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1  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Caption jpg files on: July 26, 2015, 08:01:02 PM
It would be amazing if this doesn't already exist, but then that's what coding snacks tend to expose!
2  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 26, 2015, 07:10:42 PM
I don't use any of them.

I rely heavily on the "thread aggregator" because it tends to collect some 90+ % of the posts into the day's active threads and at worst if a thread slips below "the top 10", it pops up the next day with a new post again.

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [Help!] Boot problem/s on: July 23, 2015, 04:11:22 PM

I thought there were command line options that forced something to reboot.

Or maybe you could do one of those updates that "forces reboot now"! : )

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 23, 2015, 02:24:58 AM
I read somewhere (can't remember where) that Windows 10 will officially be supported until 2020, with long-term support going until 2025.

That sounds very much like the life cycle of all past editions of Windows. So what's up with that? huh

I'll try to find the link again.

EDIT: Found it!
...

To me, this sounds very roughly like, MS is definitely planning on turning "updates" into much bigger things than simple security updates - maybe more like Service Packs. But this on this other side of things, they have no idea exactly what they'll be up to by then, so they're just setting the early sunset stuff in motion - really rather cheap to do to avoid accidental 10 million dollar lawsuits later.

They could at that point just "sweep everything up" and re-align customers on some standardized set of whatever exists about 2018, because I see potential fragmentation - let's say we all get the "early" Windows 10 - then your friend gets some OEM machine two years from now with "Windows 10" ... who has what? How do you tell them apart? There are a couple of real tech support nightmares here. The closest thing it reminds me of is the mobile OS scene with Android.



5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 23, 2015, 02:16:23 AM
I hope some volunteers take on the task of providing Vista/W7 support in perpetuity because if they really go ahead with all this cloud business I think it really will be the last version of Windows.  Either that or we can try to make various Linux distros look exactly like Windows or even OS/2. Heh heh.

I actually think this is what someone should do - *really* mirror Windows basic look and feel on a Linux Distro. On the software side, is how Kingsoft Office and some of the others are finally really starting to mirror the MS versions. Compare this to my log-standing gripe about LibreOffice - "stuff is just somewhere else."

My rough instincts on why they don't are:

- "Linux should be different and 'our distro' is the best of the different ones". - Not sure how to un-convince anyone of that.

- Microsoft might have a whole ton of very old look-feel patents/trademarks/other on the core components, so that no Linux distro can possibly truly duplicate the look and feel. But in some ways I "only want 30 things", about ten of which are in the Right-Click menu.

- The radical nature of Linux architecture may create near-impossible logic-circles that prevent truly mimicking Windows. But way up there in the list is, I'd like much more powerful support for just "grabbing an application and/or an update" on the fly, without being *forced* to funnel it through some big package.

- Heh: "Other look and feel issues that are too specific for this post". (Nod to Fermat!)  
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Thoughts on "next generation" forum systems? (Discourse, nodeBB, etc.) on: July 20, 2015, 04:01:16 PM
Isn't the difference in the attention span of the respective audiences? (and consequently the content)

This has a lot of words in it! Can you make it simpler? Like in a meme gif?
tongue
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 20, 2015, 03:55:13 PM
According to this GHacks Article Windows 10 Home Users will have to agree to forced automatic updates when clicking the EULA on reboot.

At the end of the article it goes on to say that at the moment(as in RTM build 10240) it is still possible to set the Windows Update Service to Disabled.

I have a feeling that disable-ability will either be removed or bypassed.
It is for your protection.  smiley


Well, yeah ...

Which is why I'm a little confused. Win8 had "funny" UI Metro issues, but it was still its own OS.

This whole "Updates will happen. Resistance is futile" going all Neo-Borg is what has us all nervous, because we're just waiting for the first big "oops" moment of it all.

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 18, 2015, 09:23:34 PM

I hope about five of you can really stay on top of this whole thing, and be the "DC Win10 Expert Task Force" or some such thing!

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 18, 2015, 11:50:51 AM
So what is that E-thingy symbol and what does the pic mean?

