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25926  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR can't list system entries... on: April 22, 2006, 05:38:43 PM
it's coming in v2 but check this thread for carol's workaround for including control panel items:
http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=3324.0
25927  Other Software / Programming School / Places to learn how to program on: April 22, 2006, 05:24:52 PM
I'll start us out here but please post replies with your favorite forums, websites, etc.

Free Programming E-Books

Tutorials
25928  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Panda3d - nice looking new 3d game engine on: April 22, 2006, 02:19:27 PM
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Panda3D is a 3D engine: a library of subroutines for 3D rendering and game development. The library is C++ with a set of Python bindings. Game development with Panda3D usually consists of writing a Python program that controls the the Panda3D library.
Panda3D is unusual in that its design emphasis is on supporting a short learning curve and rapid development. It is ideal whenever deadlines are tight and turnaround time is of the essence.



from digg.com programming section
25929  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Window manager/organizer on: April 22, 2006, 02:04:27 PM
I read DNeb's idea on Joel's page and i think it's actually a nice one.

Basically he wants to be able to say to the program (maybe through right-click and choosing "Memorize" in system tray), for the program to memorize the size and positions of any visible windows.

Then when he wants (from right-click and choosing "Arrange") for the program to take any visible windows that it has previously memorized position and size and restore them to their positions and sizes.

I think this is a really nice idea.

Might I add it would be nice in an advanced version to work with multiple layouts:
1. Be able to save multiple layouts by name (ie it should ask you to name your layout when you click Memorize), and then choose from the right click menu which layout to invoke.
2. Be able to delete layouts.
3. If you really want to be clever, have a double-click find the stored layout with the most matching windows visible and activate that one.

I'm looking forward to this tool, I think it would be useful.
25930  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Man Using Paper Clip to Barter for House on: April 22, 2006, 01:54:47 PM
History of the PaperClip:



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...Johan Vaaler, a Norwegian inventor with a degree in electronics, science and mathematics, invented the paperclip in 1899. He received a patent for his design from Germany in 1899, since Norway had no patent laws at that time. Johan Vaaler was an employee at a local invention office when he invented the paperclip. He received an American patent in 1901 -- patent abstract  "It consists of forming same of a spring material, such as a piece of wire, that is bent to a rectangular, triangular, or otherwise shaped hoop, the end parts of which wire piece form members or tongues lying side by side in contrary directions." Johan Vaaler was the first person to patent a paperclip design, although other unpatented designs might have existed first.

American inventor, Cornelius J. Brosnan filed for an American patent for a paperclip in 1900. He called his invention the "Konaclip".

But it was a company called the Gem Manufacturing Ltd. of England who first designed the double oval shaped standard looking paperclip. This familiar and famous paperclip, was and still is referred to as the "Gem" clip. William Middlebrook, of Waterbury, Connecticut, patented a machine for making paper clips of the Gem design in 1899. The Gem paperclip was never patented.

People have been re-inventing the paperclip over and over again. The designs that have been the most successful are the "Gem" with it's double oval shape, the "Non-Skid" which held in place well, the "Ideal" used for thick wads of paper, and the "Owl" the paperclip that did not get tangled up with other paperclips...
25931  Special User Sections / Podcast Radio Show / Re: Podcast Audio Radio Show - Upcoming Show Planning on: April 22, 2006, 09:20:03 AM
i received a fantastic segment from zaine for the radio show, so we're making progress.
but we still need more segments!!

i'd love to hear some man (or woman) in the street interviews with just normal people walking down the street.. reminder: there will be a nice prize for best such entry!
25932  DonationCoder.com Software / UrlSnooper / Re: Help with this url please on: April 22, 2006, 06:30:51 AM
ahh i see your problem.

you need a program that can record real media streams.
search for: Streambox Vcr or Net Transport (those are the 2 i know but there are others as well).  StreamboxVcr is abandonware but works well.

