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601  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I have been pwned on: December 09, 2013, 10:51:46 AM
That's useful Curt.

So far my accounts are safe! ... So far!

602  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Pledge + Alpha: Weather Station Warlock on: December 09, 2013, 10:29:50 AM
Everyone likes a warlock! : )
603  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall nightmare on: December 05, 2013, 11:59:11 PM
Instead of uninstalling/reinstalling Firefox, you should be able to hold down a shift key while starting it and then choose to reset to defaults.

More DC advice gold!

While not WOT, I have junked up my copies of FF a few times, so that might be handy.

604  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 Submission: Kyrathaba's Text File Line Item Duplicate Finder on: December 05, 2013, 10:20:36 AM
http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=36640.0

I wrote this utility (link above) to help ferret out a problem on a FB group for which I was monitoring membership.

Downloads so far: 09
 (see attachment in previous post)

That's kinda funky!

Do you have/plan to allow "wildcards"? For example in those other threads I've mentioned doing directory reads, and because of the way I batch stuff, I'll have a lot of stuff like

C/Docs/User/Desktop/Music/NewMusic/BetteMidlerWind1.mp3
C/Docs/User/Desktop/Music/Sets/BetteMidler/Wind1 PitchDn15%.mp3
C/Docs/User/Desktop/Music/BetteMidler/BetteMidlerWind1.mp3
C/Docs/User/Desktop/Music/Sets/BetteMidler/Wind1.mp3
C/Docs/User/Desktop/Music/Sets/BetteMidler/Wind1 SpdDn25%.mp3

So *Wind1* might find all those examples above. Maybe it could separately save the "dupes" list as well, which could turn into a "files to move around" list.

Thoughts?

605  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Pledge: Productivity utility on: December 05, 2013, 10:11:44 AM
I love seeing new productivity tools, even if they don't turn out to be useful they are fun.  I'd like to see more odd experiments with this genre.  thumbs up

It's not a NANY, but I'm just chiming in to say I picked up a funky timer app for my iPhone that lets you set time periods like a stoplight as Green, then Yellow, then Red. But it counts down in bars rather than numbers, so it's very holistic rather than the "overprecise digital" nature of a lot of timers.

What's proven interesting for me is you can set it for "unexpected" time chunks. (My pet favorite is 37 minutes.) So for example doing ugly stuff like dishes, it's easy to get past the "green" slot, and then right about when I am getting ancy it goes to "red", aka a mirror of my mood and a reminder to stick with it and Get Them Done. (I tend to keep "yellow" off for now.)





606  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: About signing up to download freeware license keys - READ IN PLEASE on: November 30, 2013, 01:15:11 AM
Anyway, it exceeded my relatively low tolerance threshold for absurdity, otherwise I would not have made any comment.

Iain, we both just learned to increase our tolerance for absurdity! (Yikes!)

607  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: About signing up to download freeware license keys - READ IN PLEASE on: November 30, 2013, 01:11:43 AM
You gotta just be wary of these people who post 1 note and no followup. Even if they are having trouble, that's sorta the new way of the net.

No easy answer to that. I'll get a bit bold and say that anyone who *replies* to a 1-shot post is who we want. If they don't bother to reply anything at all, that's not who we are. It's not what we do. Sorry, but we basically don't do 1-shot forum posts that never ever get responded to.

608  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Caveat emptor ("let the buyer beware") in Internet online purchasing on: November 30, 2013, 01:05:05 AM
Very broadly I want to react to "customer/victim" because I think that is at least part of the discussion. We're a bit cynical here at DC but many businesses would ... uh ... commit-Non-CSI-Compatible acts to generate market share and all that.

609  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Caveat emptor ("let the buyer beware") in Internet online purchasing on: November 30, 2013, 01:00:16 AM
Heh IainB is my hero for Non-Brief-Posts.

No "The proof is wonderful, but too long for the margins" for this fellow! (Fermat reference. The fella couldn't be bothered to attach any 12 pages of his key proofs?!)

In another post I'll actually look at this note. This one is just cheerleading.

610  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 30, 2013, 12:57:14 AM
I dunno, about the Inferior Baseball, the Red Sox started winning including this year ...

