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51  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: "Rites of Passage" applications on: May 30, 2010, 09:07:53 PM
I would add, Interface-based application.  Working with Interfaces.
52  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Hotkey Organizer $13.33 on: May 28, 2010, 08:15:08 PM
Thanks for that list, rjbull.  I was not aware of those applications!
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to use Google to collect specific text snippets? on: May 28, 2010, 08:11:34 PM
I believe Google accepts Regular Expressions.
Why not simply TRY IT AND SEE?

I used the string below (no quotes) and got some very interesting results.

/^[once upon a time]\S+[lived happily ever after]/

A variation would be
/^[once upon a time]\W+[lived happily]/

Good luck.
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cell phone number porting on: May 27, 2010, 10:32:38 PM
Your number CANNOT exist with two carriers at the same time.

Exactly how the transition takes place is really up to the new carrier (what their procedure is).
I would suspect (I would like to hope) they provide you the new phone and then give you an option to determine/control when you have the number ported.  The actual process of porting the number takes only a few minutes.

55  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Incomedia 30% off on: May 24, 2010, 03:14:13 PM
That looks like a terrific deal.
Since you own Evo 8, perhaps you can tell me if the HTML it produces is 'clean'.
I am really tired of WYSIWYG "webpage" editors that generate JUNK.
56 Software / Circle Dock / Re: "CleanDesktop" - The Sarge's latest challenge to the developers! on: May 24, 2010, 03:04:53 PM

Unfortunately I don't have access to PC with XP loaded right now - but will have in ten days' time when I'm back in the UK for a few weeks.


May I suggest using VirtualBox to build an XP machine (image) for testing.  As a matter of fact, you can build multiple versions (SP1, SP2, etc) and use the same license!!
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [HELP REQUEST] Please quickly review my new Twitter client on: May 24, 2010, 02:55:06 PM
I love the idea and am anxious to try this (sorry I missed your original post; it appears you have gotten a lot of good feedback).  I will consider myself part of the "second generation" of testers!
At first look it appears to be something that just might give me an excuse to use Twitter more than once a month.  LOL

I have a account.  Can I configure this client to use MY account when converting URLs?
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: website maker? on: May 21, 2010, 08:39:28 PM
Don't forget there are still some of us "Old Farts" who create HTML/CSS/Javascript with notepad or VIM.
In that case there was no "generator".
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google demonstrates new communication platform "WAVE": mail, chat , wiki, .. on: May 21, 2010, 08:37:23 PM
I have been using WAVE for quite a while now for:
Archive of images/ideas
Maintaining personal notes and TODO lists

Now, I admit it is NOT the perfect tool for every job.  I use to schedule meetings and for TODO lists with deadlines/notification and git for archive/retrieval.
But I do find more of my data stored "in the cloud".  Google Docs provides an outstanding alternative to [overpriced and overrated] MSOffice.  I have even drifted away from OpenOffice in favor of GoogleDocs.
Picasa provides a great alternative to Photoshop; with online storage built-in

One day I will wonder how I can survive without an Internet connection (and Google).
60  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: A NANY 2011 Coders Requesting Funding Idea: Feedback Wanted on: May 16, 2010, 07:31:20 PM
I think the idea has merit.  But it does seem we need a bit more 'brainstorming' before it can be finalized.
61  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: FPS Creator: How to Make Your Own First Person Shooter Game for Free on: May 16, 2010, 07:29:36 PM
This has been around for quite a long time and boasts a decent sized user base.
I have "tried them all" and I recommend:
  If you really want to get your hands dirty (C++), choose Dark GDK {there is a .NET version but it is a clumsy port IMHO}
  My favorite is DXStudio.  I have a blog with tips/tricks based on my experience.

DXStudio uses ECMA Javascript (before you balk, give it a try!) and has the absolute best support on the planet.

62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Psychology of the Sale on: May 14, 2010, 11:35:34 PM
Advertising is an old business...

It has been said that Prostitution is the Oldest Profession.
In disagreement, I proport that Advertising is the Oldest.

My evidence is the fact that even Prostitutes had to Advertise!
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need recommended site for online data storage with ftp capability on: May 14, 2010, 11:30:34 PM
My hosting account with Dreamhost includes the capability to backup ANYTHING I want and access it with FTP or SCP.
Here is their description of the service they offer:

You do, however, get one user per account where anything legal may be stored; your Backups User.

