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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: March 01, 2014, 04:56:09 AM
We have some CleverCat that made his her 1100th post:
....
 Thmbsup

FTFY smiley
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are Tables Required Or Not? on: February 28, 2014, 03:44:23 PM
[edit]
My primary purpose for using tables is to arrange data in numerous grids of related and structured information in order to evaluate different related entities.  I do this so various items can be compared as to determine the "best" choice.  Once I have made a decision the table serves as a referential repository.  It is not uncommon for me to edit the tables numerous times a month.  You might call my grids, "Living Tables."  I hardly ever store data in any other form.  As an example, I use a table to create characters for my fiction.  Each row is a character with the columns being criteria of the character's person (eye color, hair color, build, temperament, etc).  This allows for great checking and cross-referencing of the necessary conflicting attitudes and temperaments which allows those wonderful dramatic tensions.
[/edit]

I think a database type IM might be what you need here. You can create fields/columns for the different attributes. But you would have many advantages over simple tables:
you could e.g. have sub-items/hierarchy under each character with related ideas
you can give items multiple parents i.e. show in multiple locations
sorting can be a lot easier than with tables, although this might not be an advantage if writing within the "table"

Worth checking out this thread too: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager". There are other ideas there that may well suit better.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Spider Oak Purge on: February 28, 2014, 03:53:27 AM
I didnt even realise (or had forgotten) that Spider Oak keeps older versions.

According to this help pdf:

Historical Versions
[...]
3: Documents that have historical versions saved will be followed by a number in paren-
theses which indicates how many historical versions SpiderOak has saved For example:
file.doc (3)
-
now I'm confused:

1) when I look (online) I see the files backed up (and up-to-date) - but none of them have a number in brackets after them - even though I've been working intensively on some of them lately.
2) I cant even see my files locally in the installed software - I can only see folders...

I've looked through preferences and find no reference to historical versions. I will have to have a closer look at their help files.

I'm not relying on SpiderOak for this, but OTOH it's no harm having it.
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: February 27, 2014, 11:59:53 AM
And, to mix things up a little -
for an awesome first post from someone with an awesome name: Duke McAwesome


[attachimg=#]

 Thmbsup
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: February 27, 2014, 09:35:10 AM
^point taken Iain.
And thanks Stoic for the viewing tip smiley
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Clever color folder on: February 27, 2014, 05:14:37 AM
I think you'd be better off using an Information Manager e.g. one where you can simply link to videos; and expand the outline to see what has linked content and what is still 'empty'.
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: February 27, 2014, 05:11:12 AM
I hadn't realised that GCHQ/NSA were apparently so amazingly up to their armpits in deliberately fomenting revolution/war [...]

this is not directly related to the linked presentation (? - it may be implied, but not clearly - although I would have been happier if the images were bigger, i.e. I may have missed something).

And I'm not saying they're not - and you may even have posted before here about it - but if you're going to throw out a statement that bald, it needs/deserves a reference/link.
83  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: How to auto-save just captured pciture? on: February 27, 2014, 03:52:26 AM
And how can I re-enable this editor window later again?

Wouldn't it be better to offer this option in Preferences dialogs?

I'm not sure if that's in Preferences - I would presume it's in there somewhere, but I access it either:

  • right-click tray icon > After Capture show > [choices]
    or
  • via the Quick Capture bar which is enabled by default AFAIK (auto-hiding toolbar top of screen)
    the button to the left of the Settings (Tooltip: "Select post-capture options & actions")
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My pop/imap Android experience on: February 27, 2014, 03:27:39 AM
If your settings seem fine your best bet may be to blow them away entirely (you may want to export them from the main screen first) and set it up from scratch as a new account. In my experience not only is that usually the fastest solution (with any email client, not just K9), but sometimes it's the only thing that works.
-
I tried out imap (EM client) on my desktop for the first time lately - the account was acting funny and this was the advice I got from support. It's working fine now.

FWIW, I run it side by side on my desktop** with Thunderbird which is using pop3. I also use EM/IMAP alone on a second machine. Didnt seem to cause any problems (beyond the initial - solved as Vurbal recommends) but tbh I still mainly use Thunderbird or gmail on the web..


** EDIT/ clarification - I use one or the other, not both simultaneously
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YouTube finally forces creation of google+ A/C to comment on: February 27, 2014, 03:21:47 AM
They should give you a job wraith!
It's not as intuitive as they think (I did look at a few introductory videos and pages when I started) and the interface (as usual) could do with a bit of work.

Anyways, I'll stick with it for YT, and possibly expand it into other areas of interest. But the fact that google doesnt not allow me to g+ articles unless I use my real name is a big turn-off there. I'm not even looking for workarounds there - it pisses me off enough that I just wont currently expand my use of it. FWIW, I'm considering using my real name i.e. my google account name, but I hate the pressure, I find I stop thinking objectively about it ;-)

Another thing that bugs me is the content of the advertising - they keep suggesting that I follow people like Britney and her ilk ohmy I thought they had a little intelligence: they know my YT viewing history; I do very occasionally watch a 'popstar' video, but the music I watch is 99.999% either older (rock/pop/reggae/punk etc.), or traditional (Irish etc.), or Bluegrass, or jazz recommended on dc, i.e. *nothing* that is currently mainstream. Maybe they are at a loss what they could to sell me!

