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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Freeware = CRAP! on: July 24, 2013, 01:56:12 PM
OP is a ...... oh wait...this is DoCo not Reddit...Sorry tongue
2  Other Software / Python / Re: Free Python & other books from Green Tea Press on: July 21, 2013, 10:29:44 PM
Hi langston. 

Firstly, Welcome!

Thanks for letting us know about Green Tea Press and becoming a Supporting Member of DonationCoder.com.

I think I speak for all of us here when I say I hope you find our community warm, and welcoming, and you can make a home here smiley

-Stephen
3  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: RegaLink on: July 20, 2013, 07:50:11 PM
  I would hate to see this become a bloated, bug filled app.  Add in too many request and that's what it may wind up as.....   ohmy

Hence why this is an experimental download, not even classed as Beta smiley - I want to see how the reaction is to it.

To be honest, I had not really planned to take this much further, hence why I released the code for it.  But, I don't mind adding a couple more features...Certainly don't see why it would be bug filled...Obviously not sure if this release has bugs...but seeing as I added very little and the code is simple as hell...it is unlikely smiley
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread on: July 20, 2013, 06:41:23 PM
Simple but delicious!

Pasta Bake:

Ingredients:

1 Bag of Pasta
Pasta Sauce of your choice
As much cheese as you can possibly stomach
Tortilla Chips

Prep:

Pre-heat the oven to 175c
Fill saucepan with water, add 1 table spoon of salt to the water
Bring water to the boil
Add pasta to the pan (As much as you want to eat...it tastes good the next day anyway)
Wait until the pasta is close to cooked and throw the pasta sauce into another pan, and cook until hot (DO NOT ALLOW THE SAUCE TO BOIL)
Add cheese to the sauce

Once the pasta is cooked, transfer to an oven dish and grate cheese on top...mix into the pasta. 
Add the sauce to the mix, and stir into the pasta so it is completely coated.
Grate cheese all over the top.
Add crushed Tortilla Chips over the cheese, then grate more cheese on top (Coat completely)

Place into the now heated oven for appx 15 minutes (Until you get a nice golden color on top) - If your oven has a grill point, it is always nice to grill the top for 5-10 minutes to give it some crispiness, but this is just my preference smiley

Remove from the oven and serve piping hot.  Add more cheese to it if you want (I do) and add salt/pepper to taste.

5  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: RegaLink on: July 20, 2013, 06:28:09 PM
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This is an EXPERIMENTAL download - THIS ONLY CONTAINS THE EXECUTABLE - NO OTHER FILES ARE INCLUDED

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS BUILD, PLEASE REVERT BACK TO THE PREVIOUS EXECUTABLE AND REPORT PROBLEMS!
6  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: RegaLink on: July 20, 2013, 06:20:09 PM
1. Specify URL.txt filename on the command-line. Critical-- since the program allows multiple instances to be active (yay!), it would be really great to be able to launch each one with a different URL.txt file.

- Can be currently achieved (rather cumbersome but works) by having the executable in separate folders for each task - Not the final idea...but until I implement CLI then it will have to do

2. Capitalize (not ALL CAPS) for the word "Add" on the right-mouseclick menu.

- Done

3. I believe that URL.txt files may be programmatically generated by processes; as such, these would be nice additions:

- Huh?

3a. Allow for a "heading" of some sort in URL.txt. When read, the list on screen has some heading displayed.

- I assume you mean in the Form Title? - I will add something temporary here until you reply (Check the settings window in the new version I will be uploading) Seems I added the temp idea - Press CTRL-R in the main window smiley

3b. Allow for a "separator" of some sort in URL.txt. When read, the list on screen has some separator displayed.

-More information please

3c. Allow for a "comment" indicator in URL.txt Simply skip the line when reading in.

-Not yet done

4. Header graphic control: if specified on the command-line, RegaLink will use a JPG file above the current multi-panel display. If the specified graphic is not found, isn't the right size, or otherwise strange, it'll use an internal graphic. This would go a long way toward customization and personalization, and even allows for integration with other programs.

-CLI not implemented yet - However, do you mean this to replace the "RegaLink" logo thing?  If so, I could quite easily just add this by loading up the graphic from the folder as a logo.png file, instead of containing the graphic inside the EXE, if this would help for now?

5. Color control for font, background, borders, whatever. Either ad hoc via command-line, or from a family of color choices, or even a config file? A config file might be a convenient place to park options.

- Added a stop-gap font option...currently doesn't save, but want to know if this is how you mean smiley

6. Font size flexibility: you'll be old someday too.


-As above

7. Change the time format to (something like) 14 May 10:25 AM: My thinking here is that year values won't really ever be needed, and quite probably seconds. A human-optimized date format

- Going to figure out how to user-specify this option smiley

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7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Micro-Fundraiser for the Official DonationCoder CodyMobile! on: July 12, 2013, 09:23:05 AM
Contributions still welcome
Here's a wheel nut…

Where the hell is the +1 button when you need it!
8  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Website backup software BackupSF Pro 56% discount coupon code today. on: July 11, 2013, 09:10:14 PM
Hi denn, thanks for letting us know!
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Online) Activities to do with a (long distance) friend or partner on: July 11, 2013, 09:04:44 PM
I would have to say Stephen really gave good advice on that. I have never been in a real long distance relationship so my advice would be rather noobish. I will say that honestly is always the key to any long lasting relationship.

