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25926  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR version 2 - discuss the best way to handle 'actions' on: February 06, 2006, 01:08:59 PM
i think the option to remove the ACTION box might be reasonable -
maybe even have an option to switch between double editbox mode, and single editbox stack/queue mode, if we can figure out the best way to do that.
25927  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mobysaurus V2.4 Preview 2 on: February 06, 2006, 01:07:35 PM
this would be nice to be able to resize the window to any "reasonable" size.
25928  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR version 2 - discuss the best way to handle 'actions' on: February 06, 2006, 12:43:42 PM
jdmarch said:
Second, the visible presence of a default OPEN/LAUNCH/RUN verb, in the first entry field, provides a visual clue that other verbs are possible.

i find this reasoning very compelling, and it also attracts me to the idea of multiple edit fields.

imagine two edit boxes:

ACTION: [FIND_______]
OBJECT: [___________]

cursor could start in OBJECT field, where you could type the name of a file pattern and it would behave exactly as farr currently does.

but you could also hit up arrow to go to action field, where it would select/prehighlight the word FIND and you could just start typing another action, like "kill".  as soon as you enter the upper field, the results would switch to the actions list to select from.

after selecting an action, the tab or down arrow would take you back to OBJECT field.

we could also have the OBJECT field auto detect when you type an action and a space as your first word, and automatically fill it in on the ACTION field (while leaving it in the OBJECT line if deleting would be confusing).

the benefits of this approach would be
1. the 95% case requires no extra steps, you start the program and start typing to find an object to launch.
2. good visual feedback about how to change an action
3. very easy to change actions and select from a menu (just hit up arrow to go to ACTION field, then tab or down arrow to go back to OBJECT field)
4. pure commandline mode supported by autodetecting common actions typed in OBJECT field
5. obeys the rule of always specifying a verb first - which lets you do things like specify a verb of KILL and having the results list show a list of running processes that are searched when you are in the OBJECT field.
6. could have an option to start in the ACTION field for people who prefer that.

1. you need two editboxes visible - annoying for people who prefer a streamlined tiny look.

however - it may be possible to use only edit box and a queue/stack like effect where we push the FIND action on the stack to start with but give user a way to backup over that - its the same idea but a different way of displaying it.  i think basically the effect is the same but it might be more streamlined, but significantly more confusing for new users.

well one more benefit of the queue/stack effect, which could be substantial, is that it allowsq queueing of a string of objects, not just one for each editbox.
hmm still something to chew on...
25929  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: serious winamp security risk on: February 06, 2006, 10:44:43 AM
people need to be careful of this and upgrade, it is being exploited in the wild:
25930  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR version 2 - discuss the best way to handle 'actions' on: February 06, 2006, 10:02:38 AM
right this makes sense - basically you are saying, if you type the name of a program already running, switch to it instead of launching a new copy.  ill add this or an option for this.

i could also add an option to use a special command called "switch" if people did not want this behavior by default.
25931  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Vote for what Review to do Next on: February 06, 2006, 09:50:43 AM
carol, there is a new section on the board for this, along with it's own poll:
25932  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Companies paying people to say good things about their products on forums on: February 06, 2006, 09:40:55 AM
i've posted this and made it sticky because i want everyone on this forum to pay attention to this completely outrageous technique of marketing.

the intention of DonationCoder.com is to be a helpful resource for the members of this site.
we hope also to be friendly and helpful to companies and programmers, especially small independent coders; especially donationware and freeware coders, but also to shareware authors.

i see it as a win-win situation when companies offer discounts and get some attention here, and members get a good discount.

i have my own personal opinions about software i love, and i expect many of you do as well, and we all want to hear when someone genuinely loves or hates a program.  i think the mini reviews by members are one of the great resources on the site (thanks zaine for making us give this a higher profile).

i have no reason to suspect anyone on this site would be promoting a program for reasons other than their own true feelings, but it needs to be said that if you say good things about a product and you have some connections to the company or some financial interest, and you do not reveal this fact, we would look on this in an extremely serious and negative light, and would take action to make sure that everyone knows such a company could not be trusted.

the same goes for the reviews, etc.  posting positive comments about a program in return for payment is wholly unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  there is always a danger of such things because companies try hard to get good word of mouth.  but keep in mind that if we find out such a thing has ocurred it will end up hurting your company in a much more severe way.

[note: this does not prevent authors or people affiliated with a company from posting a comment about their application or recommending it, you must simply make clear that you are affiliated with the product].
25933  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Companies paying people to say good things about their products on forums on: February 06, 2006, 09:33:42 AM

Article about Geurilla marketing and NVIDIA paying people to build up reputations on forums so that they can later say good things about the product:

About a week ago, The Consumerist stumbled upon claims made by various gaming websites (specifically, Elite Bastards and Beyond3D) that graphics chip manufacturer Nvidia, in cooperation with the Arbuthnot Entertainment Group (AEG), had seeded various gaming and PC hardware enthusiast sites with pro-Nvidia shills. That is to say, that AEG would hire employees to create ‘personas’ in various gaming communities, slowly building up the trust of other members by frequent posting unrelated to Nvidia, to later cash in that trust with message board postings talking up the positive qualities of Nvidia’s products.


