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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: What Android apps do you use to read digital books? on: August 20, 2013, 05:33:44 PM
Well, that and some other things that I read that I'd mention in person, but not publicly.

let me guess, you only read them for the 'articles'  Wink
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 20, 2013, 12:49:00 AM
A further evidence that burqa is incompatible with modernity:
 (see attachment in previous post)
(though this is more a serious social matter than silly humor)

she was walking down the street, then whoosh! her dress blew up
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My Gadget Idea: "Timestamper Disc" on: August 19, 2013, 08:57:18 PM
think about digital watch type displays instead of more 'regular' displays, and most round displays are probably 'square' displays mounted in a round holder

no idea about price, though given the limited display options these might be cheaper

industrial machinery is often a managed out of a software solution so they can get the most out of their plant (both in production and down time).  Could be useful for small operators, but I'm guessing that in a lot of cases their service intervals might be longer than is practical for a device like this
104  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Pet Peeves in Language in Games? on: August 19, 2013, 05:38:32 PM
unrelated, but I was most amused to note the schoolkid in front of me on the bus this morning working on a page titled 'English Assingment'...
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Licensing Developers? on: August 13, 2013, 01:09:22 AM
We've already have proposed legislation on the floor to block the monopolistic behaviour of the ruling party from hiring any ballot-box stuffers. It is expected to pass. (Thankfully it expires before the next election though as we fully plan on seizing power so that we can properly regulate the out-of-control software industry.)

at which time a name change will be announced from Australia to Wadiya?
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Licensing Developers? on: August 13, 2013, 12:48:37 AM
If anyone wants to volunteer for my campaign, we still need more ballot-box stuffers. At the moment the other guys have more than we do, which is obviously not fair!

clearly they need to be better 'regulated' huh

and i'm behind you all the way... (and you know what that means in politics these days...)
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Licensing Developers? on: August 13, 2013, 12:07:40 AM
for those that don't know there's an election looming in Australia and I'm pretty sure Renegade is testing his platform on you guys

please, don't encourage him Cry
108  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Nerdy Data - source code search engine on: August 04, 2013, 09:10:32 PM
so, clearly run by marketers, for marketers, or in other words, it's an ad!! (the misleading title should have been a clue Grin Grin)

apologies for posting such dreck embarassed
109  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Nerdy Data - source code search engine on: August 04, 2013, 08:19:03 PM
nor me  ohmy ohmy ohmy

with those prices it looks like they're going after the marketing/advertising sector rather than coders mad
110  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Nerdy Data - source code search engine on: August 04, 2013, 06:27:39 PM
found this on I love free software this morning

http://www.ilovefreesoftw...download-source-code.html

claims to be a search engine specifically for source code, though it's limited to HTML, CSS, and javascript at the moment (no clue on the likelihood of the choices expanding)

Webpage says 'try it for free' but I couldn't see anything about pricing (then again, I didn't look very hard...)
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 30, 2013, 05:33:46 PM
I'm surprised no one cross referenced this from doghouse diaries
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112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hold off on buying your 3D printer if you can... on: July 26, 2013, 02:02:39 AM
pffft, they're probably printing scads of lawyers as we speak huh
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hold off on buying your 3D printer if you can... on: July 26, 2013, 01:28:35 AM
and there's no way the patent trolls would be camping on these ohmy
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 23, 2013, 05:20:00 PM

hehe, how about this from the same site - http://newsthump.com/2011...-by-lack-of-bono-killing/

FWIW, I'd have been upset too...
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 21, 2013, 09:29:58 PM
Jerk! That was the receiving end. You were blocking other people from coming in! Wink

for future reference, this is what the sending unit looks like
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116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Non-Notepad(MS) Thread! on: July 17, 2013, 06:02:16 PM
another one I found this morning Jovial Notepad is less than 60kb and does RTF

seems fairly lite on features, but it's tiny and it does RTF
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: digitising slides on: July 15, 2013, 05:59:45 PM
@target please read my post above regarding infrared dust cleaning, this cannot be done with a digital camera

This 2000$ scanner (if it was a Nikon) actually may go for more than 2000$ today, since they were excellent, are not being produced any more, and are still in high demand.

