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5201  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TV Characters -- Love / Hate -- By Show on: March 18, 2008, 06:56:52 PM
Any Reality TV Shows:

Love: None

Hate: All
5202  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: JayIsGames.com: Casual Gameplay Design Competition #5 on: March 17, 2008, 05:19:44 PM
Something's wrong... I had to push every button to figure out how to jump. The text isn't showing up properly.

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5203  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The MacBook Air is So Thin… on: March 13, 2008, 02:28:39 PM
Right where most Apple products belong.  tongue
5204  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Suck An Egg RIAA on: March 11, 2008, 10:00:21 PM
Is there a link to info on the album somewhere?
5205  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NO MORE ANONYMOUS POSTING!! How a Kentucky lawmaker wants this to be true on: March 10, 2008, 09:58:04 PM
Just one question, where in the first amendment does it say free speech is an anonymous right?
It's one thing to affirm it's the nature of the web and yadda,yadda, but to wrap up hateful and harassing speech into something as noble as "free speech" is a bit of a stretch.
If free speech is such a noble human right then why be afraid to claim ownership of it?

Or maybe everyone on the web is all about rights without responsibility?
Pretty shallow stance IMO.

That's part of what I was originally trying to say: In a way, I think it would be good to require your real name, just like most sites require a real e-mail address. But I also don't like the idea of everyone everywhere knowing my name. I'd rather it be hidden from everyone, also like most sites that require a real e-mail address.

Then again, if John Q. Public makes a fan website with a little forum about how great Xbox is, I don't see the point in it requiring real information from me. Just like when I go to a store and buy something, I don't need to tell them my name and address and phone number.

A lot of stores these days will ask for your phone number for some reason. I just tell them they can't have it. Obviously if I'm buying something with a credit/debit card, the card will contain information leading back to who I am. But that's all done through my bank. The store doesn't keep a record of my card number and bank details, and therefore have no direct way of knowing who I am.

I don't really need to be anonymous, but in the information age where any idiot/wacko/criminal who knows how to run Google can find nearly any bit of information, I'd rather keep most of my personally identifying information private. I'll gladly attribute anything I say to my username, but I don't want just anybody to find out who I am or where I live.

The world is smaller than it was when the Declaration of Independence was signed. There are a lot more people in our lives than there were then. That means a lot more idiots and wackos out there who might do something stupid just because they disagree with me. In the old small-town lifestyle, criminals and wackos were basically run out of town. These days they are protected. I say keep my information away from them!
5206  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NO MORE ANONYMOUS POSTING!! How a Kentucky lawmaker wants this to be true on: March 10, 2008, 06:10:01 PM
I can understand the reasons: anonymous threats, trolling, griefing, etc., whatever you want to call it.

And to be honest at first thought it sounds like a good idea to have your real name somewhere, to track down abusers. But to make it mandatory for everyone to see who you are? Not good.

I'm for anonymous posting, but it would be nice if there were better ways to track down the people who do stupid stuff like terrorize or threaten others. I remember a certain incident with Kathy Sierra where tracking down and punishing the jerks who threatened her would have been really useful.

But there's a great quote (which I can't remember exactly) that's been spread around a lot since the Patriot Act came to town, something along the lines of: "Those who give up personal liberties for the feeling of security deserve neither."
5207  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: DonationCoder map - Sauerbraten FPS fun on: March 10, 2008, 12:18:18 AM
where's cody and where are his coins? i don't see them in the screenshots?

They're in the making?
5208  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Free computer help online/CompuTech (my) programs on: March 09, 2008, 11:39:29 PM
I am hoping to get a new auto-updater (or some type or update notification) working here soon

Make it compatible with DCUpdater.  Thmbsup
5209  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Lets get organized so we can get gaming! on: March 09, 2008, 11:19:33 PM
Alas, 95% of my gaming is console gaming . . .

I love Test Drive Unlimited, but play it on my Xbox 360 not PC -- I'm pretty sure the online functions of the two are completely separate.