But anyways, I really just wanted to talk about the experience, and in general (in spite of my moaning), I've gotta say I'm enjoying it.
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YouTube finally forces creation of google+ A/C to comment on: February 26, 2014, 04:50:42 PM
On another note:
what I find unforgiveable is, that they have stolen the Ctrl+PageUp/PageDown keys for their own purposes thumb down
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YouTube finally forces creation of google+ A/C to comment on: February 26, 2014, 04:34:50 PM
I'm using G+ so far more or less as my YouTube account.

Trying to keep it minimal, not "subscribing" to too many people. One guy uploaded about 60 videos in two days, so yesterday I tried to mute his posts - his posts from today are shown twice [edit] in notifications [/edit] (but in fairness, I haven't seen much bugginess apart from that).

A strange thing about G+ is that you can follow anyone - I'm not clear what exactly this means - can they still post stuff yet hide it from certain, or all followers?
That aspect doesnt actually bother me, but there's a streak of being a stalker in 'following' - I follow you: you have no idea who I am, or why I might be following you. You check out my site, maybe I dont make public posts (I do, as it happens).

I nearly prefer the FB approach where you make a request. But either way, my ideal would be that you would have to type a few words when choosing to follow someone. That person might not even read it - but if they choose to, and are interested in what you say, they could then follow up on you (apologies for the sort-of pun), and maybe even follow you.

I can see it being more suited to more wordy posts. Meaning I dont see it as being particularly suited to YT. Mind you I prefer to look at my G+ page than my oversubscribed YT page undecided

But I aint particularly happy with either.
88  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 26, 2014, 03:00:02 PM
It looks like it is a bit hehind other tools though, here is the 47k PNG produced by pngquant:

all I need is a GUI ;-)
but I do have IrfanView installed (thanks for the info).
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: February 26, 2014, 02:49:36 PM
with apologies for lowering the tone embarassed (NSFW)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT9xuXQjxMM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT9xuXQjxMM</a>

in my defence, it was the "Against" in the title that stuck in my head - I knew it reminded me of something....
90  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 26, 2014, 01:28:59 PM
Learning here Thmbsup

I'm curious -- what software did you use Jibz, in the examples above?

Example #2 is ~40% smaller than example #1 - I dont see any loss of quality thumbs up
That could be very helpful occasionally. Cant imagine myself going to the trouble of reducing the bit depth, but who knows, could be helpful too someday.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dropbox and privacy (or lack of) on: February 26, 2014, 01:16:22 PM
I wonder does all that stick - I mean does it really work if they just say you agree to not do a/b/c? A lot of it seems unreasonable, but I guess the real point is whether it's legal.

I almost posted about the email from dropbox the other day:


email from dropbox about changes to TOS:
We want to let you know about some upcoming updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. These updates will go into effect on March 24, 2014.

You can find more details on our blog, but here’s a quick overview:

    We’re adding an arbitration section to our updated Terms of Service. Arbitration is a quick and efficient way to resolve disputes, and it provides an alternative to things like state or federal courts where the process could take months or even years. If you don’t want to agree to arbitration, you can easily opt out via an online form, within 30-days of these Terms becoming effective. This form, and other details, are available on our blog.
    We’ve added a section to our Privacy Policy that discusses our recently launched Government Data Request Principles. We’ve also made clarifications to better explain how our services will use your information. For example, we explain that when you give us access to your contacts, we’ll store them so that you – and only you – can do things like share your stuff easily, no matter what device you’re using.
    We’ve also updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to better explain and reflect our growing list of features for Dropbox for Business customers.

While we’ve simplified much of the language, our commitment to keeping your stuff safe and secure hasn’t changed. We don’t sell your personal information to third parties. We don’t serve ads based on the stuff you store in our services. As always, your stuff is yours.

If you have any questions about these updates, you can read more on our blog or email us at tos-questions@dropbox.com.


TOS: https://www.dropbox.com/terms2014
Blog: https://blog.dropbox.com/...ing-our-terms-of-service/
92  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 26, 2014, 10:30:11 AM
^ I'm pretty confused there Jibz embarassed

  • 1) I dont see any option to change bpp in Screenshot Captor(?)
  • 2) I presume the default in SC is 24bpp?
  • 3) all screenshots say 24bpp in the statusbar, yet you label #3 as 8bpp
  • 4) what are the k numbers - I know k is a thousand ;-) but is it number of pixels? (240k etc)
  • 5) is the idea that the optimisier reduces the image size, but keeps the quality?
    Or is it simply to improve quality of lower quality images (#3 =>#4 above)?
    I dont see any difference between images #1 & #2...

