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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How do you resist buying ever more powerful PCs? on: July 14, 2015, 12:45:42 PM
I find in general if I can dismiss the urge quickly, it will go away.

But if i start thinking about it more and more and "analyzing" whether i should buy something -- the "analysis" eventually turns into my brain coming up with some poorly rationalized justification of why i should buy it and why it's really not such a large amount of money to spend.  Sooner or later it's almost as if i have to buy it just to stop thinking about it!
77  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 14, 2015, 09:00:27 AM
The programming school pre-dates DonationCoder by several years -- it was the first forum I made, and I have a very soft spot in my heart for it.
It was created at a time where there were no other real alternatives -- no good places to get self-teaching assignments for a variety of languages.

Now of course there are tons of such options, massively funded dedicated online learning websites with large support staffs, etc.

So, I think the programming school is probably best handled by others, with us maintaining a great page of information on what sites we would recommend and why, etc.  The new cms will make it easier for us to have such pages.

Alternatively, we could create a new self-teaching programming school of our own, on a sister website using a cms designed for online learning, or on a separate area of our new cms.

But the bottom line is that i think it's probably time to stop having the programming school exist as dozens of private little sub-forums of the dc forum.
78  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 13, 2015, 10:39:09 PM
I'm working my way through the must-have stuff.. Have been having some long days plodding through slowly, but also having some occasional fun.

I'm making good steady progress each day.

I don't want us to take too big a step backwards, so I'm going to try to get 95% of the forum features working as before, and then go live -- then we can work out the kinks and see if that 5% is still needed, and see what other new stuff we might want.

There are a couple of things that were really messy in code which we would probably be smart to jettison:  The programming School and the "Personal Area" where people could post drafts.  The spaghetti code that was necessary to implement those is probably not worth the maintenance hassle.
79  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Stripping to Text Format on: July 13, 2015, 03:41:07 PM
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Please tell me when I'm overwhelming with specific desires and I'll back off.

not at all! keep 'em coming.

1. in the hotkey config you can configure a hotkey for "Paste last clip as plaintext".
2. or if you use the quick paste menu to paste the last clip (or any clip), it should strip all formatting, because CHS doesn't store such formatting.
3. in addition, if you right-click on a clip (or shift+click) in the quick paste menu, you will get an additional menu that includes a bunch of extra pasting options (altough paste as plain text isn't in there since it shouldn't be needed when using the quick paste menu).

Let me know if #2 does not work for you -- it may require a tweak from me if not.



80  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Pasting From Stack - Questions on: July 13, 2015, 01:28:26 PM
You can set a hotkey for pop-paste-from-stack, so actually doing the pasting/popping should be pretty straightforward, it's just a matter of queuing things up in the stack that requires extra steps.
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Watch a game instead of playing it - NextgenWalkthroughs.com and others? on: July 13, 2015, 01:23:04 PM
Deo recommended searching youtube for the phrase "Let's Play", and it's yielded some excellent results.

I can see that different users make very different playthroughs, and the trick is to find one that matches your tastes.

I started watching a giant playthrough of a game that very much but which i do not want (nor have the time to) play, Witcher 3, and can highly recommend this player:

https://www.youtube.com/p...-YLrUP3dIHXAxqnCyZ3_sLbjX
82  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Pasting From Stack - Questions on: July 13, 2015, 12:57:47 PM
That proposed solution might be a bit more difficult than you realize -- however one thing i could do fairly easily is let the user right click and add selected clips to the stack, with CHS maintaining an explicit list of stack clips.

So that at any time you could go and select some clips and add them to the "explicit" stack list, in normal or reverse order, to top or bottom.

If i made this "stack" list visible in the options (or a separate dialog), i might even just let you edit it like a text field, so that it could specify a list of clip id#s, OR raw text.



In essence what I imagine is that the stack would work as it does now, except when you EXPLICITLY add stuff to the EXPLICIT stack, at which point those would pop off until that list was empty.

So if you had 5 clips scattered throughout your database that you wanted to pop off one at a time, youd just go highlight those 5 and right-click and say "add to explicit paste stack"; you would then be asked whether to add them to start or end of stack and in what order.
You could repeat this process to add more clips to the explicit stack.
When pasting from the stack it would proceed through those you just added, going in the order you arranged in the explicit stack.
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Custom Paste option to include special formatting on: July 13, 2015, 11:07:19 AM
When you say special options and "paste+" are you talking about using a specific clipboard utility?
84  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 13, 2015, 09:53:15 AM
Update report:

I have been working hard on porting over and cleaning up the forum customizations and tweaks to smf2.. My hope had been to be able to jettison them all in favor of new core features in smf2, but that has not turned out to be feasible -- we still have some custom stuff that is needed (custom spam handling/reporting/etc).

