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1  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Beginner needs help on: March 01, 2015, 11:48:38 AM
By the way, there are a bunch of videos showing how to get the most out of Screenshot Captor here:
2  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Beginner needs help on: March 01, 2015, 11:48:02 AM
no worries, welcome to the site  Thmbsup
3  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Beginner needs help on: March 01, 2015, 11:25:01 AM
Best not to post your email on any public forum -- you never know what spam bots might stumble across it and start sending you spam.

It sounds like perhaps something is not working right with the shift+prtscr function for you -- what you should see is a crosshairs where you can click down with mouse button and drag until youve selected the region to copy and then release.
But it sounds like you are saying it's not drawing that crosshairs correctly and your whole screen is being painted with lines?

You also mention wanting to be able to manipulate the image.

Let's handle one thing at a time.  If you hit PrtScr, it should capture the entire screen image, and then let you manipulate and edit image inside screenshot captor program -- allowing you to drop, save, etc.

Does at least that basic functionality of Screenshot Captor work for you? So it's ONLY the Shift+PrtScr region capture that is not working right?
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for program that can copy folder hierarchy with checkboxes and size est. on: March 01, 2015, 11:20:59 AM
What's also not ideal, is that ticking a folder does not automatically tick the contents of that folder, (yet those contents will copy). It's a bit ambiguous
agreed. the standard behavior in apps is usually that ticking and unticking a parent will recursively tick or untick the children.  i wonder why dir opus doesn't follow that convention.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for program that can copy folder hierarchy with checkboxes and size est. on: February 28, 2015, 10:17:47 PM
Thanks for the replies folks.
Tomos those are some pretty neat Directory Opus tricks, I may have to explore the flat and checkbox modes in a bit..
Having said that, it actually looks like perhaps Beyond Compare, one of my most essential tools -- may be able to do this flawlessly.. Another victory for BC... with the added bonus that I already own it!
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Looking for program that can copy folder hierarchy with checkboxes and size est. on: February 28, 2015, 12:08:53 PM
I'm looking for an app that would let me select from a deep hierarchy of folders -- checking the folders i want to copy to a destination folder, while showing me size estimates of the total selected, and then copy from source to destination.

An example of using this would be if i have a large music collection and i want to copy a subset of it that will fit on a 64gb drive.

The key is being able to check/select arbitrary items at arbitrary locations in the hierarchy, and keep the hierarchy intact when copying.

Anyone know of a tool that can do this?
7  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: Didn't I used to be able to... on: February 28, 2015, 10:25:17 AM
good to know that was the cause -- surely there must be some option that can be tweaked to fix it -- and please let malware bytes know about the problem!
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: February 28, 2015, 06:45:20 AM
The girl who gets gifts from crows:

Wild crows fly up and drop small objects in front of her. They're gifts. For the past 4 years, she's fed them scraps for fun. Now they're expressing their loyalty.


9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Leonard Nimoy, Dead at 83 on: February 28, 2015, 06:37:19 AM
I think the role of spock had such a profound influence on many of us kids who grew up with the original star trek - a kind of alternative role model.  And there was never a moment's doubt about the authenticity of the performance by Nimoy -- he made it real.
10  Other Software / Developer's Corner / A comprehensive commentary on (mobile) app/site "onboarding" on: February 28, 2015, 06:27:04 AM
For those interested in user interface design -- especially in the mobile app world, here's a website that does a pretty impressive job of examining, critiquing, and comparing the signup ("onboarding" in fancy lingo) process for different apps:


from http://waxy.org
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ghacks is dying and needs your help on: February 27, 2015, 04:31:09 PM
You can also paypal to him directly by sending to: martin@mysega.de
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Ghacks is dying and needs your help on: February 27, 2015, 03:51:04 PM
Martin Brinkman, who started the Ghacks blog back in 2005, has written a post asking for some financial support from all of us who have benefited from his writing over the years.

A search of the donationcoder forum turns up HUNDREDS of posts mentioning ghacks, and few websites can match ghacks in terms of caring about independent coders.. Martin always spreads the word when he spots a new DonationCoder app he thinks is useful.

So I'd like to ask everyone who wants to show some support for ghacks to go over and read martin's post here: http://www.ghacks.net/201...dying-and-needs-your-help

We small independent sites need to stick together and support each other! I have donated a small amount on behalf of DonationCoder folks, but if you can donate a few bucks to him, please do.  If you can't, then consider taking a minute to at least post a comment of support on this blog to let him know his work is appreciated!

And let's show Martin that we DC people do not forget our friends.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pick a number between 1 and 10 on: February 27, 2015, 02:36:53 PM
My guess would be that decimal based would be considered the default.  Therefore if one sees 0xFF on the page and says "two hundred and fifty five," one would be correct.

