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26926  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Jan/Feb Poll - What Area Should DonationCoder.com Focus on Most in 2006? on: January 02, 2006, 06:21:45 AM
If you had to pick one area that you would like to see us focus more on for 2006, what would it be?
And please do post a reply to the this message telling us in more detail about your desires for the site in 2006, and any new features you'd like to see.
26927  DonationCoder.com Software / UrlSnooper / Re: EAccessViolation on: January 02, 2006, 04:32:52 AM
so it's definitely nlite then that is causing the problem?
26928  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Domains from Yahoo at 2.99$ on: January 01, 2006, 04:59:38 PM
yep, that doesnt sound good.

i also recommend buying your domain name at a normal registrar like godaddy, and then you can direct your domain anywhere you want depending on your needs, including a commercial hosting provider or something lightweight like our shared hosting here.

by the way it should only cost you $10 to $12 to register a domain name at a normal place.
26929  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux - Freeware or Shareware? on: January 01, 2006, 03:51:49 PM
i think as stefan mentioned, a "live-cd" is your best way to experiment with linux - you just pop the cd in your cd drive, reboot your computer and tell it to boot into linux using the cd.  no files on your computer will be harmed..
26930  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ZoneAlarm is blocking some of the pages on DonationCoder.com? on: January 01, 2006, 02:39:19 PM
just an update, with some help from a member (thanks lynn) i think i found the problem.
when ad blocking is enabled in zonealarm, it was sensing an html comment(!) that had the word "AD" in it, and getting completely confused.
the html comment is used on our pages to help us remember when the google ads can get inserted - i've never head of a blocker looking at  html comments.. interesting.

anyway, i've changed the html to remove that word and it seems all is fixed.
26931  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: RSS Feeds for DonationCoder.com and this Forum on: January 01, 2006, 12:31:38 PM
jdd:
http://www.donationcoder....imit=10;sa=news;type=rss2

to get a different rss feed for the last 10 topics (subjects) from another section, just go to that section, observe the board=## and replace it in url above.
26932  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sparse but good - Bob's World's Best Freeware List on: January 01, 2006, 10:55:51 AM
hahahahahaa .
you are quite right, that is a bit naf.
26933  DonationCoder.com Software / Skrommel's Software / Re: Compression: BigByte on: January 01, 2006, 09:38:39 AM
having the program have an option to generate random bytes would be nice.
26934  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / sparse but good - Bob's World's Best Freeware List on: January 01, 2006, 09:34:08 AM
useful list organized by category:
http://webpages.charter.net/bobad/best.htm
26935  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / DECEMBER SOFTWARE DRAWING RESULTS on: January 01, 2006, 08:19:40 AM
Thank you to all of the companies and authors who donated copies of their software for us to give away this december (42 programs!).


Many of these programs are still available with significant discounts to members (though many expire after this week so you may have to act quickly if you intend to take advantage of a discount): http://www.donationcoder.com/Discounts/index.html



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Prizes were assigned using our custom stochastic optimization program according to user preferences, past prizes won, etc.  For more info see this post: http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?topic=1684



Winners of the December Drawing

Winners of 'Copernic Tracker' (5):
  • bnz
  • bratliff
  • DreadLord
  • Leander
  • m_s
Winners of 'XFilesDialog' (5):
  • abstrackt
  • JeffK
  • karl58
  • rkrause
  • superboyac
Winners of 'XDesk' (1):
  • koncool
Winners of 'SysTrayX' (1):
  • Josh
Winners of 'Direct Folders' (5):
  • IvkovicD
  • ken03
  • NewKreation
  • spj
  • tinyvillager
Winners of 'File-Ex' (5):
  • aruvam
  • dantheman
  • Darwin
  • lrosebur
  • peteg05
Winners of 'FileBox eXtender' (5):
  • deadfan
  • dnourse
  • Donn
  • Isaac Patch
  • thomthowolf
Winners of 'DoubleKiller Pro' (4):
  • Loonier
  • rkr3
  • Seagull
  • singfjf
Winners of 'QuickFolders' (5):
  • algasys
  • gussan
  • Hellie
  • Jan-S
  • Yukon
Winners of 'Surfulater' (6):
  • bktcarey
  • brotherS
  • Catalin
  • crono
  • doncodfish
  • patteoks



