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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CrossLoop – Simple Secure Screen Sharing on: February 02, 2014, 11:49:30 PM
Teamviewer works just fine for me when I have to remote in to my in-laws computer, AND it runs from my Linux workstation (imagine that).  I prefer TigerVNC, but...
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 01, 2014, 06:36:03 PM
(see attachment in previous post)
Untangling the Web.pdf
Thank the NSA for this one. This is the first text file I haven't been able to upload here(38.4MB)

Nice find!
My favorite quote so far (emphasis mine):
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We pay for the benefits of the Internet less in terms of money and more in terms of the currencies of our age: time, energy, and privacy.

Quite true, that...
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: February 01, 2014, 11:41:44 AM
After the Japanese middle school girls singing crushing metal, I had to swing the other direction for a bit.
Ah, CandyRat records, you never fail me...  cheesy

I am not normally a "pianer-lissenin'" type of guy, but this is pretty darn cool.  Very Vince Guaraldi vibe to it, which I like very much.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r75HTbRUGQU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r75HTbRUGQU</a>
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Robot Odyssey - An incredible programming game from 1984 on: January 27, 2014, 11:21:56 PM
Yup, I remember playing it many times (and I still fire up DroidQuest every now and again).  Me and 2 other guys sitting around the Apple ][e... "Dude, put a wire from the camera to the left thruster"  "But what about when it gets to the electric grid?"  "Wrong chip dude, you need NAND for those two bumpers, else you end up going back and forth instead of up".  The day I figured out you could carry other robots inside your robot, I was blown away (yeah, it was in the tutorial, but who has time for that?).  Thmbsup

Also, to add to the Wikipedia articles list of similar games, check out Colobot:

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Colobot (Colonize with Bots) is an educational game aiming to teach
 programming through entertainment. You are playing as an astronaut on a
 journey with robot helpers to find a planet for colonization. It features 3D
 real-time graphics and a C++ and Java-like, object-oriented language, CBOT,
 which can be used to program the robots available in the game.
http://colobot.info
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55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 23, 2014, 11:38:10 PM
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Never freezes? Also not true, although it seldom happens - and can almost always be unfrozen without the need to resort to a hard reboot.

Still happens to me.  About once a month, I come home and the screensaver is frozen.  No mouse response, no Ctrl-Alt-F1, no nothin'.  I suspect it may be the DMA errors my hard drive was throwing my way about 6 months ago, causing random slowdown->window freeze->total lockup glitches.  I have a script that I ran at the first sign of trouble which would write dmesg|tail to another disk every 5 seconds until it came down, and that's how I learned it was DMA errors.  Been keeping Unison backups ever since just in case.   Windows no matter what hardware I was on would do strange things and freeze up every once in a while, but I had no idea how to go about pinning down the issue.
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: January 23, 2014, 11:20:10 PM
Caught myself...

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57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: January 23, 2014, 11:15:39 PM
I'm a metalhead from way back, and I always find it *ahem* interesting what long-haired freaks with waaaay too much volume on their hands will come up with to keep the genre from drying up.  But... ummm...  Dude, whaa???

This just in from our Japan office of the "What is this, I don't even" department:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QbAXXXOJF8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QbAXXXOJF8</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GErGfHjHQ0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GErGfHjHQ0</a>

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot (how did I even get to this part of youtube? Wait, don't answer that...)
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 23, 2014, 09:35:20 PM
True story:
Years ago, my grandfather had cut out some pictures of a vintage (30s era?) Harley-Davidson motorcycle from a magazine and framed them for me when I was quite young (I think I had told him I liked motorcycles at some point in my innocence).  Many years later, I went to transfer the pictures to a different frame as I had need of the original, and discovered the pictures were cut out of an Easy Rider magazine, circa 1960-something, and on the back of the photos was an article on selecting road kill to eat while your biker gang motorcycle enthusiast club was on a road trip.  It was surprisingly good advice on determining freshness, and how to select a suitable site off the side of the road to prepare the bounty.

All I could say was  Cry

Meanwhile, in Montana: http://www.huffingtonpost...ll-montana_n_4020626.html
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / ArsTechnica article on next-gen filesystems: Bitrot and Atomic COWs on: January 20, 2014, 05:21:41 PM
Interesting article delving into why RAID of any stripe (ooh, bad pun) and frequent backups won't always save your bacon, but a 'next-gen' filesystem like ZFS or Btrfs just might (no mention of any new filesystems for Windows).  I jumped into a Btrfs file system about two years ago, and it failed catastrophically about 3 months later.  Granted, it's still in a state of experimental flux and will eventually 'get there', but with all the benefits it promises, I'm hoping that's sooner than later...
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Bitrot and atomic COWs: Inside “next-gen” filesystems
We look at the amazing features in ZFS and btrfs—and why you need them.
...
Let's talk about "bitrot," the silent corruption of data on disk or tape. One at a time, year by year, a random bit here or there gets flipped. If you have a malfunctioning drive or controller—or a loose/faulty cable—a lot of bits might get flipped. Bitrot is a real thing, and it affects you more than you probably realize.
...