Well I was really asking if there was a logical way to speak such numbers WITHOUT converting them first to base 10 and speaking in base 10.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pick a number between 1 and 10 on: February 27, 2015, 12:46:11 PM
Far be it from me to inject a real question into this thread, but here is a real question:
In our normal base 10, we have a protocol for SPEAKING large numbers, so 154 is "one hundred and fifty four".
Using the same logic, what would be the generic method for similarly SPEAKING large numbers in other bases?
15  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: request: Increase search text input length. on: February 27, 2015, 07:25:30 AM
I'll see what I can do.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: False Positives OpEd from WinPatrol on: February 26, 2015, 06:12:28 PM
That quote is absolutely outrageous.. Shame on google.
17  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: SC inconsistent behaviour when capturing a "blank" window. on: February 26, 2015, 03:48:17 PM
When you ask SC to capture the active window (Alt+PrtScr) instead of the whole screen or select a region, it tries to use an elaborate mechanism to capture semi-transparent border areas found in newer version of windows; this is how SC can nicely capture curved corners on windows.  That process causes a flash of black and white behind windows when you do such captures.

There may be some apps which for some reason don't react well to such attempts -- i can't say for sure why, though it may be because they dont respond to repaint messages.

Anyway, one fix is simply to capture the entire screen and then crop from within SC, which should have already selected the active window region so you only have to press crop button.

The other alternative is to tell SC to not try to capture transparency for windows (see Widow Capturing tabs in options).  This will have the benefit of making active window captures faster.

Let me know if that solves your problem.
18  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Artificial intelligence bests humans at classic arcade games on: February 26, 2015, 01:18:52 PM
I don't mean to sound harsh, and please don't take offense, but I don't think it's helpful saying things like "Q or Reinforcement Learning feels like a bit of partly complicating the obvious" without understanding the math and foundation for these algorithms.  Q-learning and other reinforcement learning techniques are elegant, efficient, and based on very sound principles.  They aren't the holy grail of human-level intelligence but they are very elegant algorithms. There are great books on this stuff for those who want to learn about it.  The now classic book on reinforcement learning is by Sutton and Barto (here), which I recommend.  

ps. Your idea to use an expert to initialize training and start as a baseline is an area of active research in current AI -- and in fact was part of the early days of AI.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware on: February 26, 2015, 12:57:58 PM
A hardware jumper to enable any firmware flashing seems like a great idea for all devices.
20  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Artificial intelligence bests humans at classic arcade games on: February 26, 2015, 12:09:23 PM
There has been some buzz recently around a few articles that demonstrate machine learning in the video game domain.

Here's one writeup:

Artificial intelligence bests humans at classic arcade games

For the academically inclines, I would recommend:
Playing Atari with Deep Reinforcement Learning

Which talks in detail about the methods used.

The use of the term "deep" seems to me to be as much about coming up with a catchy term that has gone viral and is being hyped like mad -- and has little innovation behind it -- but the new wave of practitioners using neural networks for large scale problems are getting undeniably impressive results.  

Again, getting back to the video game results:

There is nothing particularly novel in the approach -- the domain is wonderful, and the basic focus on using the same architecture and parameters to tackle a large collection of learning problems -- and using large dimensional raw input, is great.  And the results are impressive.  Again -- in my mind this is more a story of the new wave of practioners who are getting very good at leveraging fairly standard neural network techniques on larger and larger problems.

Having said that, this line of work offers little qualitative improvement on the hard problems in AI -- on serious multiscale hierarchical planning, scene recognition, etc.  For that we are still waiting for some paradigm shifts.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: February 26, 2015, 08:36:52 AM
Shades idea of trying a portable version of FF (if such a thing exists) is a good one.
22  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Far Cry 4 was amazing on: February 25, 2015, 06:13:23 PM
Just finished playing Far Cry 4.  Starts out slower than Far Cry 3, but every bit as good.
Incredibly impressive open world game.. The feeling of being in a living breathing world is palpable. I saw a bear attack a herd of yak's, a leopard jump on a bear, etc., etc.
And the graphics are incredible.  It's easy to see how in our lifetimes videos games are going to be built on top of full blown serious ecosystem simulations.. pretty amazing stuff.
Easy candidate for best game of the year -- as positive as the reviews were, I think this game is being underrated (perhaps because it starts a little slow).

Warning: This is a very violent game series -- one thing that sucks is that you have to hunt animals in the game.

Other reviews:

Video review:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dop7lsV8k3s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dop7lsV8k3s</a>
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Renaming" a Windows 8.1 system that already has Office 365 installed on: February 25, 2015, 03:07:01 PM
I'm with Ath, I am hard pressed to think of any reason it would mess up anything.
24  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Problem: episodic FARR error - a non-appearing active FARR window. on: February 25, 2015, 11:50:29 AM
Do you have any network mapped drives? Launched any files that are on sometimes-removable hard drives?  If you open your file explorer, do you seen any drive letters that are from a scanner or similar device?
25  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Help creating a custom script to modify format on: February 24, 2015, 05:16:27 PM
ok this is a bit convoluted, but should work in CHS:

go to the search and replace tab and you will create 3 entries in this order:

First, a regex one:
Find: ^([^\-\+]+)([\-\_])([^\-\+]+)([\-\_])([^\-\+]+)(.*)$
Replace: $1DASHSEP$3DASHSEP$5$6

Next, a regex one:
Find: [\-\_]
for Replace put a single space

Lastly, a non regex (though shouldnt matter):
Replace: -

What this does: Changes the first two dashes (or underscores) into the word DASHSEP
Then Replaces all remaining dashes/underscores into spaces
Then puts back the first two dash/underscores with dashes (note that if the first two were an underscore they will change to dash).


You might still be better off learning to use a simple scripts with CHS because that would allow you to tweak things like this and do more complicated stuff.
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