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5176  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: July 12, 2010, 03:58:57 PM
After such a hard winter I appreciated the spring even more than usual this year.
There was a good bit of rain and everything was nice & green (for a while - 35° most days now so everything is drying up)

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from June the 22nd. It's almost the same view as the first pic in this older post FWIW
5177  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: how to remove (or move) "older" folder? on: July 12, 2010, 11:58:19 AM
I think it's been said elsewhere but I think this as a default setting isnt a great idea...
5178  DonationCoder.com Software / WorldCup Predictor / Re: FIFA World Cup Predictor 2010 - A Contest For Best Predictions? on: July 11, 2010, 04:09:02 PM
EA's own simulation agrees with your initial findings, mouser. My rarely used national pride is betting hard on that outcome as well Grin

well, congrats Lashiec Thmbsup
5179  DonationCoder.com Software / WorldCup Predictor / Re: FIFA World Cup Predictor 2010 - A Contest For Best Predictions? on: July 11, 2010, 01:24:07 PM
Five minutes to kick-off!

There's been a World Cup predicter here in germany of late:
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Paul the octopus, "the Oracle of Oberhausen," has successfully predicted all six of Germany's World Cup matches so far -- after going four for five in the European Championships two years ago. No one knows how he does it, but for a while it made him the most popular invertebrate in Germany, stealing headlines even from the coalition government.

He "predicts" by choosing a mussel from one of two possible containers, both marked with national flags. On Tuesday he startled Germans by calling a Spanish upset. Most fans weren't terribly worried. Yes, the striker Thomas Müller was out on penalties; and sure, Spain had been strong. But ever since Brazil dropped out of contention the young German team looked swift and precise enough to clear a path to the championship.

http://www.spiegel.de/int...ist/0,1518,705324,00.html
5180  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Fallacy of One Thing Leading to Another on: July 11, 2010, 05:10:21 AM
[...]
Unless... maybe all those violent games or simulations do not so much represent killing people but more a form of non-consent assisted euthanasia.

maybe that's it Wink cheesy
5181  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Fallacy of One Thing Leading to Another on: July 11, 2010, 05:08:22 AM
The big question really is how all sides can come to accept each other's terms.

No Paul,
I dont have to accept anyone's 'terms' here. I simply say this stuff [rape game] is unacceptable.
5182  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Listary – search all lists in Windows on: July 11, 2010, 04:49:40 AM
[...]
"/" is on the bottom left corner in the standardized layout, and I thought it was easy to press. I'll make this key configurable in future versions. (see attachment in previous post)
You can use hot keys to run commands as shown in the video if you really hate "Shift" Cool. Everything mentioned in the video and the post is available in the freeware version of Listary, and you don't need to purchase the pro version if you use Listary only at home (not in your office).

"/" is above 7 on the german language keyboard as well...

You dont have any trial, do you ?
Could someone install the free version on a work machine to test it for a limited time (e.g. in my case I have two pc's, both are shared between work & personal stuff - I'm self-employed & work from home.)
5183  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does serif matter in web fonts? on: July 09, 2010, 09:39:29 AM
I think sans serif too (not recommending Arial in particular)

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looking at that, you could probably even go a point size bigger with the Arial and fit the same amount of text
5184  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please recommend beautiful websites with simple, elegant designs. on: July 09, 2010, 07:00:34 AM
maybe a bit late:

This photographer's site is more 'western' in style/colouring but I still thought of it when you mentioned the library 'feel'
Steve McCurry

There's nothing exactly like what you're looking for here, but you might still get some ideas from this Smashing Magazine article:
Principles Of Minimalist Web Design, With Examples
5185  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Style guidelines for how to structure helpfiles? on: July 09, 2010, 06:36:12 AM
First: apologies, I havent read the thread fully embarassed but being a brazen git I'll post anyways smiley

Help:
one challenge is clearly combining (or separating) [1] info about the preferences/options, also possibly the interface/menus etc. and [2] showing people how to actually use the programme.

Interface:
generally intuitive is better - but if you can do something much quicker, in a way that is initially more difficult to learn - I would always opt for the latter.

Screencasts:
I personally think they can only supplement other info (I've seen one major software site where I couldnt see a comprehensive list of features but was allowed to look at very slow moving videos - I gave up)
5186  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: App Culture vs. Free Culture on: July 09, 2010, 06:28:03 AM
Once an app store has you locked in to its "buy-here-or-get-out" structure, what's to keep the owner, e.g., Apple, from taking 35, 40, and eventually 50% of your 99 cents? If you protest, what are you going to do -- shut up, take less, and be happy for the privilege of being ripped off.
true,
that's could be the biggest problem for the developers, and possibly for the users in the end


If you know of an example where a "payments technology company" such as Visa or PayPal ever take less and reduce fees, I'd love to hear it.
when they are in direct competition with other like companies.
Apple is in competition with others but once they get people to buy into the hardware it's back to your first point Wink
5187  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: App Culture vs. Free Culture on: July 08, 2010, 02:39:32 PM
Is 30% that bad when you consider it means you don't have to set up a store, actually handle credit card fees, or pay for the bandwidth? I'm seriously asking as it doesn't seem that bad to me. I dislike Apple's policies and the corporate attitude they project, but I'm not sure I see this 70-30 split being so outrageous.

