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5201  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: July 22, 2008, 05:39:28 PM
I think we are going to have to give you your own blog space on DC ... "The sayings of cranioscopical"  cheesy
Here, here.... or is that Hear, hear?  Whichever I am all for it! Grin

It's "hear, hear" as in, "Everybody hear what is being said because I agree with it!"
5202  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Guitar & Drum Trainer Software for Musicians Wins Shareware Industry Award on: July 22, 2008, 05:35:32 PM
Congratulations and nice job!
5203  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Drop Box lands on: July 22, 2008, 05:27:35 PM
Does anyone have an invite for this they could send me? 

If you're still looking for one, send me a PM with your e-mail address.
5204  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Latest Bit of Insanity in the World of Patent Law on: July 21, 2008, 07:16:09 PM
BTW: Was that Lamb Chop as in Sherri Lewis?

The website says Mally (Mallory) Lewis & Lamb Chop.

Ah. Her daughter! Another cute redhead. (Just like Mom.)

Here's Mom: http://www.youtube.com/wa...-Uepo&feature=related

That's right! It's been so long since I've seen it that I forgot what she looked like. I guess that Mally doing the show solves my confusion about having heard that the lady had passed away some years ago and wondering why there was still a dedicated website to the show..
5205  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Launching New Game development website on: July 21, 2008, 02:09:36 PM
Frequently when I'm working on a game I have to figure out some math (trigonometry) to get things to move or appear correctly. I've been thinking for a few years now that I ought to have some sort of collection of all the equations I've needed time and again.

A quick math reference with examples of how to use them.

Then again, that was before I even took the corresponding math classes that taught how to do what I was attempting, so I was trying to figure things out that were beyond my mathematical education. It's not so hard now that I've taken a trig class and started into calculus.

Still, something like that might be useful on a game development/help site. I'd be happy to contribute things like that.
5206  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: redmine: website tool for collaborative project todolist/wiki, bugtracking, on: July 21, 2008, 01:45:09 PM
Drupal also has issue tracking, forum (threaded or flat) and collaborative docs, plus being a full-blown CMS and tons of add-ons. I'm looking at it right now, to unite the services related to my software: web-site (DNN), wiki style docs (Wikispaces), issue tracking (Mantis).

I'll post some more after testing it further.

Mouser didn't have nice things to say about Drupal last year...
5207  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Latest Bit of Insanity in the World of Patent Law on: July 21, 2008, 01:42:21 PM
BTW: Was that Lamb Chop as in Sherri Lewis?

The website says Mally (Mallory) Lewis & Lamb Chop.
5208  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: msn adcenter demographic prediction for donationcoder... 67% female? on: July 21, 2008, 01:38:25 PM
Ok, it's confirmed, it just gives a random number, based on the text on the page. I just tried getting the values of my idiotic page, and then changing "text" to "test", and the values changed dramaticly after the one-letter change..  Grin Grin

Sounds like it should be adlib.microsoft.com.
5209  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to prevent Win+S from sending the system to sleep? on: July 21, 2008, 01:29:46 PM
I'm not currently at my own computer, but Win+S does not make this PC sleep. It is a Microsoft Natural Multimedia. Win+S doesn't seem to do anything.
5210  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Latest Bit of Insanity in the World of Patent Law on: July 20, 2008, 08:26:54 PM
Here's my latest coding project, inspired by this thread and that old familiar Lamb Chop song:

Formatted for PHP with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. while (true)
  2. {
  3. print "this is the pun that never ends. Yes it goes on and on my friend! \n";
  4. print "Cranioscopical starting saying it, knowing full well what it was, \n";
  5. print "and Shades and 40hz joined in repeating just because \n";
  6. }
5211  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Advice: Never use your ISP provided email address on: July 20, 2008, 08:18:52 PM
The problem with the gmail trick name+x@gmail.com is that it doesn't take a genius to work out that name@gmail.com is your main account.

There is another problem too name+y@gmail.com will be delivered too - even though it is not a real email address that you gave out.

It is only a matter of time before spammers attack this form of naming and the owners main address.

That's the beauty of the method I use. Nobody sees the name+xyz@gmail account. In fact, they don't see Gmail at all. They see xyz@mydomain.com which is forwarded to name+xyz@gmail.com behind the scenes.

And with my host's control panel, it's not hard to mass edit all my forward-only e-mail accounts to change the forwarding address if my Gmail account finally is overrun with spam.

But let's put it this way: I've been using this method with my current Gmail account, which I've had for over two years now, and the only spam I ever get is an occasional newsletter from Xara, who just won't remove me from their mailing list.
5212  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: redmine: website tool for collaborative project todolist/wiki, bugtracking, etc on: July 20, 2008, 08:07:31 PM
Has anyone who is experienced with these types of tools checked out dotProject? It's another freeware/open source collaborative project tool.
5213  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone Here Using a Drobo? on: July 20, 2008, 07:54:38 PM
SNAFU has been dated back as far as 1941 and FUBAR back to 1944 (both US Army slang now in general use)

I remember playing a video game 20 years ago on the Intellivision called SNAFU. I had no idea what it meant, but even today I have fond memories of steering my snake/worm thing around trying not to get trapped in a corner or have my tail eaten off. I can even remember the music. Just goes to show how commonplace that (rather obscene (for kids)) term has become since it was originally coined.
5214  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Advice: Never use your ISP provided email address on: July 19, 2008, 06:18:15 PM
What's this trick with username plus something_else@gmail.com? What does it do for my gmailbox?

You can add anything after your username in your gmail account and it will still be delivered to your normal gmail account. But it makes it easy to see where it's coming from or create filters.