See this post for some good resources links: http://www.donationcoder....forum/index.php?topic=7.0
25933  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Contest - Make a new Banner for Website on: April 22, 2006, 06:00:39 AM
hahaha i love the view of cody in a bubble (or in some plasma field or something) smiley

just for the record though, it's a bit too large - see the dimension limits stated above.
(it's a lso a bit dark on my bad monitor)
25934  DonationCoder.com Software / UrlSnooper / Re: Help with this url please on: April 22, 2006, 05:58:07 AM
that's an easy one, url snooper found it as (5.8mb):

rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/news/olmedia/n5ctrl/progs/06/hardtalk/nicholson13apr.rm

you really shouldn't have had any trouble getting the url from urlsnooper unless you've got something misconfigured - it should be picked up as soon as you start viewing the video, and it's the only url it should find if you have "multimedia urls" selected as the protocol in url snooper.
25935  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: this is the first site I ever donated to... :) on: April 22, 2006, 05:48:32 AM
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I must admit that this is the 3rd site I have donated to however.
cheesy

welcome to the site tony.  Thmbsup
25936  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your favorite computer game from when you were young? on: April 22, 2006, 05:47:20 AM
never heard of alley cat - got a pic?
Cloq - gabriel knight was excellent.
25937  Special User Sections / Podcast Radio Show / Re: Podcast Audio Radio Show - Upcoming Show Planning on: April 22, 2006, 05:43:11 AM
love it - perfect show music!  cheesy
very catchy, da dum da dum da dum da da.
25938  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: joel (love to hate him) spolsky writes another must read column on: April 22, 2006, 05:39:31 AM
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By Joel Spolsky
Thursday, April 06, 2000

wtf! ok my bad.  it's an old article i thought was new.

i guess i should leave up this post since
1) it's still a good article
2) it's a testament to others what happens when you post beyond your bedtime.
25939  Other Software / Programming School / Instructions for Programming School Teachers on: April 21, 2006, 08:19:50 PM
some instructions for teachers of these sections when you make a challenge assignment:

  • Use the topic: Read Challenge Assignment Here
  • Use Message Icon: Question Mark
  • Make sure you check the boxes at the bottom labeled: Lock this topic. and Sticky this topic.

Text for the post should be:

[copy or print]
[u][b]Fun Assignment Title[/b][/u]

Assignment Instructions

Bonus:
1. harder bonus1 assignment - make it more challenging and try to include 1 or more bonuses to challenge more advanced coders.
2. harder bonus2 assignment.
3. harder bonus2 assignment.


[hr]

Submit your solution by making a new post on this section.  Your post will only be readable by other who have also solved this assignment.
Only after you successfully complete this assignment will the next one will be unlocked.

25940  Other Software / Developer's Corner / joel (love to hate him) spolsky writes another must read column on: April 21, 2006, 07:33:04 PM
i cant say i like joel but you simply cannot deny he is a damn good and insightful writer.

latest article is quite good:

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Things You Should Never Do, Part I
..
Well, yes. They did. They did it by making the single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make:
They decided to rewrite the code from scratch.

http://www.joelonsoftware...ticles/fog0000000069.html
25941  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: the ├╝bergenerator for htaccess on: April 21, 2006, 04:36:32 PM
great find - extremely useful.  thumbs up
25942  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your favorite computer game from when you were young? on: April 21, 2006, 04:09:54 PM
i remember that game!
but how can you forget Lode Runner:

25943  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: New program and author on the site: Random Mix Tape Maker on: April 21, 2006, 04:06:00 PM
hahaha smiley  good man  thumbs up
25944  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: New program and author on the site: Random Mix Tape Maker on: April 21, 2006, 04:04:43 PM
seedlings forum section: http://www.donationcoder....rum/index.php?board=162.0

ps in addition to comments remember to send seedling some DonationCredits if you use the app!
25945  DonationCoder.com Software / Seedling's Software / Re: Hi Everyone on: April 21, 2006, 04:00:12 PM
very fun program, i'm sure it will get some good use.  Thmbsup
25946  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / New program and author on the site: Random Mix Tape Maker on: April 21, 2006, 03:55:31 PM
one of the longtime (but mostly quiet) members on the site, seedling, has submitted an entry to the BCB contest, and decided to join the DonationCoder.com site programmers.