93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Voynich Manuscript -- Serious Progress Decoding it on: February 25, 2014, 04:05:12 PM
Has anybody successfully downloaded the Bax PDF here? I can only get to about 91% before the download hangs no matter how I try to pull it over.

... that's a dc link (? get's a 404 at that :p)

edit - this must be the link:
http://stephenbax.net/wp-...-partial-decoding-BAX.pdf
(try clearing your cache or using a different browser, if that doesnt work I guess we could re-upload it here (?))
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 25, 2014, 04:03:01 PM
^I guess I'm a bit late, but I just discovered this...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=048fBXwc1tI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=048fBXwc1tI</a>
or,
a little tweaked:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnPJg8_lzls" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnPJg8_lzls</a>
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: February 25, 2014, 02:47:53 PM
From Arizona's link:
Quote
When it froze withdrawals earlier this month, the company cited a software bug that allowed people to "use the Bitcoin network to alter transaction details to make it seem like a sending of bitcoins to a bitcoin wallet did not occur when in fact it did occur."

"The problem we have identified is not limited to MtGox, and affects all transactions where Bitcoins are being sent to a third party," Mt. Gox added in a statement on its website.

It will be very interesting to hear exactly what happened - I presume it will come out as some stage.


You were saying...?
and you are saying ... ? tongue


if the powers that be really wanted to hurt Bitcoin, right now all they'd need to do is shrug and say "Oh well!" about the theft - and decline to get involved or open an investigation...Looks like Japan has already decided to do exactly that.


Consider: It's private and anonymous by design. There's no transaction trails. No provable ownership of accounts. No direct path of responsibility. No insurance or regulatory requirements in place. No laws broken...so where could the regulators or police possibly step in to assist?

As you say, I dont think there's much that they can do anyway.
I dont see regulation or government backing as a saviour of Bitcoin. I think the governments dont know how to regulate Bitcoin itself - okay, the exchanges could be regulated as you say. Me, I'd like to see it succeeding in spite of no government regulation or backing.

I dont have any Bitcoin -- but if I did -- from what I've read and listened to (e.g. Andreas Antonopolous) I would not be using an exchange anyway - I'd be keeping my Bitcoin offline (I dont even have a clue how to do that but apparently there are ways). But going back to the quote at the top of the post, this might even not be enough.
96  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: [SC] Minor Requests on: February 25, 2014, 05:51:26 AM
Hotkeys:
[1] request the ability to crop via shortcut -
this is usually all I do in SC, so would be great if I could just select my area and e.g. Ctrl+Enter to crop (or even just Enter?)

currently 'Ctrl+R' does what you want. is this request meant to add another hotkey for the image crop?

oups...
I better read through the menus to see what else I'm missing out on undecided
(thanks lanux!)
97  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / [SC] Minor Requests on: February 25, 2014, 04:58:00 AM
hi mouser,
I had a couple of minor requests, so thought I'd throw them in together.


Hotkeys:
[1] request the ability to crop via shortcut -
this is usually all I do in SC, so would be great if I could just select my area and e.g. Ctrl+Enter to crop (or even just Enter?)

[edit] this exists embarassed Ctrl+R (thanks lanux128)[/edit]

[2] I've been using SC for years now, but I still struggle with the Ctrl+Q shortcut to delete a file:
Ctrl+Q is used by many apps to close the programme (I think it's origin is in graphics programmes, maybe from the mac world?).
(But I can understand reluctance to change a long standing shortcut - is customisation of menu shortcuts outside the realms of possibility?)


Pixelation error:
[3] [Very minor] confusion re pixelation:
a long time ago I got into using huge blocks for pixelation:

[attachimg=#]

I had forgotten this, and lately got this error when trying to pixelate a line of text (which wasn't high enough to cover one "pixel"):
---------------------------
Screenshot Captor
---------------------------
Floating point division by zero.
---------------------------
OK  
---------------------------
took me a while to figure out what the problem was - would it be possible to make the error message more informative?
Or are my pixelation setting completely off? (Default is 5/50 for min/max)

btw here how that image above pixelates

[attachimg=#]
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 25, 2014, 03:32:18 AM
the really funny part is that you got them back to front Grin Grin Grin

 Grin

yeah,
I was wondering why Rolf Harris was on Sky News (I see it's wrong at source too).
99  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 24, 2014, 02:06:15 PM
Hi LiDale,
I think png is the default filetype - this is the best quality for screenshots anyway. Avoid jpg completely here (files are smaller but quality is worse).

You mention PDF - are you using PDF anyway? - or are you asking if it's better quality than the others? If the latter, again, I'd say just stick with the png filetype.

Here's my settings -

[attachimg=#]

The dpi and colour are default - no need to change them (dpi may vary according to your monitor).
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Voynich Manuscript -- Serious Progress Decoding it on: February 24, 2014, 01:03:38 PM
Enjoyed thumbs up
Pretty bizarre...


(sound unfortunately not great)
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