from ArsTechnica, of course
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: January 20, 2014, 12:54:52 AM
WTH... it's basically a steel drum without the 50-gallon barrel attached, tuned to what sounds like A Phrygian*  undecided

[EDIT]Wikipedia has more on it's construction, and it's actually a little more complicated than that (but not much), incorporating a corresponding bowl for the bottom with an opening to create Helmholtz resonance, and tuned to (more or less) a D Aeolian (Natural Minor), without the 'G'.

Agree though, it's quite a mesmerizing sound.

61  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: A Field Guide to Procrastinators (humour) on: January 18, 2014, 09:37:35 PM
http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=3850.0
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Net neutrality is dead. Bow to Comcast and Verizon, your overlords (AKA DOOOOOM) on: January 15, 2014, 08:03:52 PM
...AAaanndd from the "let's take it straight to the basement" department, ladies and gentleman I give you the opposing view:

http://www.zdnet.com/i-ho...ead-this-time-7000025167/

 tongue
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: nixCraft: 30 Cool Open Source Software I Discovered in 2013 on: January 13, 2014, 11:21:17 PM
Yeah, I had only heard of 5 things on that entire list.  Much better than yet another re-hash of software we've all been told about a billion times, like LibreOffice, GnuCash or Super TuxKart.  undecided

Back on topic though, InfoWorld has the Bossie awards for 2013, and it's packed with mostly enterprise-level stuff, not a whole lot for the average user, but interesting to know that open-source software is making it's way to the glass tower set:
http://www.infoworld.com/...ource-applications-226975

64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / nixCraft: 30 Cool Open Source Software I Discovered in 2013 on: January 12, 2014, 11:47:01 PM
NixCraft is one of my favorite general Linux "how the heck can I do..." sites, but this post really impressed me.  30 great softwares that you haven't heard of a million times already.  These guys do know how to pick 'em...

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Vivek Gite picks his best open source software of 2013.



from http://www.cyberciti.biz
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animated portraits by Romain Laurent on: January 12, 2014, 07:35:59 PM
Yes, very nice.  The technical term is Cinemagraphw, and was popularized by photographers Kevin Beck and Jamie Burk, as seen on their website: http://cinemagraphs.com/

You can make your own, using Photoshop, Gimp or a Microsoft toy called Cliplets.

Any takers?
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Interesting article on why gamers may become so important for Linux on: January 05, 2014, 11:35:39 PM
I've not only said it for years, but I've seen it almost everywhere I go (to paraphrase): "If only I could play [my favorite game] on Linux, I'd ditch Windows tomorrow".  I've seen it since the mid-2000's (remember all those "The Year of the Linux Desktop?" articles all over the tech blogs before Android showed up?  Yeah, maybe next year...), and now it's cold, hard reality.  So where are all my switchers? 
Still on Windows.
Why?  Because when you can play with your phone every 10 minutes and Windows 8 came pre-installed on your new laptop and SteamOS is going to be on the next console you buy, who has time to mess around with switching to a Linux desktop?
 Angry
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: January 05, 2014, 11:23:59 PM
^^ This.

I prefer Side 1, Part 1 meself.  Excellent soundtrack to the 4 months I spent unemployed trolling the job listings and beefing up my resume with MS software training from the local public library.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_HZguagYdU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_HZguagYdU</a>

Pure edge-of-melancholy bliss.
I always followed this up with something on the complete flip side, like Caspar Brötzmann Massaker:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nGow47xofQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nGow47xofQ</a>

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68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The Dreams thread... on: January 03, 2014, 11:43:07 PM
Dreams... not the "I hope to someday tame a hadrosaur and play Polo with giant robot pandas" kind, but the "I had a strange dream the other night where I tamed a hadrosaur and played Polo with these really cool giant robot pandas" kind.  I have vivid and bizarre dreams at least once every month or two.  Some I remember, some not so much, but I thought I'd share some of them and I'd like to hear about yours, especially if they are detailed and interesting.

Post away!!

