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3751  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help Name Our Cat! on: November 19, 2007, 02:44:51 PM
Or Codette.

Nice story about the phantom escapee  Grin
3752  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder.com Yearly Fundraiser for 2007 - Advice Requested Please on: November 18, 2007, 03:54:11 PM
So i was thinking about one of those little thermometer fundraising things
To show or not to show is a tough one.  The risk, as you've already pointed out, is that it can be counter-productive.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/w...he_United_States, in 2006, the median annual household income according to the US Census Bureau was determined to be $48,201.  That being so, we're probably still talking today of $6,000 as being greater than 10% of median U.S. household income.

For the sake of argument, let's stick with the $6,000 as an example.  It's very easy for an individual to look at that sum and assess it in terms of the familiar, which is personal income.  Do you run the risk of people saying, "Gee that's more than 10% of what I earn!"

If you want to show progress (hopefully as a motivator) could the target be shown in some other way that puts it in context?  Would it work better to use something like a scale that shows progress from zero to 100% of DC running costs (or whatever determines the target) -- without specifying an amount?
3753  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help Name Our Cat! on: November 18, 2007, 10:32:18 AM
How about www.technocat.tv (available name)
Nice piece of research there, Carol!

My two cents goes into the wait-and-see pool. 
Most of our pets have been named for some behaviour or personality trait.  (We usually try to ignore the messier ones! Here ..itty,  ..itty, ..itty!)

[Edit: still can't spell]
3754  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop or Desktop — which are you? on: November 18, 2007, 10:25:05 AM
99.5% desktop.

Seldom use a laptop (or any computer) when I travel.
Sometimes use a laptop on the porch during the summer but prefer to read or snooze.

The cycle is: buy a laptop every now and again, use it for a while, return to desktop, forget about laptop, laptop joins pile of previous redundant laptops, pile reaches critical mass, pile given away. Buy another laptop *sigh*
 embarassed
3755  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Science magazine had a photo competion ... on: November 18, 2007, 10:13:43 AM
Thanks for those, they're fascinating.
As for old newspapers, that makes me wish I'd saved one a year for the past... oh never mind how long  smiley
3756  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Poem of English Pronunciation on: November 17, 2007, 07:56:28 PM
I always have to imagine people with extremely strong.. say scottish accents turning around and speaking to someone in BBC english!
Isn't it delightful when that kind of thing really happens?
I recall being served fish and chips by a gentleman whose appearance and location led me to expect him to be Chinese. He addressed me in a broad Glaswegian accent.

Canadian spelling is mainly the same as British with some (few) American spellings for example, we have car tires, not car tyres. The preferred ending for 'ise' words is 'ize', so we don't sympathise, we sympathize.

For myself, I find that rotating between Canada, the U.K., and the U.S. pretty well guarantees that I'll make errors in all three  Wink
3757  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop or Desktop — which are you? on: November 17, 2007, 03:33:31 PM
Renegade, you can plug your peripherals into a laptop.
Please!  Not in front of the children!

3758  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Poem of English Pronunciation on: November 17, 2007, 09:35:17 AM
Ti! I won't tell if you don't.
3759  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Poem of English Pronunciation on: November 16, 2007, 10:15:48 PM
I can pronounce it but I certainly can't defend it.

It's a bit fishy, as Shaw would have it.


 Wink
3760  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Graphics Tablets - opinions (nudone, hamradio, tomos etc. care to chime in?) on: November 16, 2007, 05:08:30 PM
would a tablet provide some added convenience when editing densely tagged text
I concur with ak_'s view that the tablet's not much help outside of graphics.

A long time back, in order to try this out, I ran my system for a couple of weeks using the tablet in place of a mouse or trackball. I found doing that to be more trouble than it's worth. For precise editing of dense text, specifically, I found positioning the cursor to be more difficult with the tablet than otherwise.

3761  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: EverNote - Free today at GAOTD on: November 15, 2007, 09:31:34 PM
How to tell which version of EverNote 2.2 you have installed
To find out which version of EverNote you are running click on the Help menu and select "About EverNote". Compare the screenshots below with what you see, to learn what version you have.
[attach]

from: http://www.evernote.com/s...port/evernote_version.php
3762  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Script/batch file that copies two files from a drive(usb) to a location on: November 15, 2007, 08:24:18 PM
the powerful options that 4DOS gives you

I heartily second the recommendation to use 4DOS (better yet, 4NT).
3763  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Graphics Tablets - opinions (nudone, hamradio, tomos etc. care to chime in?) on: November 15, 2007, 07:31:25 PM
Darwin, I haven't tried these (I still use an old WACOM ArtPad II which has been rock solid for years).

