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26676  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OFFICIAL WINDOWS UPDATE for Windows Vulnerability - READ IN on: January 19, 2006, 12:38:52 PM
fodder's link, to Mark Russinovich's blog entry about the wmf vulnerability, will no doubt be the definitive word on the subject.

His conclusion:
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"The bottom line is that I'm convinced that this behavior, while intentional, is not a secret backdoor."

looks like steve gibson is going to be eating his words on his next radio show.
26677  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Macs Suck on: January 18, 2006, 11:02:11 PM
i have to say, much to the chagrin of many of my friends, i am in favor of enforced standards.  i am generally against skinning and non-standard user interfaces, so in that sense i actually support apple's attempt to standardize interface guidelines and insist on them.. and i do have respect for some of the hci (human computer interface) research.. but if a company decides to go with what to me is an obviously inefficient design (one button mouse) for the benefit of aethetics and easier tech support over the phone, then i know it's not a set of standards i want to be part of.
26678  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Holding code ransom? on: January 18, 2006, 08:02:05 PM
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Editorial Imagine the following situation: A collection of computer users draw up a wishlist of software they'd really like to see developed. These end users then begin to donate money to projects that they'd individually like to see appear. A programmer then goes about creating an item from the list that has donations attached to it. Once the project is complete and enough money has been raised, the author can collect the cash and release the software. Finished code is withheld until enough money has been donated.

http://www.drobe.co.uk/riscos/artifact1524.html

[link from osnews.com]
26679  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: caffeine free week - who wants to join me? on: January 18, 2006, 07:50:35 PM
for those with a heavy habit, might be smart to start friday and sleep through the weekend.
26680  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Macs Suck on: January 18, 2006, 06:12:09 PM
i am a right mouse click fanatic - i think the idea of having context sensitive options show up when you right click on something is the best thing since sliced bread.  i also consider the scroll wheel essential now.

another note: for those of you using mice without a side back+forward button, time to upgrade! it makes a huge difference when surfing - highly recommended.
26681  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Macs Suck on: January 18, 2006, 05:38:48 PM
nice short piece on mac one button mouse with some good comments:
http://www.gearlive.com/i..._buttoned_mouse_01280820/
26682  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Macs Suck on: January 18, 2006, 05:33:04 PM
if you haven't seen some of the mac osx dashboard stuff though, some of the visuals are damn impressive.  it's kind of like those silly computer scenes in movies where someone is checking their email and you are like wtf kind of crazy email system is that with all the visual effects and stuff.  mac programmers put in a LOT of effort to make their apps look slick.
26683  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: caffeine free week - who wants to join me? on: January 18, 2006, 05:28:54 PM
i agree it makes no sense.  but it's american, it's not supposed to make sense.
26684  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Macs Suck on: January 18, 2006, 05:27:35 PM
for the programmers:
objective-c and objective-c++ the oop languages (alternatives to c++) are getting a lot of attention since Apple acquired Next, which were the main proponents of it.  used a lot in mac osx programming.
see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Objective-C
26685  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Macs Suck on: January 18, 2006, 05:23:55 PM
i think rover has some good points as well - there are definite benefits to having more control over the system in terms of being able to guaruntee a predictable experience, and enforce a set of standards.  and you do have to hand it to apple for spending time worrying about the details.  i know some serious people who were very impressed how apple networking stuff "just worked" out of the box.

though i have to say, same people called me for help to fix their network when their mac stopped being able to connect to the network, and my experience was, when it worked, it just worked, but when it didn't work, it just didn't work, and gave very little clue as to why or what you might do to fix it.  this is often the price you pay with such stuff - it's designed to be overly friendly and helpful, which is great sometimes, but can be hell when you really need to fix something.  linux has a long history of being the opposite.  everything is configurable and customizable and accessible, but it can just be overwhelming.  i find myself prefering the middle ground.. though i am not a huge fan of microsoft.  i think i'm in the "every OS sucks" camp.
26686  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / caffeine free week - who wants to join me? on: January 18, 2006, 05:02:42 PM
i've decided it's time for a week of decaffination - no tea/coffee/soda with caffeine for 7 days, starting monday 1/23/06 JANUARY 23rd, 2006.
who wants to join me?
26687  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best Video Player there is on: January 18, 2006, 03:48:35 PM
you might want to give powerdvd a try carol.  i've had nothing but bad luck with windvd, but powerdvd behaves very well for me.  but on the other hand if windvd is working for you i guess there is no need to change.
26688  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Macs Suck on: January 18, 2006, 03:47:15 PM
i agree, the closed nature of apple products has been something they have stuck with and been extremely reluctant to let go of, from their early mac's to their ipods with non-changeable batteries.
26689  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Macs Suck on: January 18, 2006, 03:33:41 PM
i'm a long time mac hater but i try not to let it show too bad - and that's a great video.