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In this dream, I visited my friend who was living in the crumbling round brick chimney of a condemned smelter plant or something.  The chimney was all that was left of the building.  He was telling me how years earlier he had produced a radio play in which Frankenstein's monster meets Leonard Cohen.  Nobody liked it, so the radio station fired him, which is why he was living in a chimney.  I asked to hear it and he was all nervous about it and said the cops would arrest him if they caught him playing it for somebody; apparently it was either 'subversive' or 'offended the sensibilities of the community' or something.  I said I would love to hear it and would face the consequences myself.  He put the tape on and turned up the stereo and showed me some crude figures he had made to illustrate the play.  They were both crudely cut out of tin, and were attached by thick wire wrapped around the outside wall of the chimney.  One was of Leonard Cohen and looked like a child-size paper cutout of a man, but tin instead of paper.  The monster was full-size, but was colored black with two red spray-paint splotches for eyes.  As the tape played, I began to realize that his play was simply too ahead of the times when he wrote it, and I thought to myself that people might like it better now that a few years had passed.  As I was thinking that, a group of about 5 women in their late twenties to early thirties were walking by on their way to a women's rights meeting, and stopped to listen.  They were all wearing athletic t-shirts, 70s-style jogging shorts and sweat bands, but they weren't jogging.  They admired my friend's tin cutouts and nodded their heads in agreement with what they heard as the performance played.  Eventually they wandered off and my alarm woke me up soon after.

Your turn...  Thmbsup
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What do non-programmers need to automate? on: January 01, 2014, 08:44:41 PM
May I recommend some other Python books for your site?:

http://www.handysoftware.com/cpif/
http://www.briggs.net.nz/...e-wrangling-for-kids.html

My son did the Computer Programming is Fun book when he was around 11.  He enjoyed it at the time (it was something new to learn and master), but it taught him that he didn't particularly like programming.
C'est la vie...
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: what can replace mp3info / mp3ext? on: December 31, 2013, 04:35:44 PM
It's strange how it works with 'it' undecided
With names, the apostrophe is used for possessive, but not with 'it'. I'm sure I've heard that before (on dc even, I think) but it's the kind of thing I promptly forget...

Actually, "it" is a pronoun, so "its" as a possessive with no apostrophe goes right along with "his" "hers" "ours" "theirs" "yours", etc.

Oops, sorry to go off topic again.  Since the source is available I'm intrigued to see what it is that makes it not work on Win7, and whether it can be done.
... or come up with something entirely new with my fledgling code skills.  Gimme a few...  tellme
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Control lines on: December 31, 2013, 12:46:40 AM
Textpad 5 I found to be particularly useful regarding line manipulation.  You can 'bookmark' lines you want to keep and then "Delete unselected lines".  I think Notepad++ can do similar, but it's somewhere else in the menu.  To select the lines you want programatically, Textpad has extensive support for macros (almost as good as scripting):
http://www.textpad.com/add-ons/macros.html
and Notepad++ can be scripted with Python via the Python plugin:
http://www.sivachandran.i...-notepad-with-python.html

Sorry I don't have a more definitive answer, hope it helps though.  Sad
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a seventies music title... on: December 27, 2013, 01:56:31 PM
Relevant:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4om1rQKPijI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4om1rQKPijI</a>

Instant happiness  Thmbsup
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint 16 "Petra" just released on: December 21, 2013, 07:35:20 PM
...

Right before I lost interest entirely in Linux (but not the respect!) I became grumpy with uBuntu because at one particular point the box I was on simply stopped working between upgrades. Aka I had matching CD's in hand and whatever older copy of Ubuntu worked, the next couple of new ones didn't. (Provable, I loaded each like three times.) But at the time Linux Mint wasn't working for me either.

I ended up with some really obscure sub-sub-variant of Ubuntu with extra drivers added by the package dev by hand, and that worked. Presumably during whatever update of official Ubuntu that was, ____ driver got dropped or something.

But I hate to say it, I'm just stuck on Windows because as distractible as I am, Linux adventuring proved to be one too many things to handle! : (      So now I'm just on Windows because I'm tired/lazy because of all the little widgets that are on my comp.

Well, I'm glad you settled on what works for you instead of endless twiddling for more effort than worth.  Never a good idea no matter what your loyalty.  I have had experiences like that where certain computers and the attending hardware just would not play well with Linux, no matter what distro or combination of drivers.  However, my tenacity was such that I usually ended up using a lower-spec box that ran relatively hassle-free rather than switch back to Windows, but that's just me  Thmbsup
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PB&J with Potato Chips... One of Nature's Most Perfect Foods[ on: December 16, 2013, 08:36:32 PM
Now I'm not so hungry...  Sad
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint 16 "Petra" just released on: December 16, 2013, 08:15:44 PM
I looked up the LiDE70 because I have a LiDE30 that works flawlessly, and you are correct.  The LiDE70 uses a different set of hardware altogether (Phillips chipset) and Canon's attitude toward Linux has been *ahem*... less than charitable.  I got my 30 at a thrift store for $5.99; I bet you could probably find a similar deal on a more compatible scanner.  Take this page* with you on your phone or tablet for a quick check.  Thmbsup

* http://www.sane-project.org/sane-mfgs.html
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