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76  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: GoG and Regional Pricing on: March 01, 2014, 01:43:37 PM
I don't understand why they're suddenly changing the flat pricing of the older games to regional pricing. Even if the rates are approximately equal now doesn't mean they will be in the future.

IMO they should do regional pricing on the newer releases if necessary, with the goal of eventually getting all titles (as they age) to the flat pricing that is the same for everyone regardless of location.

Seems backwards to give in to the "evil" of regional pricing on older games just because it was a "necessary evil" for the newer games.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why my Win7 suddenly goes amnesiac? on: February 28, 2014, 11:43:13 PM
Sometimes, when I click on something I get a double click and when I drag/drop an object, the operation fails as if I had unpressed the LMB before destination.  If I press a little harder, the problem goes away, so it is the mouse (LMB), but it's a high end model (Alienware/Logitech) and I would prefer to repair it than change it.

I literally just fixed this in my mouse this past week. The problem is as Vurbal said. It's in the micro-switch. There's a very thin strip of metal that is bent in such a way that when you press down on the mouse button, it clicks down. Over time, it gets a bit bent out of shape and the click isn't as reliable, resulting in double clicks or clicks canceling even though you're still holding the button down.

You can try to fix it by opening up the switch and bending that little metal strip. Or you can just buy a new switch and either open it up and replace the little strip or replace the entire strip with some soldering.

I did it both ways. I have two Logitech M570 mice that both exhibited this click misbehavior. One started almost immediately after I bought it (as a replacement for a previous Logitech mouse with the same behavior!) so Logitech sent me a new one for free and didn't ask me to return the defective one. That was a couple of years ago. Lately the replacement started to have the same problem, so instead of buying a brand new mouse for $60 (or whatever) I decided to repair it for $0.60. I bought some micro-switches, but didn't have any soldering gear, so I just swapped out the thin strip of metal and my mouse is working fine. Then I decided to repair the older mouse which was essentially brand new and unused since I bought it, but this time I bought a soldering iron and solder wick (also known as desoldering braid) and fully replaced the micro-switch on it. Now I have two mice that both work better than they did when they were brand new. (c:

You can find some micro-switches for pretty cheap here: OMRON D2FC-F7N

You can also search on eBay.

(Special thanks to Edvard for giving me most of this information in the IRC channel a couple of weeks ago)
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My pop/imap Android experience on: February 28, 2014, 11:21:40 PM
I don't really even care if the GMail app has all the features I want or need because Android's sync model makes it a non-starter for me. Until getting my new tablet I hadn't used Android (or any mobile OS) for a couple years but I'm sure my old phone (running 2.2.2 or 2.2.3) gave me a lot more granular control over sync operations. On my Samsung tablet (running 4.2.2) the only options are to either sync everything related to my Google account or nothing. Naturally I choose nothing.

Sounds like something Samsung has customized the OS with. The "vanilla" Android experience offers you plenty of customization about what to sync or not. Here's a small sample of a few of the choices on my Android device (found in Settings -> Accounts -> Google):


I'd only use vanilla Android or a custom ROM like CyanogenMod. All the other providers muck up the OS with awful customizations that ruin the experience.
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For monitor resolution above 1920x1080, you need a DUAL LINK DVI cable on: February 28, 2014, 03:47:04 AM
Just go for HDMI cables. That will end all your problems as long as you remember to get the HDMI 2.0+ cables! tongue
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: February 28, 2014, 03:42:56 AM
I've had a nagging suspicion for a while now that TED talks were becoming more and more like video representations of snake oil shows or SCIgen papers, but I always felt I was alone in this regard.  All the cool kids were into TED, and the water cooler conversations always seemed to include the sentence "... so I heard this one thing in a TED talk...", so what was wrong with me?

Turns out, I'm not as alone as I thought.

Nathan Jurgenson at The New Inquiry (not one of my regular hangouts...) has written a pretty good summation of what I've been feeling all along.

TED attempts to present itself as fresh, cutting edge, and outside the box but often fails to deliver. It’s become the Urban Outfitters of the ideas world, finding “cool” concepts suitable for being packaged and sold to the masses, thereby extinguishing the “cool” in the process. Cutting-edge ideas not carrying the Apple-esque branding are difficult to find.

