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26876  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Updating the forum software to 1.1RC2 on: March 10, 2006, 09:17:53 AM
i think this is wise advice.

we should also add another important fact:
tabbed browsers all have an option to open a link in a new tab.
but the opposite is not true - so opening in same page by default is not so hard for users who want things in new tabs to work around, while the opposite may not be the case.

i guess you've mostly convinced me to disable this feature of the forum..

however i still feel like when you are in a forum it's a bit different - because the workflow normall dictates that you are usually going to want to continue browsing in the forum - and losing your place is an expensive waste of time if you have to try to find your way back..
26877  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hope you don't mind me stealing a few words :) on: March 10, 2006, 06:07:31 AM
i was going to mention editpad pro but i didn't want to deprive allen of the fun of it.
i've promised to give editpad pro a good long look when the next version comes out to see if it can dethrone ultraedit.
26878  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Read blog from the guy behind the viral marketing of microsofts origami on: March 10, 2006, 06:06:02 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viral_marketing

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Viral marketing is sometimes used to describe some sorts of Internet-based stealth marketing campaigns, including the use of blogs, seemingly amateur web sites, and other forms of astroturfing to create word of mouth for a new product or service. Often the ultimate goal of viral marketing campaigns is to generate media coverage via "offbeat" stories worth many times more than the campaigning company's advertising budget.

26879  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / instructables.com - cool multistep tutorial blog on: March 10, 2006, 06:03:08 AM
http://www.instructables.com/

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Welcome to Instructables: step-by-step collaboration
Instructables is a venue for showing what you make and how others can make it.
Making things is part of being human. Whether you make bikes, kites, food, clothing, protocols for biology research, or hack consumer electronics, good instructions are critical.
Instructables is a step-by-step collaboration system that helps you record and share your projects with a mixture of images, text, ingredient lists, CAD files, and more. We hope to make documentation simple and fast. Show your colleagues how to operate a machine, show your friends how to build a kayak, show the world how to make cool stuff.



a little picture will go a long way to showing you why this is cool:
26880  News and Reviews / Best Music Service / Re: Napster not good for casual music purchasers. on: March 10, 2006, 05:39:06 AM
when we started our reviews a year ago they were much more "here is the best one", but we are trying to move more torwards comparative reviews rather than just focusing on one program we think is best.
26881  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Updating the forum software to 1.1RC2 on: March 10, 2006, 05:36:37 AM
yes it wouldnt be hard for me to write it into the forum - the issue i have is some of us like having it open on a new tab, so id like to have it as an option, either using a firefox addin options, or forum options for each user.

i dont actually see it in user options but i could add the option if its impossible to do via firefox addin.
26882  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Updating the forum software to 1.1RC2 on: March 10, 2006, 03:47:15 AM
ill look into the option - i would only change it if users could select it as an option as i need to  have external links open in new windows or ill get lost.

i wonder if tabmix or another ff tab extension has an option that lets you say, for a specific site (say donationcoder.com) , open all links in current page.  that would be very nice and solve your problem, and i wouldn't be surprised if it did.  anyone know?
26883  News and Reviews / Best Music Service / Re: Napster not good for casual music purchasers. on: March 10, 2006, 01:23:03 AM
excellent and well thought out post!

it's been almost a year since the napster review and i would have to say that i would be more cautious now as well recommending napster.

i personally find the pay-per-song approach of itunes unacceptable for my needs, so itunes is not a viable contender for my attentions.  i also dont go to such a music site to buy specific songs.  i'm old fashioned i guess and i like to buy a whole album if i'm going to buy music, usually the real cd/record.

but i do like to explore music with these services, and i love the idea of a monthly fee which lets you download as many full songs as you want.

the one very real addition i would make to the review is the one you made, that there are now some really excellent alternative ways of exploring music, like pandora and also one you didn't mention, lastfm: http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=1880.0

such sites may be more satisfying (and free) ways to discover new music, and your conclusion may be a very good one that bears repeating:

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If you're looking to buy music, stick with iTunes. If you want to explore new music you haven't heard of before, then perhaps Napster is for you. But as a casual music purchaser with a very limited income, try http://www.pandora.com/ or http://www.mercora.com/ (both free) to find new music you'd like, then purchase it with iTunes. Your experience should be much less stressful that way. If you can't find it in iTunes, you probably won't find it in Napster.

however, until itunes comes out with a flat monthly fee thing for unlimited non-drm'd downloads ill keep looking for the perfect service.
26884  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: License Key is Invalid on: March 09, 2006, 09:23:59 PM
you do not need to donate again!

and this is same program reported by others having trouble - there must be a bug in how it's saving the key.
i'll have to check into it this weekend and release an update.

until then here is your solution.  this will work:

here is how you can save the license key manually in the meantime:

