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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 02, 2014, 03:09:44 AM
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I wonder if we should ask Mouser about the possibility of getting a Musician/Musical Instrument/Music Tech child board at DoCo?
I am not a musician but I love reading threads like this, people talking about their hobbies, projects, passions.
I don't want these discussions hiding away in a sub-board, in fact i'd like to see more of them in the Living Room.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: November 29, 2014, 10:30:57 PM
http://siberiantimes.com/...mes-siberias-own-hachiko/

"For past year devoted Masha has been waiting in a hospital for the beloved owner who will never return...
A little dog that waits in vain at a Siberian hospital for the owner who has already died has been dubbed Russia’s own Hachiko. Heartbroken Masha has been turning up looking for her beloved master every day since he passed away at the facility in Novosibirsk last year."

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78  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Visualization of Algorithms on: November 29, 2014, 07:18:47 PM
Maybe a task for the Processing language?
79  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Visualization of Algorithms on: November 29, 2014, 02:17:55 PM
A nice idea for an app would be an Algorithm Visualizer Screensaver, where it would simulate and visualize different algorithms.
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maze image stuff - what is it? on: November 29, 2014, 02:00:35 PM
This post belongs in this thread.
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81  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Visualization of Algorithms on: November 28, 2014, 09:56:20 PM
beautiful.
82  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: November 28, 2014, 08:59:36 AM
Ath:

I am working on a basic code framework that is perfectly suited for making PBOL android.  Whether I get to it in time for NANY 2015 is still unknown, but yeah I think PBOL android is one of the test apps I will make.
83  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: November 28, 2014, 08:22:28 AM
Finally making some good progress on Android coding..

One day I love it, the next I hate it.  Rinse and repeat.

For better or worse, it seems to me that mobile/tablet coding is mostly user interface coding.. Which I'd really like to get away from, and go back to my roots of academic/simulation coding where the UI plays a minor role.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Watercolorbot - $300 watercolor painting printer on: November 28, 2014, 12:14:38 AM
What would be nice is to give this thing a video camera so it can see what it is painting and adjust based on that.
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Watercolorbot - $300 watercolor painting printer on: November 27, 2014, 02:18:22 PM
This looks pretty amazing to me:

"Starting with vector artwork on your computer — or following along as you sketch in real time — the WaterColorBot dips its brush in water, goes and gets the right color of paint, and paints before your eyes... While earlier versions of the WaterColorBot came as a kit (with some assembly required), the WaterColorBot 2.0 comes assembled, tested, and ready to use. It also comes with a starter set of watercolor paints, paper, and a brush. Please see the FAQ below for a more detailed list of the kit contents."

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http://shop.evilmadscientist.com/productsmenu/605
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Happy Thanksgiving to DonationCoder folks on: November 27, 2014, 02:11:35 PM
Just wanted to say I'm thankfull to know all of you and be able to share some time with you all.


Anyone spending the holiday with their family?
87  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 26, 2014, 04:01:49 PM
The unchecky thing is fine for half of this problem, but the dll is still very much needed.
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: November 25, 2014, 04:34:36 PM
Wraith reminds me that I forgot to state a very important aspect here.

I shouldn't just say that I'm looking for a tablet for e-book reading.  What I should say is that I'm looking for a tablet to read full-page-at-a-time textbooks and 8.x5x11 pdf journal articles.

If one is reading a novel, the size of the screen is not very significant -- it doesn't matter how much info fits on a page and it's not important for the physical book pages correspond to ebook pages.

But I am interested in a device for reading pdf papers which can show and let you comfortably read a page at a time from a pdf article, without scrolling.
89  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Installation switches? on: November 24, 2014, 11:47:43 PM
I see your point.. I could fix that..
Another option would be to give you a license key you could install that didn't make noise until several months had passed.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: November 24, 2014, 11:12:37 PM
Well, in fairness, it's a very good question -- i suppose it partly depends on the person -- some people are more sensitive to such things.
It's a good question about whether 1200x800 on a 13.3 inch screen held 12-15 inches from the eye will be unpleasantly pixely...
At that price point it may indeed be acceptable.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: November 24, 2014, 10:26:18 PM
well i think it's a quality of life issue -- if you are trying to replace physical books, you don't want to be seeing jagged pixels in your fonts.
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: November 24, 2014, 10:03:55 PM
This 13.3 android tablet, Azpen 1320, and can be had for $170:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/...ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_i4

The only downside is, as I mentioned before, the low-resolution (1200x800).
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: November 24, 2014, 09:51:29 PM
Back in 2010 we had a discussion about large format ebook readers..  Around then I picked up the since-discontinued Kindle DX which has a 9.7 screen.

It's almost 2015 and I think it's time to revisit the issue.  The easy-on-the-eyes e-ink approach seems to have lost out to the more general purpose led screens.