Yeah, it's still rare to see the merging of PC/console online. The only game I can think of that does it is Final Fantasy XI, though I'm sure there are some others.

I added your Xbox Live Gamertag thingy to the list. :-D
5210  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: the award for most clueless pc user ever - my candidate. on: March 09, 2008, 11:14:24 PM
Or with people who are still on dialup (the poor saps!) if a link is taking too long they click it again... and again... and again. Therefore putting themselves into a never ending loop of requesting the page information.
5211  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Lets get organized so we can get gaming! on: March 09, 2008, 11:08:18 PM
Okay, so I have to admit, back in 2006 when I installed Xfire the first time, I wasn't very pleased with it. It seemed big, obtrusive, and redundant, since the only reason I installed it was at the behest of my friend, who I already IMed with using other IM programs.

But now that I actually know a few people who play games, I'm not too bothered by Xfire anymore. It's nice to see what your friends are doing, the voice chat is fairly straightforward and works well, and chatting within the game works nicely too. I'm not too pleased with the shortcut (scroll lock + x) because I don't like it turning on my keyboard lights, but it's not so bad.

Anyway, it's not so bad as I initially deemed it to be.
5212  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: DonationCoder map - Sauerbraten FPS fun on: March 09, 2008, 08:26:49 PM
I just have to say that Sauerbraten is the most fun I've had in an FPS since the good old days of Goldeneye and Perfect Dark on the N64.

The map editor is in game and very powerful. It's also very easy to use with a mild learning curve. You just push a button to change from edit mode to kill mode. And what's great is you can have people join you and you can all collaborate on a map together. This lets you test things in real time with people you know or strangers on the internet.

If you're interested in games and FPS at all, you really need to download Sauerbraten! I can't recommend it enough!

EDIT: Okay, I feel I should come back here and explain what it is I like about it. I really enjoy being able to create something and work as a team creating something one minute, then the next minute blast other people around on your creation. Plus with the servers, anybody can join in (though you do have standard control like kick/ban, etc.) and instantly tell you how awesome your map is, and people who have more experience than you can show you some cool techniques and help improve your map.

That's what I like about it.

As far as an FPS game goes, it's probably a bit substandard. Weapons don't have secondary functions. No ducking. Changing weapons is a little confusing. . . There are lots of things that make it not as wonderful as something like Team Fortress. But it is Open Source, freely available, and instant, hectic fun!
5213  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Drop to disconnect on: March 08, 2008, 09:41:04 PM
@Deozaan: I know I can left click, but I prefer to hit the large "object" of an icon, rather than have to position my mouse over this 32x32 tray icon. undecided

Oh yeah, I forgot you like the big icons. smiley

I wonder if there is a way to get an AHK script to do what I said for you. Then you could make a big shortcut to the AHK script.
5214  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Drop to disconnect on: March 08, 2008, 09:07:02 PM
If you can see your desktop, then using Windows default removable drive thingy isn't so bad. Just left click the tray icon once, then select the drive you want to disconnect. Done.

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5215  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Comic Strip Generator (and March Caption Contest Announcement!) on: March 08, 2008, 09:02:17 PM
TaeKwonDo is Korean... karate is a Japanese derivative of Kung Fu... Watch it, Deozaan, you'll be ruffling some feathers (heh, heh - pun accidental)  tongue

Don't blame me! Mouser was thinking it!
5216  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: the award for most clueless pc user ever - my candidate. on: March 08, 2008, 08:31:34 PM
Oh, and whenever I get a "tech support call" (that's someone yelling down the stairs for help), my first step is to ask if they've restarted the machine.  Works 90% of the time.