611  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We've got roughly six weeks left, folks! on: November 22, 2013, 05:16:40 PM
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C'mon peeps! You know you want to make something for NANY! Do it for the mugs, if for no other reason!

+1  tongue

Heh would everyone quit copying Google's +1?

: )

 Cool

612  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / "HIV Tracking Technology" on: November 22, 2013, 05:13:42 PM

Okay, this one hits nerves on so many levels, but I really feel what makes DC great is that sometimes we tackle the Big Issues, esp when they overlap with software. So here goes!

"HIV Tracking Technology". Quotes added because people sorta did it on the down-low, but now someone managed to make this News. Capital N.

Some relevant links:
http://science.slashdot.o...npoint-whos-infecting-who
http://www.lanl.gov/newsr...-spread-and-evolution.php
http://motherboard.vice.c...npoint-whos-infecting-who

Slashdot's Summary:
 HIV Tracking Technology Could Pinpoint Who's Infecting Who
Posted by timothy on Thursday November 21, 2013 @10:06AM
from the yet-you-say-you-were-in-burma-at-the-time dept.
Daniel_Stuckey writes "No man is an island, but evolutionarily, each person functions like one for the HIV virus. That's according to Thomas Leitner, a researcher working on a project aimed at creating technology for tracking HIV through a population. The technology, which is being studied at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, may allow people to identify who infected them with the virus, a development that could have major implications in criminal proceedings. "If you're familiar with Darwin's finches, you have a population of birds on one island and they keep moving and evolving as they spread to other islands so that each population is a little different," Leitner said. "With HIV, it's the same. Every person infected with HIV has a slightly different form of the virus. It's the ultimate chameleon because it evolves this way."

---

Back to me.

I've sat on this a couple of days.

I'm currently Neg.

But I am now in a city where it's like the leading non-discussed slow-death crisis. Parse that as you will.

So ... as both a (former?) professional Pattern Matcher in a sense, and a humanities fella interested in software, my first reaction is ... "Now? In 2013? Someone decides this is News?"

My second reaction is "Well okay, you added some science. Good enough. But why are we deathly terrified of four ounces of baby milk on a plane when X million people can end your life (slowly!) in thirty minutes?!"

My third reaction is, "We're tracking everything else. How did this stay a Non-Trackable Topic for so long?"

So ... Summary ... It's a total mess. But there's the News Story. It's now "Safe to Discuss News". So have at it. Because even my "feeble" action of reporting it to DC ... spreads the discussion. Butterfly effects, and all that.



613  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Winamp to shut down December 20, 2013. Get the latest version if you want it. on: November 21, 2013, 01:22:02 PM
As it says here: http://www.winamp.com/media-player/en
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Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date.

...

Why do companies insist on "shutting down" rather than keeping "minimal services" like a Download Last Page?

Coming from the Abandonware vs Copyright discussion, just find a file host willing to just make the download available with a "farewell" page.

614  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: make folder set out of a txt file on: November 21, 2013, 01:18:33 PM

I'll have to this program sometime! : )

615  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 20, 2013, 07:33:59 AM

Haha!

Maybe Zork closed the book on this in 1981:
"A maze of twisty little statements, all alike. And if you believe them, you are likely to be financially ruined by a grue!"

 Cool
616  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 14 Year old Thiel Fellow creates his own nuclear fusion plant on: November 20, 2013, 07:28:40 AM
Genius "Terrorist" at work in the basement: 14 Year old Thiel Fellow creates his own nuclear fusion plant

"Fixed That For You!"

 Cool
617  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adblock Plus Letting Ads By on: November 16, 2013, 12:07:23 AM
That seems to mostly work 4wd!

I got stuck a bit on the way, but it seems to be working!

618  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: convert MOBI or EPUB ebook format to PDF while influencing font size? on: November 16, 2013, 12:06:41 AM

Okay, this is an old thread, but it popped up so here it is.

My instinct is to do it in two stages. Converting "into" PDF is pretty easy. So take your source .mobi or whatever, open it into a word editor, fiddle with the fonts or even the text, then hit "export to PDF".

Going the other way is the one that's hard - PDF's were sorta made not to be easily messed with.

619  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Heeee's Baaaaack!!! Stephen Wolfram is going to revolutionize everything again. on: November 16, 2013, 12:01:41 AM
This guy is such a fascinating character, and obviously not always in a good way.  ...  I can't stand him normally, but then his website really is pretty genius.