Let's say your Gmail account is joebob@gmail.com. But you have a software business and you also like to go to the auction and another thing you do in your spare time is sign up for notifications about Remote Controlled Airplanes.

To make it easier to filter and apply labels (if you care to do that with your e-mail) you can display your e-mail address on your software website as joebob+software@gmail.com. And for auction transactions you can use joebob+auction@gmail.com. And for all your RC news letters, you can use joebob+RCFlyer@gmail.com.

It will all go to your account like normal but up at the top where it says "sender@hotmail.com to me" it will instead say "sender@hotmail.com to joebob+RCFlyer"

As I said, this makes it easier to sort your mail and apply labels and filters without needed hundreds of separate e-mail accounts that require you to log into separately.
5215  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt 6.0 released on: July 19, 2008, 06:09:35 PM
n00b question about something like TrueCrypt:

I'd love to try out some of the features, like a "fake" clean windows install in case anybody boots my computer without me using the right key or something, with the "real" install that I use encrypted and hidden. But it seems the best way to set that up would be from a fresh format. Is it possible/recommended to start with a drive that already has data on it or would TrueCrypt be most effective/clean starting with a newly formatted drive?
5216  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Advice: Never use your ISP provided email address on: July 19, 2008, 06:02:31 PM
It's definitely worth $10 a year to own a domain name that allows you to create as many e-mail addresses as you want. I use Gmail for ALL my e-mail, but if a site requires me to sign up for it I create a new e-mail using the following pattern:

Let's say that somedumbsite.com wants me to sign up for an account before I can access the content, but I'm not too sure how true they are to their privacy policy. I'm paying $10 a year to register mydomain.com. I also have a Gmail account which is myusername@gmail.com

I create a new e-mail address: somedumbsite@mydomain.com
Then I have it forward all mail to my Gmail address: myusername+somedumbsite@gmail.com

This way, ALL my mail goes to one easy-to-check account. if I start to get spam I know exactly who/where it is coming from and I can either just remove the e-mail address from mydomain or set up a Gmail filter to trash it.

EDIT: For clarity.
5217  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone Here Using a Drobo? on: July 19, 2008, 03:57:16 AM
I found another definition for PHP - Personal Home Page.

That's not accurate when referring to web documents that have the PHP extension. From the official PHP.net website:

What does PHP stand for?

PHP stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. This confuses many people because the first word of the acronym is the acronym. This type of acronym is called a recursive acronym. For more information, the curious can visit » Free On-Line Dictionary of Computing  or the » Wikipedia entry on recursive acronyms.

I took a quick glance at the Wikipedia entry cited and found this one: AMARA - Amara Means A Recursive Acronym. Most of them seem to be acronyms that people found the article and wanted to come up with something clever, so they took an acronym for a real product/service/company/whatever and found out other words that could be used to make it recursive.
5218  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone Here Using a Drobo? on: July 18, 2008, 08:09:09 PM
That's like a dictionary definition:

Dog: A dog that barks

I've always heard it said that you should never define a word by using the word you're trying to define. Or something along those lines.
5219  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Would anyone want a free DonationCoder.com bumper sticker? on: July 18, 2008, 07:38:33 PM
I didn't know these were ready! I want one! PM on the way mouser!
5220  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: [FIXED TOPIC] TrackMania Nations Forever - Free, fun, and totally awesome! on: July 18, 2008, 07:36:11 PM
You should ask me sometime on Xfire. I'm up for a bit of racing sometime soon. smiley
5221  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone Here Using a Drobo? on: July 18, 2008, 07:33:51 PM
I like the idea that AJAX has another acronym to decifer.

Competition time - who can come up with the most convoluted (but genuine) acronym? Maybe this should be a new thread (if I can be bothered).

PHP is an infinitely looping (recursive) acronym. It stands for PHP Hypertext Preprocessor.
5222  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hi People on: July 18, 2008, 07:30:07 PM
Glad to hear you're doing better!
5223  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Mutex Problem on: July 17, 2008, 02:24:49 AM
And I'll quote the first line, because a lot of the times when I'm "stuck" on a programming issue I can't figure out, I end up thinking of the solution in the process of describing the problem to someone I'm asking for help.

Quote
"A problem, properly stated, is a problem on it's way to being solved" -Buckminster Fuller
5224  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Flash Game: Sling Jumper 2 on: July 16, 2008, 10:40:24 AM
Hmm... I'm not sure I really like this one. But maybe that's because I'm no good at it.  tongue
5225  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: fancy a game of Scrabulous? on: July 16, 2008, 12:01:31 AM
Well if you're in the mood for board games that you can play by e-mail (turn-based) or even live, I'd recommend GoldToken.com.

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They have a version of Scrabble called Grabble as well as other games such as Chess, Checkers, Four In a Row, BattleShip, Trax, Dominoes, Rock Paper Scissors, Yahtzee and more.

GoldToken is the official home and playing site of the:

    * Game Federation Association with the The Game Federation Association Club
    * American Checker Federation with the The ACF Club
    * New Zealand Draughts Association with the The NZDA Club
    * World Pente Federation with the The World Pente Federation Club
    * GOAMA


GoldToken is also home and playing site of the:

    * International Chess Federation
    * Kentucky Chess Association
    * The American Backgammon Association
    * The Chinese Go Association
    * Welsh Draughts Association
    * The International Backgammon Federation

I haven't really used GoldToken.com in a few years but I enjoyed it while I was there.


Full Disclosure: I am one of the co-founders of the website, my brother is the other. I personally haven't done much for the site since about 2002 and I don't gain anything for telling you folks about it. My brother doesn't get anything either, as it's now owned and operated by another person.
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