[link from boingboing]
25934  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Revitalizing the Reviews - Everyone Read in Please on: February 06, 2006, 09:20:26 AM
it's worth pointing out that most photoshop plugins also work with many other graphics editors, including paint shop pro and some free ones.
25935  DonationCoder.com Software / ContextMenu Commander / Re: ContextMenu Commander on: February 06, 2006, 08:41:11 AM
i really look forward to writing about context menu commander when it comes out..
basically ive been spending a lot of time making a really nice friendly and very powerful infrastructure for letting users design custom hierarhical menus and stuff, which would be useful for designing custom context menus, launch bars, and more.  i'm really very proud of it and i plan to be using it in several programs.

but the good news is that the code is specifically designed so that a very lightweight windows dll will be used to handle the context menu stuff.  in fact because of the way the cmc is being designed it will be incredibly light on resource usage smiley
25936  DonationCoder.com Software / ContextMenu Commander / Re: ContextMenu Commander on: February 06, 2006, 06:34:05 AM
the 2 things you requested will be in context menu commander for sure.

release date is a bit hard to estimate - i've been working very hard on the shared infrastructure that will be used in a series of programs inlcuding contextmenu commander, and the first app to use this will be launch bar commander and it looks like farr 2.  contextmenu commander is a joint project with another programmer so it's a bit harder to give a real date.  However, a good deal of the code is already written and working, so it's not vaporware, just a matter of scheduling smiley
25937  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Filthy Rich on: February 06, 2006, 05:53:30 AM
carol - ROFL!!!   Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
25938  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder.com Logo Contest is Over - We Have a New Official Mascot/Logo! on: February 06, 2006, 01:54:38 AM
the new cody is now official, look at top of this page and on site pages and you'll see him in all his shaded glory.

the previous cody has been given a very generous retirement package and is now on a worldwide vacation romp.. i expect we might be receiving some postcards from him in the near future.. keep your eyes open..
25939  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Revitalizing the Reviews - Everyone Read in Please on: February 06, 2006, 01:18:21 AM
Do we have any serious photoshop users here? I'm thinking it might be fun to set up a regular series of photoshop filter reviews.  These wouldn't be nearly as exhausting to do as normal reviews since i think each plugin would be an independent little review.  But we'd want to find one or two people to do a whole series of plugin reviews, not just one or two.
if anyone feels like they'd be interested in this and has the skills to do it, mail me (mouser@donationcoder.com).
25940  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR version 2 - discuss the best way to handle 'actions' on: February 06, 2006, 01:09:02 AM
jd can you talk a little bit more about what you think the ideal way would be to tell farr to switch tasks?
25941  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / stripgen - make your own comic strips - wow on: February 06, 2006, 12:06:35 AM
found this while looking at Cliff's latest newsletter (http://freewarewiki.pbwik...om/ClifsCurrentNewsletter),
it is a super cool flash thing for making your own comic strip type things; fun to use too:

Stripgen: http://www.thirdframestudios.com/adgame/stripgen/

25942  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Form Letter Machine - soon to recieve a spotlight on: February 05, 2006, 11:52:53 PM
for those that don't know, you can sign up at cliff's newsletter here:
25943  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Perils and Pitfalls of Agile Adoption on: February 05, 2006, 11:43:47 PM
Perils and Pitfalls of Agile Adoption

Agile development sounds great; what could go wrong? Matt Heusser examines some of the myths, mysteries, and classic mistakes in Agile development, including some things to consider before jumping into Agile with both feet.


[link from osnews.com]
25944  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ricky Gervais new audio show mp3 (from the british version of The Office) on: February 05, 2006, 11:35:12 PM
episode 10 is up.
25945  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Windows system tray clock replacement on: February 05, 2006, 11:00:14 PM
thanks for posting drivesoft, i was just going looking for this thread to add a pointer to the discount on clock tray skins, but you beat me to it smiley
25946  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: does anyone of you believe in defragmentation programs? on: February 05, 2006, 10:49:04 PM
i must admit to having kfitting's fears regarding defragging as well.. but i don't know anything about whether its well founded, it's just a gut level reluctance to having the hard drive going insane moving stuff around like mad more than it has to.  my general approach has been to use a defragmenter occasionally, maybe once every coupld of months.  but that's based just on superstition not on any informed information.
25947  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tonight show phony photo booth. on: February 05, 2006, 10:40:49 PM
25948  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Form Letter Machine - soon to recieve a spotlight on: February 05, 2006, 10:38:19 PM
congrats on being part of infopackets - i subscribe to it myself - nice mailing list smiley
25949  Other Software / Programming School / A bit of donationcoder.com history on: February 05, 2006, 10:36:11 PM
Before donationcoder.com existed, we made a forum to help motivate and teach a few friends how to program, it was called the C++ Programming School.

Basically it was a series of 10 increasingly difficult but still fun programming assignments, and students worked on them on their own and then submitted their programs for grading, where they then unlocked the next assignment/challenger.

When we started donationcoder.com we had a programming school type section also, but we removed it as their wasn't enough interest in it, but i thought we would bring it back in some form now.

I'm not sure if we will put assignments back up here.  There are a lot of more active programming learning forums on the internet (please feel free to post any you know of here).

But I thought that in the spirit of this site it might be nice to have a place where people just starting out programming, and people who want to learn, can ask beginner questions and not feel self conscious.

So feel free to use this area to ask very basic questions or get some advice about which language you might want to learn, what tools you might want to try, etc.

Programming can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable skills to learn.  It is not something you ever stop learning or getting better at, and in that sense it can be one of the most satisfying things to be involved in.  Some people take to it very naturally and others have to struggle at it, but the satisfaction is very real no matter what your level of skill.
25950  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Fewer system tray icons? on: February 05, 2006, 02:04:56 PM
also see this thread: http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?topic=2315

Author of PS Tray Factory has decided to make a 50% discount available to all donationcoder.com members throughout february.  now that's a bargain: http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?topic=2339
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