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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: July 02, 2015, 11:12:44 PM
Summarizing some lessons learned from the recent project:

  • Hiding nail holes -- i did this completely wrong.  i did it the way i've done it when painting: sink nail holes; fill with wood putty; sand; then paint/stain.  completely wrong way for staining.  even "stainable" wood putty does NOT take stain well. proper way when staining is to just stain over the sunken nail holes.  THEN fill with COLOR-MATCHED rubberized filler pencil.
  • Drawers -- definitely doable; in future i would leave myself a bit more gap room.  good news is that this false front method is really forgiving -- even more so when you drill the pull holes slightly large, which gives you yet another way to adjust to fronts.
  • I should have bought a mini table saw.  especially for the drawer fronts, the accuracy from a hand held circular saw is not good enough, makes life much harder.
  • Don't oversand the veneer plywood -- i started to sand through some areas on the top, and it did cause some areas of blotching and some small areas of ripouts and rough areas.  i read about avoiding this but it's easy to have it sneak up on you.  i got dangerously close to a problem,
  • Wipe-on poly is a pain the ass in how long it takes; i don't know that i would use it again for such a large piece, but it definitely helped avoid runs and brush strokes.  it was a good idea to use brush on poly on the areas other than top and face.
  • I wish i could see how it would look with a much lighter color.  i think it would have resulted in a much nicer looking piece of wood furniture in terms of being able to see the grain and details; might not have fit in as well in my apt.
  • A huge amount of money and time was spent testing stains and just doing a million little details.  I do this all the time, it's not a good cost-benefit tradeoff.  Next time i think i would just rush through the project.  might not be quite as good but would take 1/4 the time and 1/4 the cost.
102 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR in other languages? on: July 02, 2015, 06:55:58 PM
that's an odd request, scmaybee -- can you tell me a little bit more about what you'd like to do?
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: July 02, 2015, 05:33:40 PM
Thanks for the compliments!

I did this mostly for the experience -- and i think i'd have a hard time advising someone to do the same -- in most cases you'd be better off buying something already made --  save yourself the hassle.
The one benefit of making it yourself is getting the dimensions and areas exactly how you want them..

For example in my case:
  • It's hard to see but that small area above the drawers hold the center speaker and some plugs and wireless switch, hidden behind a custom-built little inset speaker grill i made that pops out with a spring.
  • Behind the books on the left is space for a rather substantial 8"x14"x4" battery backup UPS power supply that everything plugs into (cut out in the back).
  • Where the stereo rack is, the back is cut out for access, and the cabinet is 16" deep, just deep enough for my htpc.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: July 02, 2015, 02:09:05 PM
Some final photos.  It's hard to take a photo that doesn't look REALLY dark and shadowy.  In real life, although it is dark, it doesn't look quite so shadowy, and looks more like normal dark wood furniture.
I think it looks a lot better in real life than it does in the photos.

Overall I'm very happy with the new media center, though I'm not sure I would do it all over again given the time and money it took (because of my inexperience).


Finally now I can get back to DC work!
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to take a very long screenshot on: July 02, 2015, 12:05:41 AM
As others have said, my Screenshot Captor has several ways to capture any kind of scrolling window, including a powerful manual mode that will work in any scenario.
So if you failed to get it to work you might want to experiment a bit more and then ask for help in the Screenshot Captor section.
106 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: File naming template on: July 01, 2015, 12:48:09 PM
Ok so it seems the problem is with it failing to save that value on system shutdown -- I will fix.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: July 01, 2015, 12:45:25 PM
I'm finally finished with the finishing. Finally.
Not fun.  I would think twice about using wipe-on poly for big things in the future -- just takes too long to build up.

I went with satin as the final coat and am happy with that decision (somewhat ironic since my initial idea was to buff to a mirror gloss).

I'll post new photos soon.
108 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: IE says FARR "Signature invalid" [?] on: July 01, 2015, 05:07:30 AM
That's infuriating.
The file is fine, the digital signature is fine, it's just internet explorer being stupid (probably what it's unhappy about is the use of sha1 in the digital signing key, which is being gradually phased out by browsers; they are supposed to report something like "the signature is valid but should be updated soon").
Just choose to keep the file when IE asks you, or use a different browser.

Hopefully they will fix this, until then just ignore it.
In the future I will have to experiment with changing the digital signature algorithm to see if there is something that can be fixed to appease the monsters.
109 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea For A Reddit Reader on: June 30, 2015, 05:12:57 PM
This is intriguing.. But are there existing Reddit reading clients out there already? That would be the first thing to look into.  I'm curious to know the answer.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Software with this feature on: June 30, 2015, 02:11:55 PM
Tomos, I already moved it here smiley
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / MOVED: Some Thoughts on Sony's DPT-S1 (Digital Paper System) on: June 30, 2015, 05:15:15 AM
This topic has been moved to Mini-Reviews by Members.
112 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: (Beginner) Where is "Blend mode "Multiple"?? on: June 29, 2015, 09:00:26 PM
Thanks for pointing out that text, i will fix it to "Multiply".
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The conflict of interest that is Google on: June 29, 2015, 08:09:34 PM
Another article on google leveraging search to self-promote:

114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 28, 2015, 06:24:03 PM
Unknown.  However, while they are relatively pc-savvy, they have been, until now, very cavalier about security.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 28, 2015, 03:31:46 PM
I think the honeypot concept mouser is talking about involves more of a "mousetrap" aspect; an application places a special file or fake network connection that looks (to a ransomware program) like something it would want to access and modify, but is in fact actively monitored by said 'honeypot' application such that when the file or network is accessed, the process doing the access is immediately targeted and shut down.