Congratulations to everyone who won. Winners will be receiving emails tonight confirming they have won.  If you do not reply acknowledging your prize within a week or two it will be given away to someone else.  Good luck next month!
26936  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: sticking two routers together? on: January 01, 2006, 08:02:41 AM
yes, many (most?) routers ive seen have a designated "uplink" port for this purpose, where you can use one of the ethernet ports to connect the router to the other to chain them together.  one of them just acts as a simple switch and let's the other do the main work i think.  never tried it myself.  no idea about crossover - im sure one of the sites on the links page will have some more info.
26937  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Wordpress 2 released (blogging software) on: January 01, 2006, 06:46:51 AM
Wordpress is one of the better blog systems (open source as well):
http://wordpress.org/development/2005/12/wp2/

while I'm add it, let me make a plug for our shared web hosting thing here at DC; if anyone is interested in some web space to start a blog and stuff, check it out: http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=1261.0


From web page:
User Features
Completely Redesigned Backend — The first thing you’ll notice when you login to your blog is the backend has been completely overhauled for both aesthetics and usability. This is the first iteration of exciting things to come from the Shuttle team of designers that has been volunteering their time, and look for even more aesthetic improvements in the future.
Faster Administration — Call it AJAX, call it DHTML, call it Larry, but we’ve paid close attention to streamlining some of the most common tasks in managing your blog. For example if you’re writing a post and you can add categories on the fly, much like tagging in Flickr. Also instead of having two separate UIs for “simple” and “advanced” posting, we’ve combined them and let you customize the layout of the page on the fly by dragging and dropping the dialogs around. It saves where you put things so when you return it’s just like you left it. When you delete a comment or category it will fade out without a page load.
WYSIWYG Editing — WP dev Andy Skelton and the TinyMCE team have done a tremendous amount of work to bring a smooth WYSIWYG editing experience to WordPress. As code purists, we are very picky about what kind of HTML is generated, and while it’s not perfect yet (for instance nested lists can cause trouble) for 95% of what you do post-to-post the WYSIWYG should save you time. And if it doesn’t, you can turn it off on your profile page. One note: Safari and older versions of Opera, both fantastic browsers, don’t yet support everything that’s needed to do WYSIWYG, but we fully expect new versions of those browsers will continue to improve their standards support, so it may just be a matter of time.
Included Spam and Backup Plugins — We’ve included two of the most popular WordPress plugins: Skippy’s DB backup can backup your database to a file and optionally email you a copy; Akismet is a distributed anti-spam system which gets smarter the more people use it.
Resizable Editing — This is one of my personal favorite features. Ever been writing a post and that textarea seemed a little small? Happens to me all the time, and our new rich text editor includes a feature that lets you resize the editor on-the-fly by clicking on the corner, just like a regular window.
Inline Uploading — We’ve optimized our uploader for image, audio, and video files and put it inline with the posting screen. You don’t have to bounce around any more when writing a post! It also will organize your files for you as you upload them to make them easier to find later. On the backend, each uploaded file is actually a “sub-post” so it can have individual comments and pingbacks, its own permalink, and even a custom template based on what type of file it is. You can click on attached files to get a menu of options, or if you’re on Firefox you can drag and drop them into your WYSIWYG editor.
Faster Posting — In the past if you were linking to a number of posts or pinging a lot of update services, your posting time could appear to slow to a crawl even though everything was instantly done on the backend. We’ve modified how this works now so posting should be near-instantaneous, like everything else in WordPress.
Post Preview — Another enhancement to the post screen, now when you save a post it shows a live preview of how the post would look on your site, with the stylesheet and theme and everything. No more publishing a post just to see if it works.
Streamlined Importing — We’ve rewritten our import system from the ground up to be much easier to use (you no longer have to edit files), put it behind authentication, and also made it easy for new importers to be dropped into the system, much like plugins.
User Roles — We had a ton of feedback on our old numerical user level system. No one was exactly sure what those numbers meant! We’ve distilled the basic functions into a set of roles — such as administrator, editor, contributor — that make it easier to understand what sort of capabilities you’re giving your blog’s users. The new system is completely pluggable too, so plugins can modify roles and create groups that have access to certain things.
Header Customization — If you’re tired of the blue header in the default theme, you can now change the colors and text of it, which we’ve included as a demo of some of the new features available to theme authors.
Developer Features
On the backend we’ve done a ton of changes to clean up code, make things more consistent, and enable a lot of new types of applications to be built on top of WordPress.