E= Euro (€)
The image is about the fear of what would happen if Greece was pushed out of the Euro.
Search for - Greece Euro EU - that should give you lots of details.

Good enough to know! I might look it up later.

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 18, 2015, 10:16:10 AM
Anyone got a link to the EULA? I got careless and clicked through it without reading it, thinking it was the same one I accepted when I signed up for the Windows Insider Program.

I thought the whole idea was that nobody could read those.  Are you an attorney, masochist, or joking?  smiley


You forgot some of us luv playing "spot the differences!"
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 18, 2015, 10:14:48 AM

Heh I chose to adblock that image Ren for sanity's sake!

So what is that E-thingy symbol and what does the pic mean?

12  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 17, 2015, 12:36:32 PM
I'm coding a few slick new features.. How about a (sortable) page where you can see all the topics ... (or alternatively, participated in by) a given member? I'm having fun!

For me, I have no interest in who started a topic - topics just appear.

So for me, "participated in by" is the power feature ...

- You can find (and cringe!) at all the things you were involved in

- You can find things other people were involved in, that slipped past that "10 topics per day" dashboard.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 17, 2015, 11:15:38 AM
You Probably Can’t Jailbreak This Tablet Made For America’s Prisoners

If people find out there is free WiFi they may be breaking into jail.  smiley


The tablet has a Calendar!?
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Getting Things Done revisited on: July 16, 2015, 03:00:35 PM

No matter which exact setup works for you, a huge point of going kinda slow and carefully is thinking a bit ahead especially on categories of info, so that stuff doesn't get scrambled. (That's sorta how people get into a mess, it's ad-hoc-ness that finally breaks.)

One of the biggest separations is information and To-Dos. So for example one of my big categories is a standing food list of basics to start switching me out of fast food. To a point, that list doesn't change. But then "to-do" is "1-time" - you buy X, and then you're done. So something I am pondering just now, is to make little photocopies of the standing list. Then it becomes a disposable shopping list (saving hours by not re-writing it!!) (And a useful little possible idea for me is just to cross off stuff after I ate it, just to see meal patterns and maybe habits to change.)

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Getting Things Done revisited on: July 16, 2015, 12:28:59 PM
Broadly, David Allen used an idea of a ride with a private pilot to fly "up and down" so you can see *both* the "forest and the trees".

The adaptation below is my simplified one.

The "10K feet" is Projects - that's roughly like the "doable" stuff you can confidently just finish, maybe like installing all the mods you know how to do, a bit of experimentation with new things, and then you "fly higher" for the next bit

So the 20K Feet one, is after you get the smaller "projects" done, what do you want to make as "areas of focus" which is the reason you're re-vamping? What can the new backbone support?

I'll suggest the first one, adding more content by resident bloggers.

To me a Win10 blog is an idea, a bit like your regular newsletters, that pulls in some 100 posts we do and follows Win10 as we see it. (Aka even if someone else writes it, a style like your newsletters.)

Sample fragment:
"So, in the first phase, Microsoft released interim builds a,b,c,d,e,f,g. Then the first launch build is X. User experiences at this link over here. ISO's and other installs over there."

And then lastly, the 30K feet is "what are the goals for the revamp when you're on your way and stuff is moving along?"

So to me, Mouser's existing thread covers the 10K feet pretty well. That leaves the open room of 20K feet for focus areas, and 30K feet for goals and visions.

Comments?

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software wanted: warn when free RAM falls below xxx MB on: July 16, 2015, 12:07:46 PM
... What kind of icon design were you thinking of?  Simple squares of colour?  Something else?

I like the idea of something like the way Task Manager sits there with a square with a dark background and a solid color rises and falls showing Cpu usage. Task Manager's is green. You could do the same look with blue and it would be a great pair because at least for my daily use, Cpu use and memory use are far from the same, and I don't currently have anything fancy installed that dynamically monitors memory.

And as Miles has remarked elsewhere, the number one culprit for me too about memory is when the browsers start to hog it, typically with Flash videos.