0. exit Find and Run Robot from the system tray.
1. create a text file with the following name:
   DonationCoder_findrunrobot_Key.dat
2. put your license key (which will be several lines long and
   start with *r1; into that file.
3. save the file in the Find and Run Robot directory
  (usually C:\Program Files\Find and Run Robot)

note that this license key can be moved between machines, etc. and it's presence will register the program so you don't have to manually enter the key when installing it on a new computer.

again, sorry for the troubles - i will try to find the problem and release an update asap.
26885  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: be careful downloading free screensavers on: March 09, 2006, 07:49:10 PM
btw lanux if you want to its very easy to attach images to posts themselves instead of uploading to a site like imageshack (if you want to).  and you can even use thumbnails.

for more info see http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=1996.0
26886  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hope you don't mind me stealing a few words :) on: March 09, 2006, 07:36:12 PM
of course! everyone is welcome to excerpt anything on our site as long as attribution is provided.
26887  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unable to find or download license keys!!! on: March 09, 2006, 07:31:17 PM
sometimes its hard to see the forest for the trees - we apologize for the frustration and we're always looking for ways to make things simpler.

you can download a free license key from this page:
http://www.donationcoder.com/Keys/index.php

youll find the link to that page all over the site, looking like this:
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and on the flipbook printer page itself like this:
[attach=1]

and also on the "Links and Info" page on the top navigation bar:
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actually now that i see that i think we should add the picture-based one to the software pages as well.

we're always open to suggestions on how we can make it easier to find this page, since i know it causes some consternation for some people.
26888  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MAME arcade emulator on your ipod(!) on: March 09, 2006, 07:18:21 PM
by the way, that forum linked above is all about running linux on your ipod and developing software for it, etc.
gotta love their logo:
26889  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / MAME arcade emulator on your ipod(!) on: March 09, 2006, 07:15:56 PM
http://ipodlinux.org/Ipodmame

http://ipodlinux.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=53583

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Here is a port of MAME for the ipod. Note that this will only work on the 5G ipod, unless you put another LCD driver in, so feel free to do so. I WILL NO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THIS. If you can't figure it out, you're on your own. I wrote this becuase I wanted to play pacman on my 5G, so it worked out.


very very cool.


for those of you who dont know what MAME is, it's a well established free video game emulator that can emulate thousands of classic arcade and console video games.  really one of the gems of software development that helped usher in the era of emulators: http://www.mame.net/
26890  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Article: The Coming Search Advertising Crash on: March 09, 2006, 07:10:58 PM
http://publishing2.com/20...search-advertising-crash/


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I’m not sure if I’ll be the first to predict it, but search advertising is headed for a cliff. I can’t say with any certainty when–or whether–the crash will come, but the evidence is mounting.

Everyone is talking about the $90 million click fraud settlement, and the Google apologists are out in force, arguing that $90 million is a drop in the bucket and that the settlement reduces the likelihood of major legal liabilities in the future. I’m not a lawyer, so they may very well be right that Google is in good shape from a legal perspective. Of course, you can count on Google bear Henry Blodget to find a way to rag on Google, but even he’s missing the big problem here.

The issue is not whether advertisers can sue Google for any significant amount of money. The issue is whether advertisers will begin to lose faith in search advertising.

interesting read.
26891  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Read blog from the guy behind the viral marketing of microsofts origami on: March 09, 2006, 07:02:32 PM
http://origamiproject.com...rchive/2006/03/09/19.aspx

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O.K., if you are reading this blog chances are you’ve in one way or another heard about the “Microsoft mystery” project named Origami. You probably also know by now that Origami was the Microsoft code name for the Ultra-Mobile PC project.

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I was a primary driver of the buzz campaign, I thought I’d set the record straight by using a timeline to illustrate how events unfolded.
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Origami Project Timeline
Dec 05 – My team and I have an idea about doing a buzz/viral campaign to get enthusiasts interested in what we’re announcing at CeBIT. I pitch the idea to Michael, our marketing guy, and he agrees it’s a good idea so he and I start planning it.
Jan 06 – We hired a creative agency to begin work on the viral campaign. We tell them to leave it vague and open to speculation to generate interest.
...

all companies seem to do this these days.. am i the only person who finds this stuff depressing?
26892  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Frugal for Life on: March 09, 2006, 06:50:07 PM
a blog focused on living cheaply:

http://www.frugalforlife.blogspot.com/

recent links:
  • {} Eat your Garbage- The title alone makes me want to read it. Good article on leftovers from about frugal living.
  • {} Coin Counting Home Page- Does your bank charge to count the change, find out if another, closer one does it free
  • {} Living Small - One good to small living areas given to us by seattle simplicity
  • {} One Persons Trash- Frugal upstate found a new life for some items that otherwise would have been trash
  • {} Grocery Game: Conclusions- The end result of the program as described by frugal homaker plus
26893  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / be careful downloading free screensavers on: March 09, 2006, 06:47:08 PM
http://www.vcn.com/knowle...gebase/article.php?id=385

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The Bad News: Why You Should Never Download Free Screensavers for Windows

Free Waterfall Screen Saver!! Free Wallpaper!! Free Smileys!! 10,000 High-Quality screensavers!! Sports, Nature, Animals, and More!!

