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51  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: August 08, 2015, 10:51:36 PM
tapatalk -- i'll look into it. anyone else use that?
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10: Migration-woes thread on: August 08, 2015, 07:11:44 AM
let me suggest that this advice:
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So, long story short: When upgrading a similar RST equipped PC, make images of your entire harddrive before attempting the in-place upgrade!

be turned into:
When upgrading a pc, make images of your entire hard drive first.
53  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Compatibility with Windows 10 on: August 07, 2015, 06:17:46 PM
FARR should run fine on windows 10 -- it does here too.

Perhaps it's a plugin issue? Unfortunately uninstalling will not remove things like plugins that were installed after the main installer.
What you could do is delete the plugins folder and the FindAndRunRobot directory under MyDocuments\DonationCoder\FindAndRunRobot
That should give you a clean install.
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: August 07, 2015, 06:13:51 PM
A Gathering of Saints by Robert Lindsey:
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http://www.amazon.com/Gat...ert-Lindsey/dp/0440205581

Amazing true crime book.  Robert Lindsey also wrote the book "The Falcon and the Snowman" which blew my mind as a teenager.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone want to team up on a little fun hardware project? a 2xl tinypc toy on: August 07, 2015, 04:17:43 AM
It was my intent to pay for the hardware and shipping charges.. But I have realized that I really can't afford to spend money on non-essentials at the moment, so let's table the idea for now, and return to it when the grass is greener.
56  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: Screenshot Captor Background Shadow colour on: August 06, 2015, 07:56:38 PM
 Thmbsup
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Funny Animal Videos on: August 06, 2015, 05:32:26 PM
I still find that jaguar under water video mesmerizing..
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Funny Animal Videos on: August 06, 2015, 04:10:46 PM
dog playing "don't let the balloon touch the ground":
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOASkxwbzvk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOASkxwbzvk</a>
59  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: Screenshot Captor Background Shadow colour on: August 06, 2015, 04:47:31 AM
I think the root of your issue is explained by tomos' post.
The area behind the shadow is actually treated by Screenshot Captor as TRANSPARENT -- that is, it will show the color of whatever is behind the image.

So when you are viewing the image inside Firefox, it is *FIREFOX* which has decided to render transparent images as if they were on a white background.  If you choose a different image viewer, like Irfanview, you may see that background area treated as BLACK.  Still others may attempt to show you that the region is transparent by using a checkerboard pattern -- such as a painting program.

Now, if you want to FORCE the background to be a certain shade, you can set the canvas color to whatever you want, and then before you save it, choose to FLATTEN the background transparency from the Objects menu in screenshot captor.  This will remove any transparency and flatten the shadow as if the background color was the set canvas color -- if that makes sense.
60  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: Screenshot Captor Background Shadow colour on: August 06, 2015, 04:13:24 AM
it's also true that if you save the image in a format that does not support transparency (jpg, bmp) any transparent background will be merged into the canvas background color.
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone want to team up on a little fun hardware project? a 2xl tinypc toy on: August 06, 2015, 03:50:03 AM
I've underlined the important bit in my original message.  tongue
62  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: August 06, 2015, 03:48:42 AM
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Well, you'll only be able to really test it on a https accessed host, and the DC test site doesn't have https, afaics.
agreed about testing the https part of things -- but one can still check out the basic new approach to embedding the videos, which should work for everyone.
63  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: Screenshot Captor Background Shadow colour on: August 06, 2015, 12:44:21 AM
i think some would argue they are chaotic, and with some justification.
but i hope i can make up for it by offering support here on the forum smiley
64  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Creating Aliases With Optional Parameters on: August 06, 2015, 12:11:39 AM
quick response first: perhaps the easiest solution would be to create 2 aliases, one for when you have both parameters and one for if you have only one.
there are probably other solutions using regex, though i dont know off hand of a way to have a default parameter.. it's an interesting idea for a feature to add to the alias system..
65  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: August 06, 2015, 12:08:20 AM
Try the new beta site curt (msg me for access if you don't have the info), and see if you can see the videos (youtube and vimeo) on the youtube test thread.  That uses the new html5 frame embed method.
66  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: Screenshot Captor Background Shadow colour on: August 06, 2015, 12:07:24 AM
i think i know the answer to that.
can you try this:

