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25926  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Minimal WinXP system requirements? on: January 29, 2006, 07:17:46 PM
love it!
i have to say, and i'm not kidding, that this kind of stuff that people do, is what restores my faith in humanity.  taking an absurd idea and just going full out with the project in a professional way, i just love it  Thmbsup
25927  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AutoIt3 versus AutoHotKey on: January 29, 2006, 07:12:22 PM
Amadawn. i'm happy to host any such files; you can send it to me at mouser@donationcoder.com.
and anyone who would like to make available scripts or programs and stuff that they've written on a regular basis just contact me about making you a lttle webspace with ftp access so you can share your stuff with the world.
or you can always just attach it to a thread post and it will be available to everyone that way smiley
25928  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Revitalizing the Reviews - Everyone Read in Please on: January 29, 2006, 11:31:06 AM
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so my name has got to be on the review list somewhere - just try and keep me off it.

does this mean we should try to keep you off it but fail and put you on it anyway?  Grin
25929  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Revitalizing the Reviews - Everyone Read in Please on: January 29, 2006, 10:36:42 AM
im not asking for commitments to once per month - in fact im not asking for any commitments at all, just trying to find some people who are interested in embarking on a journey to make our review section a real showcase for the site, and expressing my own commitment to make sure those who put in the effort for this are appropriately recognized for the substantial contribution that their reviews make to the site.  i think having a regular frequent high quality review, syndicated in print, would let us reach a whole additional different group of people who would respond positively to the rest of the site once they found us.
25930  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AutoIt3 versus AutoHotKey on: January 29, 2006, 09:41:43 AM
id just like to say i probably should not have ever mentioned the term "autohotkey VS. autoit"
both programs have active communities and seem like fantastic wonderful projects, and i don't in any way mean to put them against each other.  both are great and different people will have different uses for each.
25931  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Problem with windowblinds + a couple of suggestions on: January 29, 2006, 09:40:03 AM
there has been a report in the past about missing context menu items on right click in the thumbnail browser, the only reason i havent spent more time trying to track it down is because that browser thumbnail window is due to be replaced by me with a smarter thumbnail browser in the near future.
25932  DonationCoder.com Software / ContextMenu Commander / Re: ContextMenu Commander on: January 29, 2006, 07:08:06 AM
yes, stardock's right click is very close in functionality to context menu commander.
25933  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your favorite launch bar? Your favorite features? Missing Features? on: January 29, 2006, 07:05:22 AM
nice find! i never heard of that before.  definitely useful to study for inspiration.
25934  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Problem with windowblinds + a couple of suggestions on: January 29, 2006, 07:03:50 AM
as for #1,
i should put this in the helpfile, but here goes:
go to your screenshot captor directory and there you will find:
ScreenshotCaptor.ini
DonationCoder_ScreenshotCaptor_Key.dat

the first is your preferences, the second is your license key; that's all you need to do to do what you want.


#2. good idea, ill see if i can add it.


#3. one rule i have is after a couple people request the same thing i know i have to implement it; your not the first to ask for this, so i will implement it right away.


#4. i want this tool as well.
since the lefthand thumbnails is a shell browser, you SHOULD be able to use a tool like shelluploader on those files.  sc also has a Tools menu where you can customize exterenal tools which should also make this possible.  i really am hoping to see some people configure and post how to configure tools to do what you are saying, as well as a tool for emailing images, etc.
25935  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Revitalizing the Reviews - Everyone Read in Please on: January 29, 2006, 02:33:27 AM
the latest poll on the site is quite illuminating:
http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?topic=1991

it shows that second to new software releases (which we should have quite a few of in the upcoming months), reviews are the next most wanted thing on the site.

This matches with my feeling that the Reviews are the single most critical aspect of DonationCoder to improve.

I think the quality of our reviews is great, and with a little tweaking, i think we can set a new standard in software reviews.

The problem, as we all know, is the frequency of the reviews.  It's just a ton of work to do these reviews, pure and simple, and *most* people just aren't cut out for writing things like this.  It takes some discipline and love of detail, and real self-motivation.

I've done my share of them, and they are quite satisfying to do, but also exhausting.  Our arguably two best reviews have come from guest reviewers Zaine and Nudone, and both of them had to take a mental vacation afterwards Wink

If we agree that having regular reviews on the site would be a huge difference in terms of making DonationCoder.com a useful site, which i certainly believe, it seems to me that we need to get serious about finding a good long term solution.

I would like to propose the following:  I would like to put out a call for a small group of "Reviewer Elite", people who have as much love for writing good reviews as some of the coders here have of programming.  I don't know if such people exist - it seems like they must but they may be rare.

If we could find 4-8 such people, each doing one review each every 1-2 months, then the site could publish a new review each week.  This is an ambitious goal but i believe it can be met if we can find the right people.

This team of elite reviewers on our site would be treated as the important assets to the site that they would be.  That would mean the following:
1) we would work hard to get them donations from readers and provide some monetary reward from the main donations.
3) we would give them ad revenue from generated from the reviews.
4) we would get them paid syndication in a print magazine.
5) we would get them free software, both to help their reviewing and as a reward.

In other words, we would be looking for a team of reviewers with the same donation-based spirit as the rest of this site, and recognize that their contribution to the site is as important as that of a programmer adding a program.

It's hard to say how much money a reviewer might make at this point - but when you combine the google ad money with syndicated magazine money and contributions from us and readers, and free software, we are probably talking about several hundred dollars per review, perhaps more depending on the print syndication situation which i am currently investigating.