That's how it was for me when I still lived with my mom.
5217  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: the award for most clueless pc user ever - my candidate. on: March 07, 2008, 06:04:42 PM
Grin

i'm sure we've all heard the saying "if ain't broke don't try to fix it" or something like that.

i think something similar is appropriate for people afraid to try anything on their computer, i.e. "if it ain't working, don't try to click it" - or something like that.

hmm, that's actually the opposite of what they should be doing though, maybe "if it ain't working, just click it" or "if it ain't working, please, just have a try, go on, just click it - it won't explode, believe, i'm not lying to you".

The problem with this is that it's those stray clicks the really mess them up. I don't know how my grandma does it, but she gets her task bar docked to the side or top of the screen, gets her display turned sideways (for monitors that can rotate), gets her resolution changed... All kinds of things that seem impossible for someone who doesn't know what they're doing.

I don't know why people think they never need to read anything on the computer. A dialog could pop up saying "Warning! Are you sure you want to install this virus that will wipe out your computer completely and release a new strain of the black plague which will destroy humanity?" and someone would just click "okay" because they never read those things.
5218  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Comic Strip Generator (and March Caption Contest Announcement!) on: March 07, 2008, 02:29:12 PM
Cody with a British Accent: "....finally, Mr. Bondmouser, I infect DonationCoder with a trojan and take over the world! Mwa ha ha ha ha!"

Mouser: .oO (You'll never get away with this! I know karate, kung-fu, tae kwon do, and other Chinese words!)
5219  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: March 07, 2008, 02:14:55 PM
That's a long time we haven't heard from lanux. Has he left the building?  Sad

That was only two days before the site was put down, and it's been back up for less than 24 hours. Give him a couple days, I'm sure he'll be back.
5220  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Thread about the DonationCoder.com server Shutdown on March 2nd, 2008 on: March 07, 2008, 02:13:10 PM
The quick way is checking whether you have a file called ntos.exe in %SystemRoot\system32, like mouser mentioned above.

Is it only ntos.exe? I checked and I have an ntoskrnl.exe in the system32 folder. Is that safe?
5221  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Scanahand RC1 Released on: March 07, 2008, 02:02:59 PM
Mine too! I've done three versions of my handwriting as a font... but I need to standardize the placement of the letters in the squares as I keep varying it too much and the result is not natural. Need some pointers from Nosh and Deozaan, I guess   smiley

Do what Erwin said:

Why don't you activate the (well hidden) colored guidelines? You can do this through the Template page on the Options dialog.

In the options you can print faint guidelines that don't show up when you scan them. It really helped me. You can really see the difference between my first font where letters were all over the place and my second font where most things were pretty well aligned.

It feels a bit like practicing your writing in 1st grade again. Lines of where to put the base of the character, plus the higher line for tall letters and the lower line for letters with "monkey tails."
5222  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Waterworld Ultra on: March 07, 2008, 02:01:09 PM
New note: It could be revealing surprise but i would love to tell you that I'm releasing background graphics & other gaming related graphics soon.This will  be package which contains:
1. Backgrounds
2. Menu backgrounds
3. Level Maps (RPG's) without object sprites

I'm just confused about the hosting of these files.If you know any host please let me know.

All these files will be released under : Creative commons Attribution 2.5 India License
Means you're free to modify and use with free,Open source and commercial applications without paying a dime to me.All i ask in return is give me credit,(again only if you want).

There are a lot of download sites that will host files for you. Alternatively, I know that mouser has often offered DC members with some hosting. I can also offer some hosting, too.
5223  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Voice chat: good or bad? on: March 06, 2008, 08:06:20 PM
My brother and I have successfully used XFire built in voice over the past week. But we haven't tested it with multiple people at once. He says he notices some lag when we're doing voice, but I haven't noticed anything. We haven't been playing games that require everything to be completely lag free, though. (No FPS games, just MMO type)
5224  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: The site is now back online (March 6th, 2008) on: March 06, 2008, 07:43:45 PM
Hooray! Thanks mouser and wordzilla and Gothic!
5225  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Scanahand RC1 Released on: March 01, 2008, 02:11:10 PM
Upload the TTF! tongue

I did.
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