how does dust cleaning in software compare to actual dust cleaning, ie carefully dusting/cleaning the slides with isopropyl alcohol and a microfibre cloth?

granted there are 'high end' scanners that are built specifically for this type of work (eg drum scanners), but they can be deemed out of scope for this exercise due to their 'rarity' and high cost (mostly the cost Grin Grin Grin) - remember I said earlier that this could be a throwaway piece of hardware
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: digitising slides on: July 14, 2013, 11:34:01 PM
I have seen the results of a scanner that could only scan slides...A guy I knew, who had a pron-site for "special" tastes, bought one for about 2000 euro's, because he could get his hands on a boatload of vintage material (this happened around 2000). After a slide was processed, which took it sweet time I might add, the result was a 2500x1600 picture as crisp as would have been taken yesterday.

The scanner itself was not much wider that the slide itself, not longer than 5 slides laid after each other and its height was about 10 slides stapled on top of each other. The software that came with the scanner did the real "magic", though. You do get what you pay for in scanner land.

hehe, given the time lapse we're probably talking about the same sort of 'scanner' that goes for about $50 these days Grin Grin Grin

gotta be grateful to all those early adopters Thmbsup Thmbsup
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: digitising slides on: July 14, 2013, 08:32:15 PM
lot's of interesting opinions, led me to do a little (!!) bit of research on flatbed scanners...

interesting thing is that for all intents and purposes they are the same as a digital camera!

I'm aware that I'm generalising, but they both use a CCD, the real difference appears to be that scanners are designed to operate under closely controlled circumstances (fixed light source, fixed focal length, etc) whereas a camera is quite the opposite (ambient lighting, variable focal length, etc).  Scanners use a series of mirror's to direct the scan to the CCD, whereas cameras have high quality lenses and sophisticated control mechanisms

Given that, and the fact that a slide is a very small image, I'm wondering why flatbed scanners seemed to be accepted as providing 'better' results.  Granted most 'slide scanners' are relatively low res, but I'd warrant very few flatbed scanners would qualify as high res so substituting a high res 'camera' (ala the 'wolverine' 'branded scanners quoted above) should theoretically provide 'better' results

Of course software could be a big factor in this, but considering that the same software can (most likely) be used in both situations I think it's safe to take that out of the equation.

any thoughts?
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Off-brand li-ion camera batteries - personal experiences/recommendations, please on: July 14, 2013, 07:38:45 PM
no experience, but I know that at least one manufacturer (panasonic) was 'locking' their camera's so that they would only work with genuine batteries, so maybe this is something else to consider huh
121  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: 15 minute work log on: July 08, 2013, 11:30:35 PM
and here's one more I prepared earlier...
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Samsung Galaxy Android Camera EK-GC110 Anyone have real-world experience of it? on: July 03, 2013, 05:58:56 PM
You could trade in your smartphone for the new Galaxy S4 Zoom and replace two stones with one bird.

he's already gotten more birds than he can poke a stick at
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Hackaday.com looking for a new owner on: July 01, 2013, 06:04:08 PM
not sure if anyone here might be interested, but it appears Hackaday is looking for a new owner

FWIW I'm not affiliated with the site in any way, nor am I in a position to take it on, but it's a valuable resource I'd hate to see disappear
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 19, 2013, 08:00:59 PM
Quote
Jesus has been known to appear in some pretty unorthodox (religion joke!) places, like in the bark of a tree, a frying pan or delicious Cheeto, and even in a damn blessed grilled cheese sandwich. J-C has been spotted once again… in this dog’s B-U-T-T. Homeboy is wearing his signature robe and everything!
(see attachment in previous post)
http://www.incrediblethin...potted-in-a-dogs-bum-bum/

I'm probably going to get flamed for this (!!) but I can't help thinking they've been assking for it...
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: You like science fiction, don't you? Of course you do! on: June 13, 2013, 05:13:23 PM
There is one series called otherland on amazon kindle. It has some interesting future-based scifi plot.

If anyones interested, this series is by Tad Williams.  A worthwhile read (one of my faves), albeit long (each book is 800+ pages)
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