I don't want to turn this into a bounty type situation where people are doing this just for the money - we want to find people with a love of reviewing the way we have a love of programming.  But it is a recognition that these reviews are damn hard work, and deserve recognition and reward like anything else.

Thoughts welcome please - let's figure out how to make this work.
25936  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Fan Computer Case on: January 29, 2006, 12:54:57 AM
nice site f0dder, thx for the link.
25937  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: License Keys on: January 29, 2006, 12:51:41 AM
welcome sayyed,
just go right to http://www.donationcoder.com/Keys/index.php
and youll be able to generate them.
25938  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AutoIt3 versus AutoHotKey on: January 29, 2006, 12:39:55 AM
this might also be a good time to state my view (and a view talked about on this forum in the past with regard to paying for software), that there are a lot of issues that go into deciding which program to use besides just the actual program itself.  ie. support, community, documentation, etc.
25939  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Fan Computer Case on: January 29, 2006, 12:34:47 AM
rofl  Grin
25940  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AutoIt3 versus AutoHotKey on: January 28, 2006, 10:48:45 PM
we welcome discussion of different apps and their strengths and weaknesses here, not an add at all.
it's fascinating to hear some of the history of these two apps - i had no idea they had a common ancestor in code.

i always thought autoit was more user friendly but less powerful, but maybe i need to re-evaluate the idea that its less powerful.
25941  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: All these F+R ideas are wonderful on: January 28, 2006, 08:18:04 PM
just a heads up that i'm going to split off the launch/dock posts and move them in a thread to the launch bar commander section.
i'm interested in a much more visually traditional launch bar, that is built for holding a lot of items in a hierarchical structure, like a menu.  truelaunchbar or freelaunchbar  is probably the closest match to what i hope launch bar commander becomes.
it won't have any of the flashy animation of rocketdock, but it should have some very advanced features in terms of being able to support drag and drop of items into commands, etc.

i hope that once its out in the wild we will be able to think of new features to add to it to make it a bit unique.
25942  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Another similar app (disclaimer: I haven't tried it) on: January 28, 2006, 08:12:02 PM
ok understood now - basically you're just asking for a keyboard-centric way to do what the right click popupmenu provides for in farr.  i.e. easily add items to an alias group, etc.

this matches with the rest of the discussion here regarding having a way access and select "operations" on a search result easily from the keyboard.
25943  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: caffeine free week - who wants to join me? on: January 28, 2006, 03:02:49 PM
after a week of non-caffeine i went back to it 2 days ago - the day i went back was fun, but im definitely feeling jumpy now, so im going back to non-caffeine for another week.
25944  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: macros on: January 28, 2006, 02:45:21 PM
yes i agree, this is a tool where it should be possible to do it all through keyboard.
25945  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: macros on: January 28, 2006, 02:18:35 PM
this dovetails exactly with the discussion in the other thread about the idea of providing a more farr-like way of searching for files AND operations to perform on them..

right now you could do what you are asking by adding editpad and opera to the TOOLBAR on farr, and searching for *.html and then dragging them to the toolbar button, with some macros defined.

i can also add the ability to specify stuff like you are asking in the right click menu.

the question is whether a more systematic nicer way might be found to be able to perform operations on files, as the other thread discusses is done by quicksilver for the mac.

it's always easy to figure out a custom interface for a specific task, but trying to figure out how to accomodate this stuff and still present the best interface for normal app search and launch is tricky.
25946  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: January 28, 2006, 02:09:26 PM
good article (and link to another) on some good extensions: http://www.linuxpipeline....6/01/extension_adden.html
25947  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Inconsistencies in file matching on: January 28, 2006, 01:40:34 PM
if its picking up folders it's either a bug or its found a shortcut file pointing to a folder.

but folder finding is coming with v2.
25948  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Another similar app (disclaimer: I haven't tried it) on: January 28, 2006, 01:22:01 PM
you can now easily right click on a result to add it to an alias, but i agree its a very powerful feature which is underused because it's a bit hard to use.  how can we make it easier and better?

as far as non-contiguous letters.. it's not just a matter of speed its also a matter of what do multiple words do..
this is one of the main features being added for version 2; right now farr assumes you are typing a phrase when you type multiple words, and i'm enhancing that to add more options.

farr is more strongly based on the idea of intelligent scoring than the rest of these applications.  it basically tries to heuristically score matches based on a lot of criteria to best figure out what you want, so it will match anywhere in a word but gives bonuses for when what you type matches the start of a title, etc.

so any extra matching has to fit into this framework..

so if you type "f f"
does this mean an F followed by some characters and then another F, or is order not important.

this also gets back to anothe idea we discussed and didn't fully resolve regarding whether multiwords should be treated as AND or OR.

so if i type: "word1 word2"

should this match all items with:
  • word1 AND word2 in them, in any order
  • word1 OR word2 in them, in any order
  • phrase "word1 word2"
  • with "word1" FOLLOWED BY "word2"

in general the farr philosphy would be to match on ALL of these cases but score them differently..
25949  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Trapped in a room flash games... on: January 28, 2006, 12:41:46 PM
just found this linked from http://www.downloadsquad.com/:

"ALIEN in the room"
http://www.7jigen.net/7jigen/game/aitr.html
25950  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ThePrawn! on: January 28, 2006, 12:30:17 PM
brilliant - an online regex replacer!  thumbs up
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