However, the cleaning process should pay dividends eventually -- after 10 years there is a lot of cruft to get rid of.

Now, originally my thinking was that we might change hosts and move to the a new cms and upgrade to the new smf2 forum all at once, but i'm thinking now we might try to reduce the confusion by first upgrading our forum in place, without messing with CMS or host changing.  That would reduce the possible sources of problems and let me work out the kinks on the new forum more easily.

So, I'm hoping we might do that sometime in August if all goes well...

85  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Pasting From Stack - Questions on: July 13, 2015, 08:34:25 AM
This isn't a feature I use (at least not often), so my memory of it is fuzzy...

But I think the stack behavior in CHS works by letting you set the stack position, and then always moving from there towards more recent clips, walking through the entire clip database.

So what's missing is the ability to select/highlight a subset of clips -- you can only set the stack position, and the ability to work in a LIFO mode.

Having said that, I could extend the stack functionality to support the kind of functionality you are wanting..
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: July 12, 2015, 08:17:23 PM
I actually considered it, but it seems secure not attached to the cabinet. it does look like its attached behind it though.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: July 12, 2015, 07:46:31 PM
spring loaded speaker cover =
a $1.50 magnetic spring latch that you can get at any hardware store.
a square frame built from 1/4 inch square dowels wrapped in speaker fabric.

as for the tv -- i used a wall mount even though it places the tv almost exactly same place a tv stand would put it, just so it would leave the top of the cabinet uncluttered.  i had to employ a trick i use when wall mounting heavy objects on my plaster walls that don't have studs, which is to mount a wood plank to the wall and then attach the tv mount to it.
88  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Eassos Partition Guru Pro--Free or Lifetime@~17$ on: July 12, 2015, 10:18:12 AM
Does anyone know what the relation is, if any, between Easeus and Eassos? The names and products seem so similar...
89  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Update Comment on TechSupportAlert on: July 12, 2015, 08:34:18 AM
Thank you so much, Jim!
To be honest, comments like that -- to hear them and even better when people post them on trusted sites we all love -- mean so much to us -- more than any monetary donation could.  thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up

One correction: DC is not an "official" non-profit.  Non-profit is a very specific legal term of art that can refer to organizations that make huge amounts of money and page huge salaries, but keep the money in house.  It would be more accurate to say that DC is a never-made-a-profit-not-trying-very-hard.  cheesy
90  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Faster boots combining hibernate and restart (Boot Snooze) on: July 11, 2015, 05:06:45 PM
If software blogs only wrote about software when it was new we would all be using buggy new crap instead of the stuff that has proven its worth over time.  undecided
91  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Faster boots combining hibernate and restart (Boot Snooze) on: July 11, 2015, 01:34:46 PM
boot snooze featured today on ILoveFreeSoftware:
http://www.ilovefreesoftw...hibernate-time-delay.html
92  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Quick Paste Question and Suggestions on: July 11, 2015, 12:34:02 PM
ok i gotcha now.
yeah let me look into how hard it would be to get the stack feature to be more flexible about what it considered the stack.. it's a bit tricky..
93  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Quick Paste Question and Suggestions on: July 11, 2015, 12:16:04 PM
Can you clarify a little bit what you mean when you are talking about pasting a sequence.. I'm not sure I follow what you are doing.. do you mean you are using the "stack" feature?

Have you tried the "merge" feature? It might be easier for you to select all the clips at once and merge them before pasting?
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: July 11, 2015, 11:38:11 AM
Custom made center speaker cover (spring-loaded pops off):

[attachthumb=1]

Behind that is the center speaker, the network switch, and the thermostat control for a cabinet fan in back of the stereo equipment, to keep things cool:
[attachthumb=2]

95  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Quick Paste Question and Suggestions on: July 11, 2015, 10:54:48 AM
Before I answer your questions more specifically, let me address the root of the weirdness.

The "Quick Paste" menu/group is actually a "virtual" group, defined by some sql filtering on the clip database.
If you right click that group, and say edit, you will see something like this:
[attach=1]

You can see how the SQL defines what appears in that group (and thus in the quick paste menu).

So by altering that SQL (and the custom menu sorting SQL below) you can actually tweak what is displayed in that menu and the order.  Some people alter it to change the default behavior of only showing clips from the last day, etc.