While the e-ink displays are easier on the eyes, the reality is simply that e-ink is dead for now.

The great news is that it looks like there are some non-name full page sized android tablets available for a couple hundred bucks if one is willing to give up cutting edge performance, etc..

I still find it a strugle to transition from physical books to ebooks, but every few years i try to do it again because of the numerous advantages of ebooks.

So, what I'm thinking of now is an android tablet that has a screen size of at least 13.3 inches (which is about a full size 8.5x11 page).

Several of these exist for a couple hundred dollars, and seem worthy candidates and affordable enough to be dedicated ebook readers.

The one issue that seems lacking in these 13.3 tablets that I've seen is that the only ones i can find are relatively low resolution (1200x800) which i think is a deal breaker.

Ideally I'd love to see a cheap 13.3 android tablet with a 1600x1080 resolution, or higher.

Any thoughts?  Anyone else looking forward to making the full switch to full-size ebook reading?
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New square monitor (27" 1920x1920) on: November 24, 2014, 01:11:23 PM
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I'd rather swivel my head side-to-side than nod my head up and down all day long.

it's really true -- moving the head/eyes vertically is *MUCH* more uncomfortable than horizontal movement.
95  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 23, 2014, 01:06:18 PM
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I think the detection should certainly trigger before the wrapper does anything;

This is almost certainly not realistic/practical.
The wrapper is going to do its own thing, and then unpack and launch your original pristine installer after it has offered up its bundled adware, etc.

If you wanted to physically stop the wrappers from running, the only solution is to have some other software already running (like an antivirus) that detected it and stopped it.  And if you are the kind of person who would run such a tool constantly in the background, you are also the kind of person who won't get bit by these wrapped installers in the first place.



However, I believe that the solution with the dll preventing your program from installing from a wrapper and telling the user why will accomplish the same goals.

The most likely result of having this dll prevent the wrapper from completing its installation, is that it will never be wrapped in the first place.

First, it's quite likely that the automated wrapper creation tool will abandon trying to wrap your program, meaning you will stop this problem before it ever gets to the user.  Second, if it they do try to distribute your wrapped program, it won't be long before they get enough complaints from users that downloaded it that they will remove the wrapper and put back your original.
96  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 23, 2014, 12:28:53 PM
I sent you a link to a zip with some wrapped installers, check your pm.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / New square monitor (27" 1920x1920) on: November 22, 2014, 09:43:29 PM
Slashdot reports that monitor maker Eizo will be releases a 1:1 aspect ratio monitor (square) next year.  It's 1920x1920 resolution:

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http://hexus.net/tech/new...q-265-inch-square-monitor

I think this is a wonderful idea!  I'm getting really tired of the super-wide monitors.
98  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 22, 2014, 08:47:31 PM
I think the DLL is really the way to go..

The dll should export a callable function that returns TRUE if the installer is being run inside a 3rd party "wrapper".
It would be nice if there were options for displaying a (text customizable) alert box if so, and providing a button to visit a specific webpage.

As far as detecting whether the installer is being run via a 3rd party wrapper, the ideal case would be if you could detect the parent launching process and easily detect all wrappers.  A less ideal solution if that is impossible would be to detect specific company wrappers.

By my way of thinking, it's not important if this detection happens before or after the wrapper tries to install any adware or bundled crap.  The point of this DLL is not to prevent the wrapper from running -- it's to let your installer detect this case and decide what to do.  Some coders may decide that the best thing to do is warn the user, exit, and send the user to the REAL program web page.  Other coders may decide that the best thing to do is let the install complete but warn the user.

Ideally just the use of this dll will be enough to trigger these websites automatic wrapping tool to give up and not wrap the program.
99  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Tooltip for a setting inaccurate on: November 22, 2014, 04:05:02 PM
Thank you, will fix.  thumbs up
100  DonationCoder.com Software / UrlSnooper / Re: URL Not Being Revealed on: November 22, 2014, 03:17:32 PM
when i run url snooper, it does comes up with "rtmp://cp269617.edgefcs.net/ondemand"
the rest of the text does not seem to be part of that packet.. if you look at the raw packets you will see intervening text.. if you add ".mp4" in the "Also Find" box you will also get:
  • 264713/mm/flvmedia/2448/w/s/b/wsb5e47e_ftfn1f46_h264_996K.mp4?cid=2448&aid=2393893&afid=4631041
  • 264713/mm/flvmedia/2448/w/s/b/wsb5e47e_ftfn1f46_h264_996K.mp4

You have given me a good idea though -- perhaps an option to tell URL Snooper that WHENEVER it finds a multimedia url, it should automatically record the next 2-3 packets in the result window for human analysis.  I think this would be extremely useful because it's often the case that a streaming url is found and you want to see what the communication immediately following it was.  Sometimes it is a snippet of a filename, etc. that is useful.

Thoughts?
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