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5201  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DC Social Club Love-In on: August 15, 2008, 01:49:22 PM
Every once in a while Allen will tell me about the latest social website and get me to sign up, but that's usually about as far as I ever get with them. I just don't understand them, I guess. But anyway, if you want to find me, I'm on:


EDIT: Added links.
5202  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Skimp or splurge? on: August 15, 2008, 01:36:46 PM
I bought a screwdriver with 6 bits at the dollar store. I used it without complaint for a few months, but then while working inside my computer I found out why it was only a dollar.

I don't know if the bits softened with time or I just never used it on any screws that were really tight until then, but those screwdriver bits seemed only as hard as refrigerated butter. I couldn't believe how easy they bent and became unusable.

Thanks to the good advice of app103, I went to a hardware store and spent about $15 on a screwdriver set with a lifetime guarantee. I have absolutely no complaints about this new one and it was worth "splurging" for a good set of tools that don't fall apart when you're dealing with the internal workings of a PC (or anything else that requires a screwdriver).
5203  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Advice: Never use your ISP provided email address on: August 15, 2008, 01:14:51 PM

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 which is forwarded to 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.

But what do you do if you DID want to reply to the sender (it wasn't spam)?  Then they would know your address.

Gmail lets you set up other accounts (Settings -> Accounts) to send mail as, and you can automatically have it use those accounts as the reply-to addresses for any e-mail sent to those addresses. Though you are limited to somewhere around 8 "accounts."

I don't usually reply to most of the mail I use this method for (signing up at websites that require e-mail addresses, etc.) but I'm currently using this method for my college e-mail address since it's so convoluted and long. Something like firstnamelastname(at) So I had to go into my college e-mail account and forward it all to my Gmail account, and I can reply using Gmail and they still think I'm in the stupid university web mail.

An even though I'm taking the time to use all these precautions with my own domain and Gmail, I have received, like you, perhaps 5 or less spams to this Gmail account since I started using it in 2006. I've been very careful with this account in the first place, not using it to sign up at dubious looking sites, but if I should accidentally let my e-mail address out to a spammer, I'll more than likely be able to just disable that single account on my domain and continue to be spam free once more.
5204  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is a mouser? What does it mean to mouser someone? on: August 15, 2008, 12:56:57 PM
I've been mousered!

Though I think 2 hours isn't an uncommon amount of time for mouser to just disappear in the middle of a conversation, I think I'd consider myself mousered if just 10-20 minutes passed without so much as a "brb" or "bbl."
5205  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game? on: August 15, 2008, 12:54:12 PM
animal crossing

Animal Crossing is a good game with which you can easily find yourself playing it every day for at least 5-15 minutes for a year or two since there's no way to "beat" the game, but I wouldn't exactly call it a pet simulator/pet game. All the animals speak and wear clothes and walk upright and have houses, etc. Basically just like humans except they're animals.
5206  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: AINOP Wireless on: August 11, 2008, 02:15:10 PM

Though I hate to be a cynic, I can't help but wonder how long it will last.
5207  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bits du Jour looking for Freelance Writers on: August 11, 2008, 01:52:03 PM
What about the occasional face to face meetings?
5208  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Root of Game Piracy on: August 11, 2008, 01:45:13 PM
Good read. Thmbsup
5209  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: AINOP Wireless on: August 11, 2008, 12:19:06 AM

How did you manage to post this with a connection like that?
5210  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Compact AutoRunner v1.0 - Small, compact, customizable cd autorun menu! on: August 10, 2008, 08:08:43 PM
Great job, hamradio!

I really like the look of it. I'll have to twiddle around with it a bit and see what it can do. Really useful app if you're making CDs/DVDs!
5211  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bits du Jour looking for Freelance Writers on: August 10, 2008, 08:05:07 PM
So you have to live in/around New York City for the job?
5212  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: new birdy comic website from nudone and timns on: August 10, 2008, 06:39:29 PM
i've made a few changes to the appearance of the website, hopefully, covering the points Deozaan and mouser made above.

for those of you using an ad blocker like you Deozaan, you should see something else so the site shouldn't look so weird with large blank spaces.