Am I the only one who noticed that that article was written two years ago? huh
81  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Visual comparison between PS3 / 4, Xbox 360 / ONE on: February 20, 2014, 07:01:36 PM
Yes. The PS4 version was very obviously better looking than the other three. I almost couldn't tell any difference between the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One versions.
82  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Amit Patel's Red Blob Games and Game Programming Pages on: February 20, 2014, 12:05:58 PM
I've found Amit Patel's works many times over the years and referred to them when trying to learn more about game programming. Very useful resource!
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tips Thread Personal Finance on: February 18, 2014, 01:17:10 PM
84  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Hawken beta sign-up on: February 14, 2014, 01:55:46 PM

Just a couple days ago I was wondering what happened to this game, and what it was called. And today I see it is now available on Steam Early Access:


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy3weRw5UJY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy3weRw5UJY</a>
85  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Dungeon Keeper giveaway on gog.com on: February 14, 2014, 01:26:30 PM
So EA has made the original game Free-to-Play as well?  ohmy Wink
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: This is impressive - 1700 PCs rolled out to 1700 students in 2 days on: February 13, 2014, 07:41:15 PM
Reisinger also did some personal soul-searching on the role of technology in the classroom, he says, and realized that many of the “fad” devices embraced by other schools didn't align with his educational goals for computing. (See his full rationale in his recent blog post on OpenSource.com.)

“It concerns me that we tend to chase the new silver tech bullet without thinking philosophically about what we want our students doing, or the freedom we want to give them with the device,” he said. “My fear is we're losing the art of computing. Then we lose a generation of engineers.”

Linux allows a level of exploration and control that other closed devices don't, he said. The cost savings in switching to all open source software is an added benefit. Reisinger estimates the district will save at least $360,000 in licensing fees on the high school's 1:1 laptop program alone.

I went to the library yesterday for the first time in a long time (first time visiting that particular library) and saw a few rows of iPads for the kids. I lamented out loud about how I felt sorry for the kids being raised on iPads, and how such a closed system that denied almost any kind of exploration or customization would keep them from learning the important things about computing devices. I think this Reisinger guy is right on the money. Libraries and schools are so often just after the latest technology that they often just pick what's cool rather than what would better enhance learning (or be more efficient uses of money!) such as Linux/Android.

This particular school did a few impressive things not only in deploying over 1,700 laptops to students in two days, but also in their choices and philosophy behind why they offered these things to their students.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint 16 "Petra" just released on: February 13, 2014, 01:21:16 AM
Too busy dabbing with various Linux distros and now, with a Google Nexus 7!

You're installing Linux distros on your Nexus 7? O_o

Which ones?
Windows 7 and Nexus 7 are mine.
The Windblows 8 is my friends.
Sorry Microsoft but i just can't appreci8.

If that was a response to my above quote, I meant which Linux distros are you installing on your Nexus 7? But now I see I misunderstood what you wrote. You said you were busy dabbling with a Nexus 7. Not busy dabbling with putting various Linux distros ON a Nexus 7.

My mistake. (c:
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint 16 "Petra" just released on: February 11, 2014, 05:23:05 PM
Too busy dabbing with various Linux distros and now, with a Google Nexus 7!

You're installing Linux distros on your Nexus 7? O_o

Which ones?
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 10, 2014, 05:25:10 PM
Reminds me of one of the best Flash games I've ever played, and it was made by mouser, too!

90  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: hubiC, DropBox like service with interesting pricing on: February 10, 2014, 04:19:11 PM
I'm confuzzled:

91  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release: Blasteroids on: February 08, 2014, 07:31:49 AM
New version of the game released. It doesn't really differ from that test build I made earlier, but now it's the official build so you can upgrade and beat your high scores and stuff.

92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Kickstarter Highlight: Catapult for Hire on: February 07, 2014, 01:41:29 PM
Catapult for Hire

Goal$36,00 ($1,600 as of this posting)
End Date2014-03-07
Project Creator(s)Tyrone Henrie
ExcerptExplore a whimsical Nintendo 64 era world and discover its darkest secrets

Catapult for Hire is an action-adventure RPG where exploration and puzzle solving are done with your skillful and creative use of catapults.

No job is too big or too small, in this game you do it all. One moment you will be solving huge Zelda-like temples and in the next you are helping a gigantic lazy ogre complete his chores.

Earn gold, find and unlock new catapults, fight epic bosses, craft new payloads, heck you can even go fishing.

The story is a satirical look at modern issues in a medieval setting. You play an out of work knight during an economic meltdown who turns to freelance catapultry to make ends meet. Even in a whimsical world, life can be harsh. Experience triumphant victories and crushing failures. As you progress you find there are bigger powers at play and that your adventures have found you uniquely equipped to take them on.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46GD8_yJojE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46GD8_yJojE</a>

Back it here: http://kck.st/1atdlJs
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Continuing with XP on: February 07, 2014, 03:12:42 AM
@chrisk - Could you provide fuller hardware specs for that netbook?