if you go to "More Interface Options" and change the "Canvas Background color" does that control the color uses behind the shadow?
67  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: August 05, 2015, 11:21:11 AM
stephen sent me a link to an html5 style of youtube embedding using an iframe; ill see if i can switch us over to that to try.
68  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: August 05, 2015, 11:05:37 AM
youtube should work on old and new forum, even now. are they not?
69  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: August 05, 2015, 09:53:07 AM
The default search in the upgraded forum is likely to yield slightly different results -- because the current version here was highly modified and improved by dc member Wordzilla, and i have not attempted to bring across those changes.  The new search has some advantages too, including nice highlighting of found search words.  My expectations are that the results may differ but it will just be a matter of getting used to it.  If we find the new search is inadequate we can think about making our own improvements later.
70  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: August 05, 2015, 08:54:06 AM
no, both sites wont be online -- the new upgrade will just happen on the existing content.
all of the original posts will all be accessible, and at the same urls.
the change won't be so dramatic.
71  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: Screenshot Captor Background Shadow colour on: August 05, 2015, 08:19:56 AM
It is configurable, on the "Special Effect Options" tab:
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72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Anyone want to team up on a little fun hardware project? a 2xl tinypc toy on: August 05, 2015, 06:16:16 AM
Some of you may know my 2xl simulator page: http://www.donationcoder....are/Mouser/2XL/index.html

It's a flash-based recreation I made of an amazing little toy that i grew up with, which used 8 track tapes to create the illusion of a sentient little robot that told jokes and gave you quizes etc.  It was a brilliant little toy.

Just for fun, I was thinking of recreating it on one of those tiny-pc devices like a rasberry pi, arduino, etc.

I'm not much of a hardware person though, and i am hoping to find a hardware person who might put together the hardware and leave me to do the software.

I don't really have a preference for one kit or another, raspberry pi, arduino, whatever. But there are some requirements:
The device needs to have (at least) 4 buttons in a line , a speaker loud enough to hear the words, and a small lcd so that the user can scroll through carts to select.  ideally the lcd will be over the buttons so that it can be used to show button labels.

Ideally i'd like to rewrite the code in python or java -- and there has to be an mp3 playing library for the device (this is important).
And i has to be able to support a memory card with a few hundred mb of data files.

Ideally the less power the better, as it would be fun to make this battery operated.  But that's not a show stopper.

This is purely a for-fun project, no money to be made or fame to be hard.  If anyone is interested let me know?
73  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: August 05, 2015, 05:47:06 AM
so just about everything is migrated and implemented on the new forum, and we could switch over whenever we want -- fixing any lingering issues on the live site..
74  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: August 05, 2015, 05:45:41 AM
im not opposed to adding it but i'm newly conservative about adding features if they require too many messy changes to the codebase.. it's one of the drawbacks of using someone else's code -- maintenance difficulties.  remind me again later to look into adding this.
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / New printers that come with refillable ink tanks? on: August 05, 2015, 02:25:51 AM
We've talked before about the racket with inkjet printer ink -- practically giving away printers and then charging you an arm and a leg for miserly ink cartridges.

A recent article discusses Epson's new plans to offer consumers an alternative -- a more expensive printer built to be refilled with cheap ink.

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Epson, the maker of my nightmare printer, has finally put an end to the horror of ink cartridges, at least for people willing to throw cash at the problem up front. The five new EcoTank series printers look like normal models, only they have containers on their sides that hold gobs and gobs of ink. How much? Years’ worth. Enough that your children—or at least mine—could go on a two-hour coloring-page-printing bender and you wouldn’t even notice.

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