Have you ever seen advertisements like the above? Don’t be fooled. A huge number of these “free” screensavers, wallpapers, cursors, etc., contain spyware -- actually, virtually 100% of them contain spyware. There are many very sad stories of people who downloaded a cute goldfish screensaver and got their Favorites/Bookmarks filled up with pornography sites(here), or who had a new employee who downloaded a screensaver which then killed access to the internet and the office network (here).

So, do not download free screensavers! It’s just not worth it. Do not download wallpapers, themes, cursors, smilies, or anything of the sort, either. Just don’t ever download anything from an advertisement. This may seem like a strict and no-fun policy, but if you disregard it, you have a good chance of winding up very, very sorry.

The Good News: Rare Exceptions To The Rule

But what if you really want a cool screensaver? Screensavers can be a lot of fun. Aren’t there any good ones? Well, yes, but they're few and far between. So, I have scoured the internet to find those rare gems for any Visionary Customers who may enjoy screensavers. Here are a lot of clean, safe screensavers that don’t contain spyware (as of April 2005):

26894  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / outbreak - fun browser based oldschool style roleplaying game on: March 09, 2006, 06:39:16 PM
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Outbreak is a free browser-based cooperative multiplayer game in which you play the role of a mercenary hired to kill the demons that infest various cities. Outbreak is not turn-based, and does not use action points or other play time limits. Outbreak does not use any sounds, Java, Flash, or Shockwave. You do not need to download anything to play it in your web browser.




looks fun!
26895  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Discussions about micropayments on: March 09, 2006, 06:34:20 PM
nice article from 2000:
http://www.openp2p.com/pu.../12/19/micropayments.html


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Micropayments are back, at least in theory, thanks to P2P. Micropayments are an idea with a long history and a disputed definition - as the W3C micropayment working group puts it, " ... there is no clear definition of a 'Web micropayment' that encompasses all systems," but in its broadest definition, the word micropayment refers to "low-value electronic financial transactions."


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Micropayment systems have not failed because of poor implementation; they have failed because they are a bad idea. Furthermore, since their weakness is systemic, they will continue to fail in the future.


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editorial note: this is a nice article but i believe something like micropayments will eventually come and be a huge benefit to independent writers on the internet.. still waiting for it to be done properly though.
26896  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / nice blog on web usability on: March 09, 2006, 06:32:42 PM
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/

sample articles:
  • Avoid Within-Page Links (February 21, 2006)
  • Accessibility Is Not Enough (November 21, 2005)
  • Enterprise Usability (November 7, 2005)
  • Incompetent Email Marketing = Lost Future Opportunities (October 31, 2005)
  • Intranet Portals Get Streamlined (October 24, 2005)
  • Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes (October 17, 2005)
  • R.I.P. WYSIWYG (October 10, 2005)
  • Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005 (October 3, 2005)
  • The Power of Default Values (September 26, 2005)
26897  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: FBSL - A brand new code editor on: March 09, 2006, 06:11:01 PM
cool.
26898  DonationCoder.com Software / UrlSnooper / Re: URL Helper on: March 09, 2006, 06:10:09 PM
if you think that's cheekly:
url helper is based so closely on url snooper that at first i thought they had simply taken my code and changed the appearance.
it does appear to be an independent program, but one that was built explicitly by copying url snooper.

they actually stole the text for their website directly from the url snooper help file (!!!!) - word for word.

at first i was mad but then i figured eh, what's the point of getting upset about it.  i just feel bad for people who buy it unknowingly.
26899  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Num Lock on: March 09, 2006, 06:04:45 PM
maybe you have the following box checked?
i think what you want is to uncheck it, which will let you type numbers when numlock is on.  works for me.  if it doesn't work for you, do you have a non-english keyboard maybe?

the option lets you choose between whether to use the numpad to either launch results by # or type numbers when numlock is on:
[attach=1]

that should do what you want.  however it occurs to me that another option might be desired, which is to always act like numlock is on, even when it isn't; i think i will add that next.
26900  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Num Lock on: March 09, 2006, 11:38:30 AM
im still unclear about this - i did add as per our discussions, the ability to use the numpad keys.
but the numpad keys can operate in two mode according to whether nulock is on or off.

when it is off the keys act like arrows moving the cusor.

so could you be more specific about how you want the numpad to behave in both of these modes?
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