Hmm, well now it looks even more strange.


I think the RSS and e-mail subscription images are supposed to highlight when you mouse over them, but here's what happens: The buttons at the top (where the ad banner should be) are the actual links that you are able to click. But when you mouse over them, the image disappears, probably in an attempt to show the "highlight" image, which is down below with the title banner.

But the images down below with the title banner aren't clickable.
5213  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best Firefox security addons? on: August 10, 2008, 06:30:22 PM
Is there an add-on similar to AdBlock Plus for IE 7?
5214  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: KDE 4 out, and my, it looks gorgeous! on: August 10, 2008, 06:19:16 PM
I'm with mouser on this one. In my opinion, it looks like a boring grey Windows XP theme mixed with the ugly HUGE icons from Vista.

EDIT: Just realized how old this thread is.  embarassed
5215  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: which operating system you like most.... on: August 09, 2008, 02:17:52 PM
I'm very satisfied with XP. It has it's quirks but I've either had enough time to get used to them or I've figured out how to tweak them to get rid of them. It's not perfect by any means, but I don't see myself upgrading to Vista just for the fun of it.
5216  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Neatorama reads the Blog?!! on: August 09, 2008, 01:38:44 PM
5217  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux is Not Windows on: August 09, 2008, 02:35:07 AM
Interesting Article.
5218  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: RAPIDSHARE.COM sucks! on: August 09, 2008, 01:59:37 AM
The bigger problem is that we never heard from Jane25 again. Is it too much to encourage you to PM Jane25?

No. An apology is absolutely in order.
5219  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Request: Does anyone know a good "pet" game? on: August 07, 2008, 03:01:38 PM

Your dog is always a cute little puppy. Never grows up and becomes a boring adult dog!
Your dog never dies, even if you forget to turn on the game for 3 months.
This might sound stupid, but it actually feels like you're petting the dog when you use the stylus.
You can play ball, throw frisbee, enter obstacle course tournaments, bathe, feed, walk the dog, and more.
You can have up to 3 dogs at a time.
You can teach the dog tricks and with enough training the dog will respond to your voice and perform tricks from voice commands.
You can go to the park and meet other dogs.

It is by far the best pet simulation game I've ever played. And all the Catz and Dogz and Ponyz and [Animal]z games are other people trying to recreate Nintendogs because of how successful it has been.
5220  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: RAPIDSHARE.COM sucks! on: August 07, 2008, 02:56:06 PM
@ Curt - Yeah, you're right. When this thread was revived by kveldulv I saw what I had written in April and thought the same thing: Wow, that was a bit harsh!

I don't remember exactly why I wrote that (it was 4 months ago) but I think I took offense at someone telling someone else that they "had no right" to complain. I interpreted that phrase literally, as though JaneDC was saying scancode wasn't allowed to have an opinion or state his opinion about RapidShare. In hindsight JaneDC probably meant that scancode shouldn't complain because it was free so he should just be grateful he can use it at all without paying for it.

I made a mistake and I'm sorry. embarassed
5221  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: new birdy comic website from nudone and timns on: August 07, 2008, 02:43:55 PM
Great job guys! The comics are pretty funny and the site looks good.

Constructive Criticism:

In Firefox 3 there's a big gap between the top of the page and the logo banner. Adblock Plus says it blocked 2 items, so if there's supposed to be an ad banner up there, that would explain it.

Also, the navigation links (Home, Archive, Downloads, About, Contact) appear pixelated, like they were created at a smaller size and then enlarged. Even the title "Head in the Clouds" looks a little pixelated, but the navigation links are very noticeable.

Here's a screenshot of how it looks on my computer.