One point I'd offer for consideration, however, is the physical size of the tablet itself.  On mine the drawing pad is only 4" x 5".  While this doubtless would be risible to a graphics professional it's more than enough for me to do the kinds of operations to which you refer. 

A small desktop footprint means that the pad is always in place and accessible, without having to be moved around.  FWIW if I were buying another tablet today I'd look for the same small footprint.  Newer versions offer more levels of pressure sensitivity etc.
In my case small footprint = less hassle = greater propensity to use. 

As Carol pointed out WACOM is supported by just about every serious graphics application.  WACOM is good about updating drivers, too.

If you've not had a graphics tablet before you're in for quite a bit of fun.  I hope you enjoy yours when it comes. 
A good chance to deploy some of those smokin' dollars  smiley

3764  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Script/batch file that copies two files from a drive(usb) to a location on: November 15, 2007, 05:29:28 PM
Yes
3765  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For the love of Money... on: November 15, 2007, 01:44:17 PM
This is no surprise to me, but it puts things in perspective just a bit...
Mouser: pay special attention to #36  Thmbsup
I looked at 36
At the last charity dinner I attended I thought the envelope was intended for me to secrete the fish bones Sad
3766  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: EverNote - Free today at GAOTD on: November 15, 2007, 01:32:59 PM
Regarding the app itself, I dislike the "toilet paper" model.
Although I also dislike the TP model, some of my coworkers believe that most of what I write is complete crap and is best suited for toilet paper.

That may be so, but it's hard to stop when you're on a roll!

3767  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Question about Super Flexible File Synchronizer on: November 13, 2007, 03:59:31 PM
An impressively fast response from the developer says:

Quote
Tobias Giesen:
currently you need to add another word as the first word in order to
group them for example,
Backup My Documents
Backup My Pics
Backup My Music

That will create a group called Backup.

Currently it's not any more flexible.
I will consider making it more flexible in a future version.

Nice to encounter someone who's open minded about this kind of thing.

I think tinjaw's solution is good for now.



3768  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Question about Super Flexible File Synchronizer on: November 13, 2007, 03:18:05 PM
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J-Mac: I won't bother writing the developer about it.

It just might be worth asking, in order to see what comes back.

Like you, I was a little startled by this behaviour and it annoyed me.
(Curmudgeon that I am, any thing or person that demands that I zig immediately causes me to zag.)

After a while I found that the grouping often turned out to be useful.  I'd still prefer an 'override' for specific circumstances.
I think I'll send an e-mail and see what transpires -- I'll post the gist of any reponse.

3769  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: November Discount and Giveaway - Updated! on: November 13, 2007, 12:28:42 PM
cthorpe, just wanted to say thank you for your on-going efforts on our behalf!
3770  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buy a new harddrive, get a virus on: November 12, 2007, 07:58:00 PM
Not the first occurrence, either, apparently.

If only reports like these would slow down the rate of North America's (the world's?) increasing dependence on Chinese manufacturing.

3771  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 10 Signs You're Coding Too Much on: November 12, 2007, 10:47:24 AM
Quote
converting degrees celcius to radians doesn't make much sense

It offers a whole new angle on weather forecasting,  though.

3772  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Paint Shop Pro X2 - installation from hell ... on: November 09, 2007, 11:04:47 AM
It worked first time! Boy was I ecstatic.
Glad you're fixed up!  Good to learn that someone at Corel has a modicum of common sense.
I wonder if anyone there will have enough of it to fix some of those circular/dead-end links to which you referred.
3773  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Paint Shop Pro X2 - installation from hell ... on: November 08, 2007, 05:37:13 PM
tsaint, if it weren't so patently aggravating for you it would be amusing!
I think most of us have experienced that sense of utter astonishment  when a long, annoying venture like this is just dead-ended.
You don't know anyone at the phone company, do you, who could connect Corel support USA to Corel support in Australia? You can almost hear the sounds of their brains fusing from here cheesy
3774  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computing. A Goal in itself, or a means to an end? on: November 08, 2007, 01:22:00 PM
About half and half.
I spend a lot of time doing stuff 'just for the heck of it', often when I'm supposed to be doing something productive instead  smiley

The early days of home computing meant creating most of one's own stuff anyway and that was some of each.
Now I mainly use off-the-shelf stuff.

These days the necessity of using computers as everyday tools dilutes some of the 'gee-whiz' factor for me, even though some new developments are astounding.
Until an entirely new medium emerges I don't think anything will replace for me the adventurous feeling associated with moving from 'no computers' to 'my computers'.
3775  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Genuinely stupid laws - that still APPLY !! on: November 07, 2007, 11:03:38 AM
Ah.  That explains the "Mandatory Corpse Reanimation Act of 1978" then.
It's long been known that members of the House of Commons are always looking for a free bier.
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