It's outrageously high, I think. You do 100% of the work and they take 30%! Why not 5%?

if you sell a product directly to a [real] shop, in my experience they usually put minimum 100% on top of your price i.e. a 50-50 split of the retail price.
70-30 is actually 42% on top of your selling price FWIW   [edit] I've no idea how this would normally work with online retailers [/edit]
 
I'm not trying to defend the system (or Apple :p) just throwing it out there.
Also, of course, what's quoted in the last two posts...
5188  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ...and you thought your country had it tough on: July 08, 2010, 02:31:20 PM
totally off-topic:

interesting to learn about Taglish at that link:
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BOOM ako dun.. sabi ko baket ganito ito? then binuksan ko yung Kingston Flashdrive ko na 4gb to compare the components at puro chipsets lang ang nakita ko sa Kingston 4gb Flashdrive ko.

pero yung 2gb microSD na nakalagay dun sa flashdrive na CDRKING ko gumagana pa sa mga CP kaya hindi WASTED yung Memory nung flashdrive, only the reader itself lang.

nagkaroon pa ko ng 2gb microSD ng wala sa oras na pwede ko gamitin sa CP kaso generic lang ito for sure. hehehehe!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taglish [the Philippine language Tagalog ... infused with American English]
5189  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Fallacy of One Thing Leading to Another on: July 08, 2010, 03:44:20 AM
There is surely lots of hypocrisy in this world.
But because 'shooting heads off and blowing up limbs' is "acceptable" doesnt mean that something else should be acceptable.

I'm maybe not a good guage of this - I'm no gamer. But, when I was growing up horror films were hugely popular. There's something there, some reason people want (need?) them. I'm not sure why. With the erotic stuff I reckon it's more straight forward:-
most societies distort and/or supress [ I dont even know what to call it - sexuality; the 'natural' course of events - whatever that is: most of us dont seem to know any more. I'm 46 yrs old and feel like I'm only starting to figure it out - YMWV ]. In fact I wouldnt be suprised if that's where the love of violence is coming from too..

So, while I think banning the symptoms of a problem are not a real solution, I think apologising for them is no solution either [edit] - although maybe no harm to get people thinking [/edit]
5190  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of JungleDisk and ZumoDrive on: July 06, 2010, 08:31:45 AM
thanks again for the 'continuing story' wraith  thumbs up

I always thought using Jungle Disk with Amazon S3 would have the advantage of being able to read the files via other apps - e.g. Cloudberry, or possibly amazon's new online 'Console'. But this is not the case - it's a garbled bunch of folders (here at any rate - disclaimer: I was using an older version of Jungle Disk till lately)

Have only recently started using the new version 5 of Super Flexible File Synchronizer (SFFS) to backup directly to Amazon S3.
I can check the results using the above mentioned means

I previously mentioned SFFS/S3 here, and Amazon's Console here (also Cloudberry mentioned in both those threads)
5191  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: July 06, 2010, 08:11:29 AM
Oh well... I didn't even realize it was my 1000th until Curt said something... then I accidentally replied to the post instead of editing, letting that moment slip by...
 (see attachment in previous post)

1001 has a nice symmetry though cheesy

(and thanks for the reviews thumbs up)
5192  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lifehacker's Guide to Ripping and Converting Flash Videos on: July 06, 2010, 03:07:17 AM
I am trying to find some sites that do Mp4 conversion from Youtube. Any advice?

I was using Dirpy.com for a while for converting to mp3 - downloads as mp4 as well but havent used it that way.
Lovely easy interface
5193  News and Reviews / Best E-mail Client / Re: DreamMail on: July 05, 2010, 10:20:55 AM
Hi kycochise,
do you know is there a page for DreamMail in English or maybe in another european language?
I could only find this (Japanese?):
http://www.dreammail.org/
this was no help:
http://www.dreammail.org/gb/

There is an older thread from 2007 - with same title, also in this section:
DreamMail
The programme seems to have been updated since that time**, so the problems reported there are hopefully no longer relevant. Personally I gave up my 'trial' of it at the time as keyboard shortcuts didnt work for me (with a german keyboard anyways), and also, more importantly:
I've realised two things -
1) I dont seem to be able to export my mail from Tbird/ import Tbird mail to DreamMail
2) it doesnt seem to be possible to export my mail from DreamMail


** page linked to above says DreamMail v3.0.0.5
- other sites e.g. Brothersoft, have DreamMail 4.6.6.0
- in 2007 I reported an update to DreamMail 4.4.0.0
5194  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Buzz Folders - Open/Save Dialog Box Extender ( + Free Version ) on: July 01, 2010, 03:48:15 AM
looks very nice smiley

A couple queries:
1) How do you actually bring it up - does it show automatically, or do you use a shortcut, or does it add an icon to the dialogue?
2) Do I understand correctly that the Global tab shows recently accessed folders (from all apps) ?