Heh I knew about ProcessPiglet, but I had forgotten about it! I'll put a note in my DC personal space to think about it sometime later.

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 16, 2015, 11:34:18 AM
Damn if I can remember where I read it, but I got the impression that the Insider Program was not per se ending. Supposedly due to the - new and ominous - subscription based nature of Windows the brave few idiots were going to be able to test the new update wave(s) as they came about for the rest of the folks what use Winders..

I think it's in one of the FAQs.

And I have no idea about how any of this would work, but I can forsee one of those "2-man small biz operations" where they somehow bulk buy Win10 Pro/Biz copies and resell them to consumers, with the idea that the Microsoft Biz customers get the Biz edition of updates x months after the guinea pig free beta testers "consumers" get hosed by at least one colossal mistake. Then MS sends a memo to Marketing "Hai. Put the Spin Doctor team on this will ya? K-Thx." Then Biz gets the fixed normal update like any other normal update, laughs at the funny stories at lunch, and then they go back to work.

It would be interesting if we had a couple of extra Win-10 threads here and/or ongoing articles/blog columns.

Mouser, you were pondering ideas that after you got the bolts working of the new system, to add more "content". I'm suggesting things like a curated few ongoing blogs with organized info with the Microsoft FAQs, a (by then) "history" section with these pre-launch builds, and more.

I said "a few threads" because one should be neutral and just solve "where did I see that" kinds of things, and then a separate User Experience / Rant thread. (And maybe something else.)

(And to ArizonaHot) No, I can't get "excited" about Win10 - it gives me Heebee-Jeebies!
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: July 16, 2015, 11:19:41 AM
...and we'll leave a seat at the table.
__________________

...or a channel open on that frequency...

(From Star Trek Voyager)
"He lives in Fluidic Space now. It is not for us to be there!"

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Getting Things Done revisited on: July 16, 2015, 02:58:29 AM
Revisiting the revisitation, eh?

We're supposed to! That's the whole point!

If we think a bit, most calendars have a "square" for that day, which I am calling a grid-box. That is why I could never use regular calendars! The boxes were both too small and "amorphous" so at least for me it ended up with either text drifting off a straight line or a "stupid scribble" of three words.

These are called Desk Calendars, but unlike the "empty blank square", the daily boxes are line-ruled like a 4x4 sticky (unlike the 3x3 which is blank - same problem!).

So not only do 3-word scribbles look truly hideous, but then for me, stuff always has "pieces and followups and details". So my big calendar, about 25" by 18", each "day" box has six lines. But "day" is in quotes, because the whole point is you can take a pen and cross off the days, and then you're left with basically a paper spreadsheet.

And it's a case where by "intrinsically forced" into the whole sheet and not crappy stickies, it forces me to really go to another level in the note taking in "stage 2". (Because what I have right now is the 3 related stickies from different days stacked onto each other in an awful mini-pile.)

And then at the end of varying chunks of time, you have automatically archived notes too, rather than trying to figure out what to do with the important stickies.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Getting Things Done revisited on: July 16, 2015, 02:46:17 AM
My version might be at least half the system and I definitely agree with the spirit of it all.

One of my main changes is that the "collection / inbox" in mine more fluid. (If I do it right and learn one quick reflex), when a piece of "stuff" comes in, if it's either a silly/short-term note or a short term to-do, it can live as a sticky for a while rather than a single inbox.

Then in the review stages (which will oscillate between every few days and maybe a couple weeks), it's something like a split for the 2nd stage processing/logging.

If it looks like it's gonna be contained as about 4 related info items, I can decide to make it one of the grid columns. The other split is if it feels different and especially if it looks way bigger, it might either become a printer-paper 2nd edition to go into a folder, or else become something for my big computer note taking system.

Conceptually I  think the difference in mine is that for my style, I have a lot of short term stuff, and then when I whack at them for To-Do or else the note becomes "bad", then I just throw out the sticky, and then the passage of time perspective makes it easier to make the grid topics much more long term useful.

