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301  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 07, 2014, 02:04:46 AM
...It's a powerful image, the tall grey man...
Yes, perhaps it could be a powerful image - if you allowed it that - but it is still just a simple metaphor (a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable - a thing regarded as symbolic of something else), and thus it would seem irrational to enlarge the import of an imagined and intangible thing so far as to use it as a putative explanation for something somehow shaping mankind's perceptions throughout the course of our modern history.

In this thread it was used as a symbol of what can/did happen to the individual during the growing-up process. In the 'did' case at least, it is not symbolic of anything 'imaginary' - but yes, I agree: it's not an "explanation for something somehow shaping mankind's perceptions throughout the course of our modern history".

The writer of the article definitely has an "external locus of control", he doesnt seem to realise that his problems (of being depressed/jaded with life) can only be solved within himself. Otherwise I think his article is a fairly brilliant rant against the dark sides of our society, and a good description/example of disillusionment with ideals. He comes across to me as completely genuine btw.

Re the history bit in your post Iain - and the in-depth sermon on religion:
  • 1) if I know the history, should I then not be personally affected by war and everything it involves?
  • 2) let's see, this will involve a few sub-items:
    • a) off-topic in this depth for this thread
    • b) off-topic for dc (religion and politics - even worse: the two combined)
    • c) are you trying to persuade us, or yourself, about Israel's can-do-no-wrong reputation? (the author doesnt even seem to be picking on Israel, so I'm not really sure why you're posting all this stuff)

(For the record, I am no fan of Hamas.)

See now what I mean about your man's article being brilliant: he even has aspects of my post covered:
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And, maybe most poisonous, maybe most soul-crushing: somebody said something I don’t like that makes me feel frightened and threatened! It’s time to put on my superhero costume and forward unto battle!

Except it doesn’t matter. Because you’re not really changing anybody’s mind. How often does that little skirmish end with anybody changing their mind at all, even a little bit?
- See more at: http://zenarchery.com/201...ted/#sthash.y4fzgYlF.dpuf
302  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: August 06, 2014, 05:54:03 PM
Saffron survived anesthesia and just got back home to begin some rest and recuperation  thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up

I'm happy Kiss Kiss
303  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR's launch history cleared on full shutdown (win8.1) on: August 06, 2014, 01:22:53 AM
Using /t 0 implies the /f (force) switch for shutdown, that may probably be why it doesn't send the pre-shutdown event to all active applications?

I dropped the /t 0 part and FARR was okay after reboot - it remembered the launch history thumbs up thumbs up
304  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malwarebytes self-start problem on: August 05, 2014, 02:58:01 PM
I didnt get a chance to read any of those^ links yet, but I remember when 2TB drives came out, reading an article saying that if you made a smallish partition, say 150GB, that the speed of that partition would be a lot faster - the claim was along the lines of: the bigger the drive, the faster that partition would be. But I dont know how multiple platters fit into that.

I have two internal  drives on my desktop - the OS on the first drive has about a 150GB partition, the remainder is used for backup of data from the second drive - which means it gets used very seldom. I'm happy with the setup, but I've never compared it to any other setup in the same machine.

Will look for that article - I may have saved it on that machine.
305  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 05, 2014, 02:49:12 PM
Not sure whether to post or not, but...

I'm glad you did.

me too thumbs up


As adults, we're prepared to deal with these things much better (and continue skipping). We can reject that tall man. As kids, it's not so easy - he frames your reality in ways that you cannot understand or reject.

I think he/it** still frame most peoples' realities when they are grown up - without them even being conscious of it.

** whatever those experiences were.

It's a powerful image, the tall grey man...
306  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My first 408... on: August 05, 2014, 02:32:27 PM

 cheesy from that:

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418 I'm a teapot (RFC 2324)
307  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / FARR's launch history cleared on full shutdown (win8.1) on: August 05, 2014, 11:13:17 AM
FARR's launch history cleared on full shutdown Windows 8.1 / x64

I've noticed that FARR's launch history gets cleared when I do a full shutdown** (had to do a couple today) - a 'normal' shutdown doesnt seem to have any effect on it.

** Full shutdown done via desktop shortcut:
C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0

I dont think I've changed any history options - let me know if you want any details (I couldnt find any that would do this but may well have missed something).
308  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 04, 2014, 10:18:17 AM
I think the cause of the malaise is much simpler.  Think back to when you were a kid skipping down the street.  You were happy for no particular reason.  In fact it was your default state of mind.  Adults smiled to see you skipping along so care free.

Then one day as you skipped along you encountered a tall man in a gray suit with gray felt hat.  He gave you such a disgusted look.  You slow down in reaction.  Then the gray man says "You are tool old to be skipping" all mean and nasty.

[...]

The only way to turn back the clock on the downfall [...] is to go back in time and skip down the street no matter what anyone thinks or says about it!

sounds good to me thumbs up
309  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Big savings PayPal Germany Customers-Hard Goods on: August 02, 2014, 12:40:39 PM
^ thanks for the recommendations thumbs up

smiley
310  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Big savings PayPal Germany Customers-Hard Goods on: August 02, 2014, 12:17:58 PM
Thanks cmpm,
FWIW I'd be slow to buy anything from that site for various reasons -

  • too far away (Hong Kong)  in case there is a problem
  • outside EU, customs & excise may get involved with the delivery
  • most [many] of their products are no-brand
  • I looked at routers - one on offer had a review saying first they couldnt find the firmware, when they did, it was only in Chinese
  • ...
311  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Real RAM amount consumed on: August 02, 2014, 08:39:44 AM
Process Explorer
312  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: August 02, 2014, 02:09:36 AM
Saffron seems to doing better today.. she seems much more herself.  Keep the positive thoughts coming.

yaaay! will do smiley
313  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Create a modern version of Lotus Agenda on: August 01, 2014, 01:37:11 PM
I dont know the origin of InfoQube (IQ), but believe it's inspired by Ecco Pro.
Pierre Landry, the developer, (PPLandry here on dc) has recently 'discovered' Lotus Agenda, and is looking to add some of it's features to IQ.