Honesty, and openness are 2 seriously important factors in any relationship.  In a long distance relationship (which I am in), you should also have a LOT of trust for the other person, and never put too much pressure on them.

Also, along with that, you should always try to meet up as often as you can.  Communication, and mutual respect/love is one thing, but NOTHING can replace the feeling of holding your partner, or being next to them.  Yes, leaving them again will hurt, but...that will make you stronger smiley
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread on: July 11, 2013, 08:55:45 PM
Beef Lasagne

Preparation time:
25 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hours 10 minutes
Serves: 6



Ingredients:

   
  •     350g (12oz) lean minced beef
  •     1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  •     1 large clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  •     1 Beef Stock Cube - Beef reduction is a suitable alternative here
  •     600g canned chopped tomatoes
  •     2–3 tbsps tomato purée
  •     Handful of fresh chopped herbs, Try a mixture of: thyme, sage, oregano and rosemary
  •     Good pinch freshly ground pepper
  •     1 glass red wine (125ml) - Don't use cheap plonk or you will regret it.  Try to spend a decent amount on the wine...You can always use the rest for Dinner Drinks!
  •     175g (6oz) lasagne sheets


    Béchamel:
   
  •     425ml (¾ pint) semi-skimmed milk
  •     1 small onion and carrot
  •     Bay leaf
  •     25g (1oz) flour
  •     40g (1½oz) Parmesan cheese, grated

When cooking the béchamel, you could also try adding a pinch of nutmeg for additional flavor!

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to moderate 170°C (fan assisted), 350°F, gas mark 4.

2. Place mince, onion and garlic in a pan and fry, stirring until the beef is browned.

3. Crumble in the stock cube/pour in the beef reduction and stir in. Add the tomatoes, tomato purée, herbs, pepper and wine. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Meanwhile, cook the lasagne in boiling salted water for 10–15 minutes, until just soft. Drain and rinse in cold water.

5. For the sauce, bring the milk to the boil with the onion, carrot and bay leaf. Take off the heat and leave to infuse for 10–15 minutes. Strain the milk and place back in the pan with the flour. Stirring constantly, bring to the boil and simmer for 2–3 minutes until thickened and smooth.

6. In an ovenproof dish, layer the meat mixture, lasagne and sauce ending with the sauce and sprinkle with the cheese.

7. Cook in preheated oven for 30–40 minutes.

8.  Serve with a topping of cheese, and sprinkle on some rosemary over the top.
11  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: RegaLink on: July 11, 2013, 06:45:19 PM
Hey cci8j,

Just to let you know, I am actually fully recovered now, however, I must ask for a little more patience due to me moving 350 miles from my current location.  Once I am settled in there, I can finally sit down and do some serious coding (I miss it like crazy) smiley

Thanks for your continued support and loyalty!

-Stephen
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Online) Activities to do with a (long distance) friend or partner on: July 11, 2013, 05:20:39 PM
Well...being in that situation, I find communication is more important than ever.  Talking (SMS/Calls), sending little jokes, flirting randomly, or just having some fun on an online game together.  Also...I always find it fun, to send and receive pictures while walking around, just kinda "showing" what we are doing, makes it a little more "real" if you know what I mean smiley
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Project: The Naturals - An Upcoming RPG Boardgame on: July 11, 2013, 05:14:59 PM
Hey guys! 

Been awhile since I did a decent post about anything...Kinda been laying low for a multitude of reasons, but, since I know the guy who is making it, I figured I would give it a mention!

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Got to be honest...I personally don't know much about it, but I do know they are asking for as much help an input as possible, so, head on over to their Facebook Page and grab some more details!

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This is pretty much all I know about it...but it looks pretty cool, and I know they have been working on it for AGES!

So...Go check it out on their Facebook Page if you want to learn more about it, or keep updated!
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Post Your Cool Cinemagraphs Here! on: July 07, 2013, 06:30:01 PM
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15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Post Your Cool Cinemagraphs Here! on: July 07, 2013, 06:22:23 PM
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16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 30, 2013, 09:57:26 PM
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17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A few segments from the book I am writing: Critique welcomed! on: June 28, 2013, 01:20:17 AM
Remind me later on IRC Tao! xD
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / A few segments from the book I am writing: Critique welcomed! on: June 28, 2013, 12:27:00 AM
Below are a few short segments from a book I am currently writing.  I have omitted some sections after due thought, as they contain sexual content.  Anybody wishing to read one of these segments, PM me, and I will happily send smiley

Comments and Critique are warmly welcomed. But please remember...These are randomly selected segments so they don't fully tie in with each other.  I have done my best to have this where it reads without error, but, for some, you may notice certain points missing, and, that is probably the reason smiley



Intro

Really, there is no way he could have seen this coming.  Spending every day locked away in his own little world; friends all around, but loneliness so vivid.  Darkness was his companion, the light, his enemy.  Yet, somehow, through the mist, he saw something that made no sense, something he couldn't explain.  Words cannot describe the feeling that had come over him, and all he knew, was that something was changing...something strange, something wonderful, but also absolutely terrifying.  It took only a few moments for things to become clear, and he could see through the mist, he could feel the breeze.  Something whispered out to him, and he knew then, what he must do, to survive.