I find the pricing system a bit top heavy - the extra options in the elite version cost another 18UK£ (making it double the cost of the next version) - to be honest I'm not even sure what some of those options are ('File list', some of the size/resizing options). Maybe some more details there might encourage some people to pay the extra.
5195  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Meet the new FOG! Same as the old FOG? on: June 22, 2010, 09:20:25 AM
this should nearly be split to a new thread (?) [edit] on second thoughts probably not [/edit] -
I'd like to see a good discussion about Illustrator vs FreeHand vs ?? but I dont want to take over here...
I bought CS4, havent really used the damn thing yet (long story) & now CS5 is out with some (more) ideas taken from FreeHand (which is a good thing).  
Upgrade ONLY $199 Wink

Fontographer is aimed at pros, hence the high-ish price tag  - relatively cheap though compared to photoshop @ $700 Wink
If you're doing something every day all day it's worth chipping out for the programme that does it best and easiest - if you're lucky enough to find one that is both... I've never used this or any font creation programmes for that matter, I'll leave that to the pros smiley


[edit] of course the question for anyone thinking of buying or upgrading, is, as your title Curt: "the new FOG! Same as the old FOG?" [/edit]
5196  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: What hotkey(s) do *you* use to trigger FARR? on: June 22, 2010, 09:00:13 AM
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Either WINDOWS key was held down. These keys are labeled with the Windows logo. Keyboard shortcuts that involve the WINDOWS key are reserved for use by the operating system.

from:

  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms646309%28VS.85%29.aspx

Am I not supposed to use the Windows key for my own shortcut key definitions?

I've read somewhere: the deal is 'reserved' - i.e. at some stage some one of your key definitions could be taken over by a new universal shortcut from MS
5197  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Meet the new FOG! Same as the old FOG? on: June 22, 2010, 07:23:16 AM
I was wonder about this being a patched up version of a very old programme. But then most of the apps that do well & are continuously updated are just that.
As for interface, if it's good, keep it
An example (maybe of both points) being Illustrator, I jumped from version 8 (1999?) to CS4 & was appalled to often see the same unwieldy interface...

speaking of which:
Now if somebody would only resurrect Aldus Freehand  Kiss  I'd be one happy camper!

would the macromedia version not do ?? (see my signature)
5198  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloudberry S3 Explorer and Bucket Explorer on: June 21, 2010, 01:20:06 PM
Amazon S3 Console

The AWS Management Console now provides a simple and intuitive web interface for managing your Amazon S3 resources. You can manage your existing Amazon S3 resources, as well as create new buckets and upload objects to your buckets using the console. The console simplifies managing your Amazon S3 resources by enabling you to:

    * Access your Amazon S3 resources from anywhere using a web-based user interface.
[...]
    * Manage buckets with billions of objects. The console also works with folders and objects created using many popular third party tools.
_

I tried this out earlier - it hasnt worked yet for me (it is in beta). [...]

this has improved a lot - it like a basic one pane file manager (it just shows buckets on the 'tree' side).
you can:
  • create new buckets, folders,
  • to open, delete make public
  • cut, copy, paste
  • upload

it cannot handle drag & drop from file manager (to Opera at any rate).
If e.g. you simply want to check if a backup has worked, this if great
5199  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Old) Creativity is not Design - Taking the Andy Rutledge Test on: June 21, 2010, 08:22:11 AM
thanks Paul !
this is very interesting - especially for someone who isn't trained in design but is dabbling
I about half way through it -
doing okay so far but will have to get a little clarification on some points from a friend who is a designer (I sent him the link: "well all that made perfect sense to me. So I must be some sort of designer" lol)

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Too often I notice designers and non-designers alike equating creativity with design. I find this assumption disturbing because it is one of the many fallacies that allow unskilled but creative pretenders to consider themselves capable design professionals when they’re nothing of the sort.
let's see, I've done the same with photography, writing, and now with design... smiley
5200  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Should we merge the complaints and compliments section into other section? on: June 20, 2010, 01:39:50 PM
agreed

There's often posts in the living room or even the software section that could be moved here but it serves no real purpose (I think)
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