You can also always reorder clips by changing their value in the the "Ordering" column, which will take precedence over the normal date ordering (which will be used secondarily).

It's because this is a virtual group that clips can appear in this group as well as the NEW group, and why deleting from one will delete from the other -- there is only one copy of the clip, and it lives in one real group -- but can also be shown in multiple virtual groups.

Although the concept is a bit odd, it does allow CHS to do some nice things, like have a virtual group that shows all clips that are urls, or all clips that contain a certain keyword, or all clips that came from a certain application, etc.



The Favorites group is another virtual group -- it shows all clips which have their "Favorite?" checkbox checked.  Note though that you can also manually move a clip to be located in a virtual folder as its home folder -- which will show it there even if it doesn't match the sql.  In other words, if you manually drop a clip in the Favorites group, it will show there (and only there), even if it doesn't have its "Favorite?" checkbox checked.
96  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Text Modification Issues Updating - question/issue/bug on: July 11, 2015, 10:43:01 AM
Glad to hear you are liking it!!

That sounds like a bug, let me try to investigate what might be happening..

Having said that, I have a much easier workflow for you if you are doing this often:

Go to the Modify Format dialog as you are doing, and SAVE your settings as a preset, and give it a nice name, like "Remove Blanks".
Ok now copy your clip to the clipboard, and go to where you want to paste it, and hit Ctrl+Alt+Q to bring up quick paste menu,
then hit T for "Formatting Presets" submenu, and choose your saved preset "Remove Blanks", and it should do the action and then paste it in your target app.

Notes:
1. This won't change the clip in CHS
2. This can also be used to change text in place -- so you can go to your text editor, select some text, and then do Ctrl+Alt+Q and select the transformation and it will first copy the clip, then transform it, then paste it over original.  This is the fastest way to change text in place.
97  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Paste Directly from CHS Main Window on: July 11, 2015, 10:33:17 AM
If you click the button with orange clipboard and green arrow leaving it, it will copy the currently selected clip to the last active window:
[attach=1]

In addition, I thought there was an option to make double-clicking a clip in the grid copy it to the last active window but I can't find it.  If I was wrong about that I can add an option for it.
You can right-click on a clip in the grid and select the last item which is to copy it to last active window.
98  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 10, 2015, 03:52:23 PM
If we have any skilled web dev people here, there is one job that could be "volunteer-outsourced" right now -- creating a custom smf2 theme to approximate the current donationcoder forum look..
It could be done totally independently from what I'm working on -- you would just install the current version of smf2 on a local machine and then make a new theme based off the default on, but trying to capture the basic feel of the current donationcoder theme.
Any takers?
99  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 10, 2015, 12:17:17 PM
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If there is something I can test, help, etc let me know

A major additional motivation for finally moving the website to a proper cms, is to be able to have additional moderators and content creators who can help maintain pages and add new content.  So I am hoping that when it's all set up we can finally revisit the idea of having some regular DC folks add more new content to the website on a regular basis.  This might take the forum of having a bunch of dc regulars writing weekly columns like we tried in the early days of DC, etc.



Also: Converting the hundreds of static html pages into CMS pages is going to be a huge amount of work.  After I get the basic infrastructure and process set up, I would love to have volunteers help in the process.  It won't be particularly difficult work, mostly a matter of copy and paste then fixing links and formatting.
100  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 10, 2015, 12:14:47 PM
Some additional details on the upgrades:

Those who know me know that I tend to spend inordinate amounts of time weighing options before i pull the trigger on large projects.  This vacillation and hesitation can be extremely unproductive.  Part of what has hung up the modernization of DC has been a struggle to decide what direction to go in.

In the end I/we decided that what was best for the community that hangs out here, at least at this point, is to move to the Drupal CMS, and upgrade from our highly customized SMF 1.x to the latest version of the SMF 2.0 forum (and minimizing any customization that makes maintenance/upgrading too difficult).

There was quite a bit of discussion regarding moving to a more modern and actively developed forum system -- but in the end several things seemed to weigh against that: First, this forum community seems to be comfortable with a more traditional system; secondly, if we did eventually want to move to a more modern forum like Discourse, it would still be helpful for us to first go from a highly-customized version of smf1 to a more stock smf2 before doing that.

And as for using Drupal as the CMS.. I have a long love/hate relationship with Drupal.  I had really hoped to move DC to a completely customized new kind of cms system that I have been working on part time (Mewlo), but waiting for Mewlo to reach a usable stage is not practical.  Drupal represents a conservative stable choice.
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