1

Things just didn't seem quite right, what with everything that was happening.  Days seemed short, the nights long, no matter what he said, there was nothing getting through, nothing had the power to break through the wall, and that left him with a heart so powerless, his soul fading like sheets blowing into the distance.  Hidden away, lost, and with an overwhelming loneliness thrust through his soul, he had no clue how to overcome the feelings of darkness that passed through him on a minute-by-minute basis.  Nothing seemed to help.  Life was slipping past him at an incredible rate, yet the world seemed to stay without motion, words resonating without echo, quickly evaporating into a hazy mist.

People move so quickly these days, but for reasons that are unknown, his feet are stuck in the quicksand he has created, lost in his own spirit, drowning in solitude, and with painful angst, he muttered slowly with every breath he could muster, hoping for some release, something to help him climb up from the bottom of this endless cliff, but that was a path he could not see.  It is amazing to think, that for a long time, these feelings where locked, like an ocean liner trapped in a bottle or a firefly lost in the sunset.
 

2


His mind twisted like branches around an old oak tree, trying to find resolve, desperate for an end, a way through, some meaning, some light, but nothing would go right, every turn was littered with voids.  He spent his days locked behind a glaring screen, sound coming through was muffled and empty, but it gave him a reason, a way forward, and a path on which to travel where he couldn't feel.  Every word he tried to say, came out backwards, and it was breaking him.

The sun was falling from the sky, causing shadows to leap and bounce along the building tops.  This was something he could enjoy, something that still felt right, which is why he got in the car so often at the end of the day, to find a spot to sit, somewhere to find solitude, even for a moment.  

Sitting there, he could think clearly, so clearly.  He felt warm, and safe, while on his own, but nobody could understand.  The pain in his heart, was breaking him.  Simply staying here, in the place he was, and the situation he was in, was going to kill him, no other way I could put that, so much easier to be blunt about it, and there lies the problem...on several occasions, it almost did.

Skeletons littering his mind,  ghosts of the past screaming into his soul, he needed an opportunity to relinquish some of the pain he was feeling, yet, there was no way out.  No matter how much they spoke, their words fell before reaching the intended destination.  He screamed out, but to no avail, his heart twisting with every word, beating faster than the wings of a Hummingbird in a calm summers breeze.  Every ounce of his being was on fire, and yet, he was, actually, happy...once.

3

Back in the beginning, when they first began on their path, he had nothing in his mind other than happiness that someone had paid him attention. Perhaps this was his downfall...Rather than going in for respect, or love; he joined for a sense of affection and the feeling of being wanted.  

Calmness never seemed to set over his body, instead, he was in a constant mist of confusion, on how somebody could see him this way, how, in somebodies eyes, he seemed sexual, and interesting.  She looked at him in a way he had never seen before, and he had no means of understanding what she was thinking when she did.  

Years had passes since that moment they set their eyes on each other; yet deep down, he still had no idea how to explain these feelings.  Was it love?  Was he content?  Was he comfortable?  Not even he could answer these questions.  

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My New Philosophy on: June 19, 2013, 02:50:00 PM
   If at first you don't succeed, your probably doing it wrong.....

If at first you don't succeed, make sure you have somebody you can pin it on.  tongue
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 17, 2013, 10:42:37 PM
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 17, 2013, 05:21:08 PM
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My New Philosophy on: June 14, 2013, 06:22:29 AM
  Your going to have to explain the word "foma" to me.  I tried looking it up but couldn't find it in Websters dictionary...   tellme

"Harmless untruths, intended to comfort simple souls. " IE:     Beneficial lies.

  Oh, you mean "Little White Lies".   tongue

From what I can gather.  Rather cautious about the description though seeing as I found it on Urban Dictionary lol
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My New Philosophy on: June 12, 2013, 09:08:05 PM
Live by the foma that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.

  Your going to have to explain the word "foma" to me.  I tried looking it up but couldn't find it in Websters dictionary...   tellme

"Harmless untruths, intended to comfort simple souls. " IE:     Beneficial lies.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / My New Philosophy on: June 12, 2013, 02:58:13 PM
"Life has a way of finding you
but only if you are willing to stand tall and be found."

- Me (2013)
25  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: RegaLink on: June 12, 2013, 05:57:20 AM
OK!

Let's get this done tongue

Firstly...the favicon thing...I will leave till last...had some issues with that before (couldn't figure out for the life of me how to get it to load without becoming immensely unstable lol

CMD Line stuff can be added pretty easily, so will do that later today.

ADD URL is now Add URL smiley

Date and Time format = Done

Font Size = Done

Colour Control = Done



Will release when I have added the features I mentioned here smiley
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