116  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Hardware mini-Reviews Section? on: June 28, 2015, 12:25:08 PM
Of course, instead of a new section, the current mini-reviews section's scope could simply be expanded to include hardware (?)
i'd prefer this solution -- too many sections as it is!
117  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Some Thoughts on Sony's DPT-S1 (Digital Paper System) on: June 28, 2015, 05:33:06 AM
Thanks for posting! For those who aren't familiar, this is a large format e-reader that is appealing for those of us who have been looking for a digital replacement for reading full-sized (i.e. academic) pdfs and ebooks:


Doesn't appear to be any auto-cropping of whitespace
that's too bad -- i've found it's a useful feature when space is limited on a mobile device.

Didn't expect to use the stylus to create notes, but much to my surprise I've come to use it
nice.  so will it remember notes you write in the margins while reading pdf files?
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: June 27, 2015, 06:25:53 PM
Are you using gloss for the build-up coats?

yep -- i've read it's best to use gloss for all but final coat.

wow, aryq's a real woodworker!! nice!
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: June 27, 2015, 02:47:38 PM
Haven't read this yet, but it sounds neat:

Just My Type by Simon Garfield

"Simon Garfield’s Just My Type presents an entertaining history of fonts, from font "pirating" dating back nearly as far as Gutenberg to the creation of Comic Sans and Ikea’s font-change controversy. With a variety of recent, news-making examples and font samples throughout, Just My Type explains how and why certain fonts can elicit emotions or gut-instinct reactions. Garfield’s humor and historical anecdotes add to his deep understanding of how something as simple as font choice can speak volumes about our cultural climate--and why it’s so easy to agonize over what font to use on a party invitation. Whether you’re already a font aficionado or can’t tell the difference between Times New Roman and Arial, this entertaining history will give you a greater appreciation of the typefaces that surround you every day. --Malissa Kent"

More info here:
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: June 27, 2015, 02:38:43 PM
Finishing has begun.. I'm using standard brush-on polyeurethane on the insides, and a thin wipe-on poly (General Finishes Arm-R-Seal) for the top and face frame.  I decided to go with the wipe-on poly for the top and face frame because i wasn't confident in my abilities to brush on a smooth coat. Given how slowly it's going on and how expensive it is, i'm having second thoughts, but i'm committed.

Will take me a few more days to put on all the coats, and then a week to dry.  I'll take more photos when it's done.

It's even more dark looking now -- I've resigned myself to it.  It's not out of place in my living room, where i have a dark wood coffee table, it just still seems like a waste since you can barely see the wood grain..

I'm thinking to go with "satin" as the final coat.  Any finishers have preferences for gloss vs semi vs satin?
121 Software / PBOL / Re: Requests: count workdays only and show workdays remaining on: June 27, 2015, 02:24:33 PM
Someone knows how to sweet talk me smiley

I will put it back on my todo list, shouldn't be very hard to add.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 27, 2015, 01:22:35 PM
Does anyone know of any mainstream security software that uses a "honeypot" approach of watching for certain files being modified?  i.e. which tries to catch these kinds of ransomware evils by catching and killing them as soon as they try to modify a document that the security software knows should never be changed/deleted.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Patent your mom tips on: June 27, 2015, 12:12:00 PM

The closing statement is great:
"Remember, an idea is like a seed -- it can only turn into a tree if you kill all the birds that are trying to eat it."
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The joy of seeing a first time forum poster on: June 27, 2015, 10:44:03 AM
The regulars on a forum like this one, make it what it is -- they create a tone and personality and make it a fun place to hang out.  This place is a little family to those of us who spend time here.

But it occurred to me today that infrequent visitors may not realize how nice it is for us when we see a "first time poster" -- a person who has decided to make their first post on the forum.

It's especially nice for us coders when we see a new person post about a program we've written -- whether it's to say they like it, or report a bug or suggest a feature.

It's just always a really nice thing to check the forum and see that someone new has decided to join the conversation.  Thmbsup
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: when Google fails..DC! Cut and paste text adding double carriage return option on: June 27, 2015, 10:29:09 AM
you should be able to do this with my Clipboard Help+Spell utility -- just create a custom format that adds the CRs or whatever, then you can access it from quick paste menu of CHS.
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