This user cannot have any websites pointed to it, nor may you share files via it... it is only to be used as an off-site backup for your personal files.
As such, we keep no backups of files on this account. These are already supposed to be your backups... not your only copy!
(Of course, you should always keep your own copies of all data stored with us.. we make no guarantees!)

Every full DreamHost Hosting plan includes 50GB of backups space!
(Additional usage will be charged at the rate of 10 cents / GB a month: the best backup deal on the net!)

You may access your backup user via ftp, sftp, scp, and rsync!

64  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your preferred font? on: May 11, 2010, 07:56:36 PM
I have always preferred Tahoma or Verdana.
Plain and simple.  Shows well on screen and in print.
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Email change notification solution? on: May 11, 2010, 07:55:36 PM
What I have done (in the past) is to modify my signature line as soon as I know my new email address.
Then, over time, as I communicate with people they get the update.
Honestly, if anyone is 'left behind', it is because they are not in my current circle of communication.

My 2 cents (I expect change back).
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Let me Google that for you on: May 11, 2010, 08:34:41 AM
That's on par with, "What's the number for 911?"  (or similarly, programming 911 as a speed dial entry)
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dagnabbit - I want my cercle! on: May 10, 2010, 08:17:15 PM
What is a cercle?  I cannot find it in the dictionary.
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: May 10, 2010, 08:15:54 PM
I think I misread this thread title.  But I wanted to offer that I have been using Google WAVE for Note-Taking and Brainstorming.
It is great for collaboration; although it requires a little patience getting accustomed to it - because it is so 'different'.
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Instruction manual creation recommendations? on: May 10, 2010, 08:13:54 PM
I would offer a word of warning: be sure to keep some sort of backup copy of EVERYTHING.
Especially with MSWord, there will be a time* when a user makes changes to a document and it becomes unreadable.
I am a big fan of git for version control & backup.  I acknowledge that 'average users' are not able to understand the concepts of version control.
But, one of the great attributes of git is that all the revision information can be 'transported' easily (it is maintained in a single folder).  I have done precisely this, in this way:
  • I have a 'controlled' copy of everything on a server (in a share only I have permission to)
  • Using git I can capture changes - as the 'updates' are passed to me by other users (in my case it is only ONE other person)
  • That server-backed copy of my files becomes the MASTER.

Good luck.  Your task is complicated by the fact that, besides managing information (and the technical logistics) you must manage people and "The Idiot Principle" [a kin to The Peter Principle].

*When that occurs and you think back to this post, you can call me "Jeanne Dixon". LOL
70  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Friendly 404 on: May 09, 2010, 08:27:13 PM
I REALLY like that one.
It is obvious, cute without being annoying.

Thumbs up from me!  Thmbsup
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My new digital camera... on: May 07, 2010, 11:01:22 PM
Congratulations on your fine new pix device.
I am shopping for a high-end DSLR right now.  What made you choose THAT ONE?  Your ideas would be very helpful for me.
I am just about to buy a Canon EOS 550D.
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Which prize would you choose? on: April 15, 2010, 08:52:50 PM
I would choose neither.
I don't believe in sweepstakes (aka gambling) and never participate.  Afterall, by never expecting something for nothing I am NEVER disappointed!
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: GoggleClean 2011 on: March 30, 2010, 10:38:27 PM
...collects many personal information about you
I leery of advertisement copy that not use English language very good.
...stops Google from spying you.
When grammar sound like Yoda, I not good feeling about it.
...switches off spying functionality in Google programms.
What's a programms?

How do you know Google is collecting personal information?

This is just crap to steal money from fools.
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Return of the Commodore computer name? on: March 17, 2010, 07:44:29 PM
...the company's monumental advertising campaign will have had its effect ("something like you've never seen in your life," as Altman described it to us on the phone this afternoon) ...
If it is UNsuccessful, the computer may be dubbed "The Commode"!
75 Software / Finished Programs / Re: ReplaceAbsolutePaths (RAP) on: March 17, 2010, 07:40:39 PM
Sorry!  I had thought the Coding Snacks section was only for things requested by others.  Guess I shoulda asked before posting... redface

For future reference, what's the difference between posting in Coding Snacks or the "Other programs" section?
That's a great question I would [also] like to know the answer for.

Thanks for this really cool utility!  It will make my life easier.

"If necessity is the Mother of Invention, then laziness must be the Father"
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