I'll post a link to this thread in the IQ one, so I'm sure he'll checkin here to see if you have any suggestions.

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I never owned a license of Agenda, but as it is now public domain (download link here), I installed it on an XP machine.
 
Apart from a antique DOS UI, and as with Ecco Pro and InfoQube, it is build on the following 3 principles :

    Information is stored in items
    Items can be assigned user-defined field values (categories in Agenda)
    Views show a sub-set of all items in the database. Users can customize / create views. Views can have a few columns which show field values

In my spare time (!), I plan to play with it, read about it, and add some of its features to InfoQube.
If there are Agenda users out there, please feel free to share with us what Agenda killer features you'd like to see implemented in InfoQube.

http://www.sqlnotes.net/d...al5/index.php?q=node/2921
314  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / "Russia enacts 'draconian' law for bloggers" on: August 01, 2014, 12:41:57 PM
From the BBC:
Russia enacts 'draconian' law for bloggers and online media

If you get over 3,000 visits per day in Russia:

  • you will have to register (you cannot remain anonymous)
  • you must "conform to the regulations that govern the country's larger media outlets" (not sure what exactly they are)

On the radio here they were saying that you will also be held responsible for comments made on your site (not sure what consequences involved) - I dont see this mentioned in the BBC article, but maybe that's covered by the "regulations that govern the country's larger media outlets".

^ This last bit ties in with Ren's recent post about the trial of Ross Ulbricht (the "Dread Pirate Roberts"):

tl;dr - This fight is about the transfer of intent, e.g. I post something potentially illegal on your site, then you get charged for it. Good discussion there though, and worth a listen.
315  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I bought a pineapple today... on: August 01, 2014, 04:31:54 AM
 huh tellme cheesy
316  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: July 31, 2014, 02:36:50 PM
With photography you hear about certain film 'types' where digital attempts to reproduce the celluloid version. The colouring of an image can vary a lot between cameras. Every camera has it's weakness's and strengths. I think digital in general does have weakness's too (especially with reds) - I have no idea if film was better that way or not.
317  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: July 31, 2014, 02:36:00 PM
I guess what I'm a little sensitive about is this attitude that technology is "bad" because it has made things easier.  And every time I look into the issue, it's not the technology that's the problem, but the way it's being used.  And really, ultimately, i don't really care.  So what if hundreds of people are making bad movies.  I don't care.  I will find the good one, whether I'm in 1950 or 2014.

^ this sounds good to me smiley
318  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: July 31, 2014, 11:33:24 AM
If you like "Homeland" this is the "original", and much, much better if you ask me. The Israeli low budget TV series "Hatufim" (Kidnapped) is the TV series that later was adapted into "Homeland".

Article in The Guardian

sounds interesting - I fixed the link here (an extra http at the end of it)
319  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Top 25 Free Windows Utilities on: July 31, 2014, 11:05:21 AM
^ thanks Cuffy thumbs up

I plan to try Auslogics Duplicate File Finder - it's at
http://www.auslogics.com/...re/duplicate-file-finder/

LOTS, and I mean LOTS of caveats about malware in the setup files
he's a bit hypocritical -
he completely refuses to use one piece of software because it uses Open Candy, yet warns abut the alternative option trying to get you to download some piece of crap instead of the app itself. And he recommends a few that do try to install other apps (he warns about it) - but this is exactly what Open Candy can be/is used for (so whether they use Open Candy to do it or not is irrelevant).
It's almost like he doesnt know what Open Candy is undecided
320  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: AoMei Backupper Pro lifetime 72% off on: July 31, 2014, 03:43:32 AM
See IainB's review of the cloning capabilities of the free version, (he also uses the partition manager):

AOMEI Backupper FREE + AOMEI Partition Assistant FREE - Mini-Review
321  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: July 31, 2014, 03:27:30 AM
I would appreciate it if everyone could send her calm and positive thoughts.

to her, and also to you mouser...
322  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 31, 2014, 02:59:10 AM
I've enjoyed learning more about 'ironic' Thmbsup
I hadn't realised that she was using the word incorrectly - had never given it any thought before, to be honest.


As pointed out here, my grammar in that sentence was atrocious.
lol,
I meant that grammar comment for myself embarassed After watching the video, I was getting self-conscious about my grammar - it's not my strong point, e.g. is it grammatically incorrect to start a sentence with 'after'? I have no idea (and it doesn't really bother me either way). I find a lot of it illogical: simply a case of someone dictating that this is correct, and this not. And we're not exactly somewhere formal that it might be considered necessary to write 'proper' like ;-)
323  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 29, 2014, 06:04:19 PM
^no worries!

PS I enjoyed it in the context of making an effort to learn what irony really is ;-)
324  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SPAM reaching epidemic proportions on: July 29, 2014, 05:39:47 PM
^ Grin
325  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 29, 2014, 05:37:25 PM
^ I guess that qualifies as irony (?)
Undeserved here imo - might be worth making a new thread and suggesting it in general to people?
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