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Meta-Joke - We blew it on the "Review Later" step! : ) on: July 16, 2015, 01:37:53 AM
Arise, NecroThread ...

(What DOES Cthulhu's Action List look like?
"11am. Devour soul. 12 noon. Support a politician hehe.)

uh ...

"And now for your monthly meta-humor..."

It's been a weird chunk of time for me, and surprisingly for me, the start of this thread heralds better days I plan to get back to!

The early comments have some nice discussions about whether you have to be quite as brutally detailed, or if sometimes a little flex is more.

But this whole theme just crossed my mind again! And then look at the time passing!

Coincidences to note:

- Anyone else's life changed dramatically in a year and a half?
- Mouser is now beginning his long-pondered overhaul of DC!

As a nod to a later book David Allen did, he talks about "Altitudes of Vision". Mouser is in one of the higher ones this month ...

Uh oh... Hehe - We just got a Task Item: "Making It All Work" and ask him whether the 30k feet, 40k feet up, or 50k feet up descriptions in the book feel like the mood he is in this month!)
cheesy

Meanwhile down at the "when you're exhausted, just do something that takes about thirteen seconds to do" level, I just realized a colossal Homer D'oh moment:

Problem: The usual scattered stickies of the first part of my three part system. The problem was, the second part was missing. So they just sit there. Near mistake - making the 99-cent version of the second stage on printer paper ... and realized ...

"You Twerp! You already had this part planned. It's those Staples grid calendars, *and* you even bought a couple to use as the *calendar* half of the system (with two choices to play with to avoid the "bah I hate my first choice so I quit effect!). But you never saw that, because you they got jammed under your files and became Inefficient. (Said in 7-of-9's voice from Star Trek Voyager!)."

So then my big wall clock broke (a little) so I moved it for a while ... and BOOM! They are heavy enough to stand up against the wall of my main desk.

Exhausted-Task time: 13 seconds.
Saved disastrously Inefficient time: ... cumulatively, weeks!?

The original inspiration - On the big one, the boxes are very close to a 4x4 sticky. That you can't lose! (Or get crushed at level 2 when you need any more than four pieces of info.)

But the "Trick" behind it is ...You can go Vertically / Horozontally / (pick one, not both), like a mini spreadsheet, to group the small categories together.

And for those Projects, you use an entire whole page, now giving you some 4-7 subcategories, then you make your detail notes in the column or row.

My best results are definitely mid-way. I don't plan on doing his full power system to the letter. But for a long time my desk has been in a state of "Make sticky note. Make another note, stacked on top of the first one, canted at odd angles so you can almost tell which note is which."
thumb down

So stay tuned for a few updates!

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patch your Flash! Version 18.0.0.203 (July 08, 2015) on: July 12, 2015, 12:01:54 AM

The prob shows up when people "wish X company's entire main revenue model goes away".

23  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Faster boots combining hibernate and restart (Boot Snooze) on: July 11, 2015, 04:08:39 PM
boot snooze featured today on ILoveFreeSoftware:
http://www.ilovefreesoftw...hibernate-time-delay.html

Four years later?!

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patch your Flash! Version 18.0.0.203 (July 08, 2015) on: July 11, 2015, 04:07:16 PM
Or if you don't want to abide by Adobe's goofy insistence on trying to bundle McAfee software and want to be able to install Adobe Flash while not connected to the internet, go here:

https://www.adobe.com/pro...player/distribution3.html

This kind of thing bothers me!

Angry

Even on your version of the page, you have to unclick "intall McAfee now". To my mind we're sorta stuck with Flash. McAfee provides no added value of any kind, except to Adobe's "partnership account".

(And why McAfee? Don't revenue-sharing guys just go for the top player? Isn't that how Facebook became essentially the "only social network"?)

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 11, 2015, 10:27:35 AM

Gives whole new meanings to the meme of "think of the children!"

(Paraphrase of some job inteview)
"Did you ever get any misdemeanors or tickets?
"Yes. I got a parking ticket."
"How old were you?"
"I was three."
(Inteerviewer:  ??!)
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