the cult of personality stuff and the focus on marketing is just too much for me.  a one button round mouse? sorry that's all i need to know to know it's not the company for me.

i know a lot of programmers who like os X.  i personally like the idea of it, and i'm very impressed with it, but find all the focus on movie-style fancy graphics way over the top.
26690  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FeedBlitz - THE new way to track and read blogs? on: January 18, 2006, 03:03:32 PM
one thing you'll learn about brotherS, when he finds a program, idea, or service that he thinks deserves support.. look out world, he's gonna spread the news.  we're very lucky he likes donationcoder smiley
26691  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FeedBlitz - THE new way to track and read blogs? on: January 18, 2006, 11:17:00 AM
looks like a useful service - i'm setting up some donationcoder.com feeds their for people who might want to subscribe via email.
26692  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Morse Code as You Type on: January 18, 2006, 10:45:36 AM
nice tips robert, thanks.

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Another disadvantage with software like this is when you type a password and anyone in earshot can pick it up...
hahaha.



i have to say that this is exactly the kind of task i would avoid autohotkey for - i'd want a nice fast compiled app.
26693  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best Video Player there is on: January 18, 2006, 10:44:15 AM
i know i have to be one of the only people on the planet to choose realplayer, but for so many years they were *the* company that made possible streamling audio and video from cspan and "this american life", and they've always done right by me, so i love them for that.
26694  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SPAMPAL replacement on: January 18, 2006, 09:25:23 AM
no one should leave the ads on just to help the site make money if they don't "enjoy" seeing them - as carol said unless you click on them occasionally we make no money, and there is no point just clicking ads like mad trying to help us make money - google has weird rules and weird systems designed to detect this kind of thing and punish sites when people do.

by default as soon as you activate a charter account your preferences should change to show ads only 5% of the time at random, which you should just change to 0 if/when you are sure you don't want to see them (yes believe it or not some people like seeing the ads in the forum posts - they are often content relevant on longer threads, and amusingly off topic on the shorter newer ones). Wink
26695  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: miscelaneous cd labels for inkjet printers on: January 18, 2006, 09:19:25 AM
thanks for the info and links patteo -
i have heard about superfast spinning of dvd discs but not about cds.. but i guess if you are reading the cd in a computer at highest speed then it could be an issue..

i still use labels when i make an audio cd for a friend but i don't use them on my own anymore, just use a pen.

carol, its just a small set of 10 cards and 10 envelopes, probably not worth the postage..
26696  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Will SSC work on Win95-B? on: January 17, 2006, 10:43:41 PM
i will see if i cant fix that.
26697  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Comment on Screenshot Captor v2.09.10 on: January 17, 2006, 10:41:32 PM
it really should capture opera and firefox - i'm going to have to test it again.

line width text boxes im going to try to look into, along with another requested feature for textboxes, the ability to have the transparency only affect background color not text or border.
26698  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / miscelaneous cd labels for inkjet printers on: January 17, 2006, 07:50:16 PM
i'm probably not the only one who has stuff that's just sitting around and will never get used; might as well give it away.

pack1: mostly glossy NEATO brand cd inserts and cd labels
pack2: mostly glossy NEATO brand cd inserts and cd labels
pack3: hp glossy greeting card paper (envelopes and cards) + some kodak inkjet photo paper

first charter/honoary member responder for each will get it, but United States only please, due to shipping costs.
these are nothing special but better they go to someone who might use them..
26699  DonationCoder.com Software / FlipSuite and Flipbook Printer / Re: End Frame on: January 17, 2006, 07:02:09 PM
great smiley
thanks for finding the bugs.
26700  DonationCoder.com Software / FlipSuite and Flipbook Printer / Re: End Frame on: January 17, 2006, 06:37:33 PM
i just downloaded myself and got 1.06.01 - try again and make sure you are installing the new download

direct url:
http://www.donationcoder....loads/FlipbookPrinter.exe
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