User Level Options — You can now store options on a per-user level rather than having them apply for the entire blog. An example of this in WP2 is with the rich text editor, which can be turned on or off per a user’s discretion.
Improved Abstraction — We’ve eliminated almost all direct SQL queries from the code and moved them to functions and classes that make the entire program more consistent.
Built-in Caching — WordPress now includes a completely pluggable object cache system that cuts the number of queries most pages do in half. By default it is disk-based, but there is already a plugin to use memcached and we expect more are on their way. We’ve only begun to tap into this.
Plugin Hooks Galore — We’ve added hooks for plugin authors wherever we could think to, so what you’re able to do in the new system is pretty dramatic. Ne features like the WYSIWYG and the inline uploader are completely pluggable and can be replaced entirely.
Import Framework — The new import framework allows you to create an importer with about a third of the code you used to need, and it can have a consistent interface with no extra work.
Theme Functions — Themes can now include a functions.php file that will now be loaded like a plugin attached to the theme.
Theme preview images — You can now include a screenshot of the theme with the download so in the WP interface your users will see a quick preview of what it looks like.
Hundreds and Hundreds of Bug Fixes — 2.0 has hundreds of tracked bugs and enhancements, many that are very subtle.
26938  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: darwinia - 4th best game of the year for the pc? something different on: January 01, 2006, 06:30:07 AM
website is down here too, though google shows that the url is correct.
maybe the intelligent design folks saw my link and took legal action against it smiley
should be back up soon i expect.

here's the review of it:
http://www.eurogamer.net/...icle.php?article_id=58149
26939  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy Near Year 2006 to all DonationCoders on: January 01, 2006, 03:53:44 AM
start the new year off with some energy and enthusiasm, like these creatures (found on political blog http://www.balloon-juice.com/, no animals were injured):
26940  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Registry Cleaning Software on: January 01, 2006, 02:04:29 AM
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If and when one does a backup and lets say you decide to do a full system backup it pays to have a spare HDD to test it on the last thing you want is for there to be a corruption on one of the backup disks and cannot continue (it maybe possable to make a clone of the faulty disk and with luck it may work) or you'll end up doing yet another windows install...lol... best backup is cloning from one HDD to another


i could not agree with this more.
i'll only add that having a spare hard drive / computer to "test" a restore on has the MAJOR advantage of being able to test out a restore procedure before an emergency actually happens.

in fact, with the price of computers these days, you could almost justify buying yourself a very low-powered spare computer for just this purpose, experimenting, testing software, testing restore procedures, etc.

very good idea for the new year.
26941  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Windows system tray clock replacement on: January 01, 2006, 12:00:21 AM
whoa! nice find kimmchii!
source code included with tclock2, so it can be modified.  excellent.
26942  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: explorer extensions on: December 31, 2005, 11:59:23 PM
excellent post by kimmchii - those are good ones.
ps. our new upcoming programming "Context Menu Commander" should fullfill these needs and more smiley
26943  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Happy Near Year 2006 to all DonationCoders on: December 31, 2005, 06:19:23 PM
Happy New Year 2006 to all the wonderful people here.

2005 was just practice for us, tentatively taking our first steps...
I hope that 2006 will be a chance for DonationCoder.com to really shine.

From the bottom of my heart, thanks you all for making it possible.


26944  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Windows system tray clock replacement on: December 31, 2005, 04:52:00 PM
did you try alfaclock free? (see link by nudone above)
26945  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / darwinia - 4th best game of the year for the pc? something different on: December 31, 2005, 04:10:06 PM
eurogamer, my new fav game review site is raving about this odd little game no one knows about... does look very interesting:

http://www.darwinia.co.uk/

btw a demo is available for mac,windows,linux
26946  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: On Strike for your Favorite Lost Sheep on: December 31, 2005, 02:27:42 PM
Here are some strikers for Jibz, who can be found on the forum occasionally but has been absent from the irc channel for too long.



the following smilies are on a hunger strike until Jibz comes back to the irc chat channel:..






EDIT: BREAKING NEWS..
Jibz's smilies have been set free since he showed up in irc channel yesterday.  Congratulations little fellas you are now free.





26947  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / On Strike for your Favorite Lost Sheep on: December 31, 2005, 02:22:45 PM
I've set up this thread for those lost sheep who have been away from this forum for too long.
Number 1 at the top of the list is Zaine, who moved to chicago and still hasn't finished unpacking his computer.




the following smilies are on a hunger strike until we hear back from zaine ridling:



EDIT: zaine has posted so the smilies have been set free


26948  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / free rss reader, "GreatNews" on: December 31, 2005, 02:14:25 PM
haven't tried it yet but it looks quite nice:
http://www.curiostudio.com/feature.html
26949  DonationCoder.com Software / Dr.Windows / Re: Dr.Windows (Windows Error Guard) - fun for the family for the holidays on: December 31, 2005, 02:08:43 PM
the above was just a sample idea - in the end i decided not to allow scripting, for fear people would use it for evilnes..
26950  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Bat!: two questions on: December 31, 2005, 02:06:49 PM
there are a lot of options, no shame in not finding it -
in fact i never knew it was there, it used to be on by default.  maybe they changed it.
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