Good job nudone and timns! You're really doing something great!
5222  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amorphous+ -- a great flash game on: August 06, 2008, 05:21:00 PM
Why do they track who referred to the game? Do you get anything for referring us to that link?
5223  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What do I need to do for Game Design? on: August 06, 2008, 11:15:14 AM
A lot of it depends on what level of programming experience you have. In the following text I'm guessing that you're a beginner with little to no programming experience. I don't know much about your background but I think you're about 15 years old and you probably don't have much income. So I think free or inexpensive and easy to learn tools are your best bets right now.

Flash is great because it's well documented and there are many good books on the subject, so that's a plus. The bad thing about Flash is that it's expensive. It's $700 expensive. Also, it wasn't really designed to build games. It was designed for interactive advertisements and animations. Of course, you'll probably still be able to get simple games running in Flash fairly quickly, and it's always rewarding to be able to see results fast.

On the other hand, there are tools like Game Maker that aren't very powerful (don't expect to make Halo), aren't very expensive (I can't see the price until I create an account and login? What the Smurf is that about?), but will gently introduce you to programming concepts with an overly simplified scripting language. And once you get better at understanding how drag and drop stuff gets things moving, you can enable advanced mode to actually use code.

You could also get a "real" game engine, something that was actually designed to produce games, for less than the cost of Flash. For example, Torque Game Builder, a 2D engine, is $100. The biggest problem with TGB is that the documentation isn't that great (but it's improving) so it would be very helpful if you were already familiar with basic programming structure and you should definitely be prepared to read the forums a lot to find answers to questions. The good thing is that the community is pretty helpful on the forums most of the time.

There are also free/open source game engines out there. But again, depending on your skill level you may have some difficulty figuring out how they work. I started a thread here nearly two years ago titled Game Engines and Apps in which we rounded up a number of game engines. You should check out that thread for some reviews of some other engines.

My advice then, as far as programming goes, would be to get started programming in some language, even if it's not related to games, such as PHP, to familiarize yourself with programming structure, variables, loops, conditional statements, arrays, functions, etc. That way if you go to another programming language, you'll at least be able to adjust what you know to how this other language does it, and that in itself will be a good head start.

My advice for education would be to take all the math classes you can! And keep your notes and your books! Getting a degree in video games (Real-Time Interactive Simulation?) or Computer Science involves some of the higher levels of math. Make sure you like math and that you have a good understanding of it.
5224 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - ScreenshotCaptor - 2.41.01 - AUG 1, 2008 on: August 05, 2008, 07:28:39 PM
Weirdness I've noticed:

I haven't been able to replicate this since I just updated, but on the beta one time I captured the active window and the image information comments showed the title bar info for the maximized application that was behind the active window at the time.

Using "Capture image of ScreenShot Capture Window" while SSC is maximized actually adds a little padding around the edges of the screen, so I can see my desktop behind it. The really weird thing about it is that because SSC is maximized, it goes off the right side of my desktop so there's white (where there's not desktop image). Here's the image (1280x1024)


While the Resize Image dialog window is open, pressing alt-tab takes you directly to where you already are. This doesn't happen in the preferences window, so I think it's unique to Resize Image dialog.

When selecting an area for cropping or adding effects or whatever, the selection box excludes excludes the line of pixels on the bottom and right edge of the area you selected. This means bad crops and other effects due to imprecise selection.

A few spelling mistakes in the new Preferences.

That's about all I can think of right now.
5225  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: RAPIDSHARE.COM sucks! on: August 05, 2008, 04:08:07 AM
as Deozaan mentioned, Rapidshare had revamped their website. however non-premium users still have to wait for the 'countdown' and the downloading speed has been capped. imo, now their service is bearable, download speed notwithstanding.

I don't think the countdown is even there anymore. I can't remember for sure because I don't use Rapidshare very often, but I downloaded a couple files this past week and I don't remember there being a countdown. If I recall correctly, it just tells me I could download really fast if I had a premium account, I click free account, and the download starts.

EDIT: Just used RapidShare today and the countdown is indeed there.
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