Prologue: What is his webpage link and why is it genius?

Re: his book "A New Kind of Science", it is kinda neat, and somewhere between "beautiful" per above and Mouser's remark. What I got from it was a metaphor/analogy, that sometimes it just takes "processing" to do something, and that it truly can't be short-circuited.

Very broadly, I think we're in one of those points with the Snowden Theme. The "2nd Term Obama + Snowden" feels different from say 2007.

But it's odd because I think Bradley Manning and/or Julian Assange also had about the same grade of info, but the Powers managed to silence them. But maybe they proto-woke-up the public, like subtle precursors, before Snowden's stuff seems to stick far more.

Looping back: Wolfram - New kind of Science. Sometimes stuff "just needs to be processed".

620  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YouTube finally forces creation of google+ A/C to comment on: November 15, 2013, 10:51:18 PM
...
I also don't see how you can claim that Google is a monopoly in any of the services it performs. For search there's Bing and numerous smaller players; for video there's Vimeo and others; for email there's Outlook.com and too many others to even think about; for social networking, they're playing second fiddle at best; and so on.

So where you're using Google, it's because, in one way or another, you believe they've got a superior product.

Heh ... well that's why I use Yahoo, because they're Not-Google! Even though they had Inferior Products for a decade!  Grin

But there's a nebulous zone of Near-Monopolies, where theoretically there are some bit players, but it's "almost a monopoly". The rough def of Monopoly is % based.

For example, in Microsoft the newly-returned from his Submarine Mine job over at Nokia, I think Stephen Elop was pondering killing Bing. So while it's *currently* there, it might be gone soon! Yahoo is already "powered" by Bing on the back end. For email, basically only like four companies have been around over a decade, mainly Google, Yahoo, MS, and your choice of a fourth.

621  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: November 15, 2013, 10:38:11 PM

Wow.

Just Wow. : )

622  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Manually recovering text from corrupt MS Word DOC and DOCX files on: November 15, 2013, 11:54:16 AM

I would like to remark that sad as it is, .doc and .docx are two wholly different use cases. For about a year in my old job, I was the only one who knew that the contract writing software didn't in fact accept docx-anything, so I converted it behind the scenes.

Broader level:
The "expectations" remark (paragraphs!) is about right.

If you're dealing with dead files that by all rights should open, you're already in trouble. The rest is guessing hoping you get lucky. Some ideas:

A. Try to write as a Rich Text RTF file. Sometimes that's a middle ground to pure text.

B. Change File Formats.
Sometimes X native program refuses to behave but Y or Z "import" function works. Not to be sloppy, but in this category just save a "scratch" copy to play with, and abuse the scratch copy as aggressively as you like, since you're looking at Data Zero on the real copy, who cares? Typical tricks include just changing the file ending of the copy to .rtf, ignore the crap and save 38 of the 50 important lines of text! Other tricks include opening in custom semi-custom software, and more.

623  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adblock Plus Letting Ads By on: November 15, 2013, 11:42:53 AM

This was the most relevant thread I could find.

See this page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...on_%28season_3%29#Writing

It refuses to AdBlock the pic of Andreas Katsulas. (About midway in the page.)

When was I not aware that certain random pics were not able to be AdBlocked?!

It's not even the Ad-Beg of the previous thread. This is total and simple even Ad-Block Edge "No. I don't feel like dealing with that. Go away."

624  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Anti-Wikipedia-Beg methods? on: November 14, 2013, 10:54:02 PM
(see attachment in previous post)
I don't know if you can block DIV elements in AdBlock but here's the one you want according to Inspector, (Menu->Web Developer->Inspector):
 (see attachment in previous post)

I've tried, on rough attempts it's killed lots of other page elements!

But I'll file your note for a day I want to spend two hours on this!

ReStated, the AdBlock Element rule that quieted this also nuked lots of other important page frames! (Who knew that Wiki had like seven frames?!)



625  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 14, 2013, 10:52:18 PM
Do you think this company has a hiring policy?

http://archive.is/KDtBJ

Haha! To put it in words, Hire White-ish women, up to the Glass Ceiling, then hire White Men at the top?

tellme   Cool
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