and yet time is still such a precious commodity.  
So... I can't stand another man-minute; that's it, I'm done.  I'm going to fully enjoy picking and choosing my technology based not on how new it is, how fast it goes, or how productive it promises to make me, but rather how much I enjoy it.
Don't worry, I'm not going to suddenly engage in a lifestyle of frequent naps, but I now have ammunition for defending my position when others insist I "get out of the way"...
Or maybe I'm just getting old... very well then, I aim to enjoy every minute of it.
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A stoned guy renamed some of his favorite items while high... on: December 02, 2014, 02:25:31 AM
I don't know...I kinda like finger pants.

In zie Deutsch, gloves are called "Handschuhe" - Hand Shoes.  embarassed
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 02, 2014, 02:10:29 AM
@40Hz:  I swore off Fender amps since the last one I tried.  Can't remember what it was, but it was loud as hell at less than 100 watts and rang like a gong...  Just like my Gramp's '53 Deluxe (which I still have and give periodic TLC Thmbsup).  Perfect compliment to that Fender guitar tone if that's what you're looking for, but I prefer to think of Fenders as the platform everybody else dove off of.  Yeah, I'm aware that they're all Bassman underneath, but I love the soul that happens when you start tinkering...

My dream amp would be to find a burnt-out Peavey twin cab (lurv the twin sound) for next to nothing, gut it and roll my own two-channel: An AC-30 or Ampeg V2 preamp circuit for the clean channel, and the Lead channel from a Mesa Mark IV for kroonch.  For power, I dunno;  I'm torn between the raw power of 6V6s, smoothness of EL34s, or maybe I'd toss the tubes out and frankenstein in the power section from a Sunn Beta Lead 100 (drool).

Or... if I had a grand or so burning a hole in my wallet, I'd wait until Bugera is allowed to sell Magicians in the states again, if ever.   huh
Look familiar?
[attachthumb=1] [attachthumb=2]
I thought so... and so did Mesa Engineering's lawyers (or so I've heard) deal
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 01, 2014, 09:09:56 PM
The semi/amis all get into the Mesa Boogies or those other $2K+ boutique amps.

HEY, hey, there now!!  I have quite a soft spot for those old Mesas (right around the Mark IIc era) and if I owned one (I was 23 and had to choose between THAT AMP or eating for a week...  I was hungry... sue me.) it would get the hell played out of it, and I'd probably just clone the thing so I could keep beating it up.  
One thing that has confused me for years: The last time I went to a music festival, the Metal stage had 3 amps on it: an Ampeg SVT for the bass players, a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier and a Marshall JCM 900 for the guitarists.  The Dual Recto was the amp of choice for many of the guitarists, but the last time I gave one a go in the music store, it sounded like farting through mud.  What I did wrong I'll never know, but that red stripe Mark III at Al's Guitarville treated me like the guitar hero I always wished I were.


I knew I should've starved, I just knew it...  wallbash
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