I know we've got 2Gb of RAM.

What about Make, CPU type and speed, HD size, native screen resolution, info about the graphics and sound subsystems, etc.?

Knowing that would make alternative OS recommendations easier.  smiley

Got any recommendations for me?

I have a netbook (MSI Wind U120-024US) that is painful to use even though the OS is XP. RAM maxes out at 1 GB. It's awful.

Maybe I'll install Mint on it and then use SplashTop to remotely control my more powerful desktop Windows 7 rig.
94  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Dillo Hills 2: 'Roid Racing on: February 07, 2014, 01:46:33 AM
I have no idea what a 'roid is. But Dillo Hills 2 is a fun racing game with a simple premise: Press down while going downhill to gain speed. Let go while going uphill to retain speed and fly into the air. Collect crystals to get powerups and items to fire at the other racers (Mario Kart style).

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA4g8ZlMYhg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA4g8ZlMYhg</a>

It's a great free, cross-platform flash game (also available on Android and iOS) that supports up to 8 players simultaneously (I repeat: cross-platform!).

Use my Friend ID when you sign up to add me to your friends list: 166764
(Strangely, it doesn't automatically add you back on MY friends list, so be sure to post here with your racer name so I can add you to my list as well.)

Play here in your browser (plus links to get it for Android or iOS): http://www.doyoudillo.com/

More info here: http://dillohills.com/

Full disclosure: I'm in no way affiliated with Dillo Hills 2, but if you use my friend ID when you sign up, I do get an in-game referral token which can be redeemed for in-game goodies.
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me I could make the Windows 7 taskbar height non-obscene? on: February 06, 2014, 07:28:01 PM
I've had this option set for so many years that I forgot it wasn't like that by default. In fact, every single Windows 7 computer (including everybody else's computers) I've used has the smaller taskbar, so I'm still not sure I believe that it's not small by default.
96  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release: Blasteroids on: February 05, 2014, 01:33:17 PM
I increased the max bullet count by 2 and tripled the rotation speed and now the game feels a lot more fast paced and exciting.

I like it a lot this way, I feel like I've got a chance, but more importantly it's also more fun en route Thmbsup

I like it a lot, too. Thanks for "pushing" me on this (I don't really feel pushed, but I'm not sure how else to describe it). I've had other people tell me they thought the turret should rotate faster, or that there should be more bullets, but I flat out refused because I didn't want to make it too easy. But now that I've actually tried it, I find it is a much more enjoyable game.

Sorry to anyone who suggested similar changes in the past and I rejected your suggestion!

It will stop rotating when it is pointing in the direction of your mouse cursor. Pixel perfect precision right there. (c:
funny, I actually find it much more accurate than formerly, probably because it's quicker, I dont feel I have to keep rotating the mouse to get it there cheesy

What I've found I like is that if there's a ninja asteroid coming at you really fast from the opposite direction you're facing, it's a lot easier to blast it at the last split-second before it destroys you. It makes me feel a lot more "lucky" but also a lot more skilled when I manage to blast 2-3 small asteroids all coming from different directions just before they hit me. I like it a lot. (c:
97  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release: Blasteroids on: February 05, 2014, 04:22:00 AM
I'm still playing it online via your site . have been meaning to download embarassed actually I'll do that today this week.
But either online or standalone would be fine if you want to do that with the different builds.

OK, I got a webplayer build up for you with some changes to test:


I increased the max bullet count by 2 and tripled the rotation speed and now the game feels a lot more fast paced and exciting. I actually like it this way, but I'm wondering if I've made it too easy. On my first (and only) try with these changes, I made it to level 16 and got 490,679 points.


Have made it to 34k now, not sure what level that was though.

Check your high score table and it will tell you what level you made it to. (c:

If it rotated a *lot* faster though, I think it would be harder to be exact with where you're stopping to shoot.

It will stop rotating when it is pointing in the direction of your mouse cursor. Pixel perfect precision right there. (c:
98  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: HUNTERCOIN GIVEAWAY~! =D on: February 05, 2014, 02:35:44 AM
I figured out how to "play". . . sort of. It's like the slowest and dumbest MUD ever.

I'm not sure it's worth it.
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SkyDrive no more, it's now OneDrive! on: February 04, 2014, 07:53:28 PM
Next they'll be sued by Canonical for being too similar to the Ubuntu One cloud storage name.
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 0catch .. that's a laugh on: February 04, 2014, 07:48:11 PM
OpenDNS blocked that domain due to "Adware"

This site was categorized in: Adware, Business Services
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