His first program, Random Mix Tape Maker, is quite cool, and I hope you will all welcome him to the site!


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Random Mix Tape Maker allows you to create custom playlists from multiple mp3 file sources on your system.

You can use these playlists to burn fresh, always new compiliations to a CD or drag & drop to your portable mp3 player, or just save a playlist for your listening pleasure. You have complete control as to how the playlists are created. Controlling such things as song length, compilation size, compilation length, and files/directories you want to exclude allows you to custom tailor playlist creation to fit your needs.

Making "mix tapes" is as old an idea as the tape recorder itself; Random Mix Tape Maker was made to create a compltely unique list of your favorite songs every time you use it, thus taking the hassle of searching through specific songs every time you want to make a mix of your own. Use it to make fresh mixes for your own listening pleasure, or use it to turn your friends on to your genre of music.


  • Limit created playlist by total song duration (good for burning audio cds)
  • Limit created playlist by filesize (good for burning mp3 cds/dvds)
  • Limit minimum and maximum durations of songs to incldue
  • Recursively searches directories; easy to search one or many.
  • Flexible blacklist let's you easily skip songs or directories you don't want to include.
  • Full drag+drop support into the program and from the program out to other apps.
  • It's fast - just keep hitting the randomize button till you get a playlist you like.
  • Can randomize existing playlists instead of directories if you prefer.
  • Output displays mp3 tag info or file paths.
  • Creates playlist files or plain text output.
  • Double click to preview a song from the constructed playlist.


glad to have you aboard seedling!
25947  Special User Sections / Borland C++ Builder Contest / Random MixTape Maker on: April 21, 2006, 03:52:54 PM
a member of the site, seedling, has submitted an entry to the BCB contest (MixTapeMaker) and agreed to make it available for download on a donationcoder.com page.

very neat program and a great entry; we welcome seedling's software to the site.


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Random Mix Tape Maker allows you to create custom playlists from multiple mp3 file sources on your system.
You can use these playlists to burn fresh, always new compiliations to a CD or drag & drop to your portable mp3 player, or just save a playlist for your listening pleasure. You have complete control as to how the playlists are created. Controlling such things as song length, compilation size, compilation length, and files/directories you want to exclude allows you to custom tailor playlist creation to fit your needs.
Making "mix tapes" is as old an idea as the tape recorder itself; Random Mix Tape Maker was made to create a compltely unique list of your favorite songs every time you use it, thus taking the hassle of searching through specific songs every time you want to make a mix of your own. Use it to make fresh mixes for your own listening pleasure, or use it to turn your friends on to your genre of music.



  • Limit created playlist by total song duration (good for burning audio cds)
  • Limit created playlist by filesize (good for burning mp3 cds/dvds)
  • Limit minimum and maximum durations of songs to incldue
  • Recursively searches directories; easy to search one or many.
  • Flexible blacklist let's you easily skip songs or directories you don't want to include.
  • Full drag+drop support into the program and from the program out to other apps.
  • It's fast - just keep hitting the randomize button till you get a playlist you like.
  • Can randomize existing playlists instead of directories if you prefer.
  • Output displays mp3 tag info or file paths.
  • Creates playlist files or plain text output.
  • Double click to preview a song from the constructed playlist.

25948  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Better XP AltTab Task Switch on: April 21, 2006, 11:20:18 AM
welcome to the site redcat71!  Thmbsup

im looking forward to seeing if anyone knows any,
but one of the ideas for farr v2 is to add this functionality to farr, which is a nice idea.
the general idea is that you might be able to perform operations on running apps, including "switchto" and "kill"
25949  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: highlight on: April 21, 2006, 10:27:36 AM
that's an interesting idea.. let me consider adding it as an option, though there is stuff ahead of it in the queue.
25950  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / MOVED: Were you a radio interviewer or disk jockey or producer in a past life? read in! on: April 21, 2006, 09:16:02 AM
This topic has been moved to Official Announcements.

http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=3330.0
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