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801  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WARNING! - installing Internet Explorer 11 may necessitate Firefox re-install. on: December 25, 2013, 08:04:01 AM
(b) Go to menu Tools | Options | Advanced | Update and select "Check for updates, but let me choose whether to install them".

Turns out I have already done this, and I'm already on the "Release" channel.

I just keep getting annoyed at the pop ups "do you want to install the updates". I'm on the verge of switching it over to "never look for updates". Has anyone here had any close calls where being one version back before updating truly was a security risk?
802  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 25, 2013, 12:32:12 AM
The mining window is closing as it is getting increasingly difficult to do (unless you have really serious dedicated hardware). When I first started I was getting over 10,000 coins a day ... Now I'm lucky to break 100.

Bingo StoicJoker.

That's the big flaw that keeps bothering me. "Look, here's a new crypto-currency and only a hundred people know about it! Nice advantage to us! Then later when it gets popular the algo will slow down and no one can get much more!"

Reminds me of the day when I cared about Magic the Gathering and bought a pizza with two Sengir Vampires!  cheesy  (The clerk made a note of the sale and said he would pay back his register.)

803  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: The NANY Retrospective Thread on: December 25, 2013, 12:27:13 AM
Counting this year's NANY, I've been involved in the event five different years ('07, '11, '12, '13, '14) and have contributed a total of one dozen applications. The app I had the most fun coding was "Found Money":

Heh not that I've used this, I just dump all my change into mugs and plastic bags, but it did occur to me there's a funny potential feature.

"Wheat Pennies found". Ordinary pennies - Bleh. Tell the cashier "you can keep the pennies". You don't need the pennies. "Donating" 2-3 pennies to the cashier helps keep their manager from bitching at them if their drawer goes under for being nice to the next guy when they give out a quarter of change instead of actually counting out change. (Really Burger King? At least one of your meals costs $6.03?!) But Wheat Pennies. They're like Poor Man's Gold. Actually worthless, but fun to collect!
804  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Pledge: Text Analysis App on: December 25, 2013, 12:16:47 AM
Text Analysis App

This app will make it easier to analyze a chunk of text and see useful information. Its focus is analysis rather than manipulation.

I've been dealing with some rather large log files at work lately, and I find myself dissatisfied with my ability to extract useful information from large bodies of text. Crafting find-and-replace queries, importing to Excel, and visually scanning for data are all tedious processes that dance around the goal: gathering information and answering questions. This tool will be different. Somehow.

Any news here Pyro?

And will there ever be feature updates after Nany? Murphy's law sez one day I'll latch on to this but want a killer app feature. : )

805  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WARNING! - installing Internet Explorer 11 may necessitate Firefox re-install. on: December 25, 2013, 12:14:12 AM
last stable ß update and stopped allowing FF to automatically update.

1. You know Iain is HardCore when he actually used the Beta symbol!

2. How do you stop Firefox (and clones!) from automatically trying to update?

806  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release: Reference Overlay Tool on: December 25, 2013, 12:11:07 AM
Hmm, maybe there should be a general call for requesting Feedback for nany's. Looking at this thread I didn't "take this seriously" way back in November. I tend to wait for mid December for nany testing after y'all have whacked at the apps.

Some thoughts.

1. Put a help file / readme in there. It took me a few minutes to find the button in the top right to save a picture path, and then to actually copy pictures over to the test path.

2. It seems to "block focus" so that I can't click "what's under" the image. So it leaves me a bit confused why it's transparent if I can't keep working with whatever's "under" the picture. Win XP.

3. Advanced: You can have more than one copy of the app open, so you can play around with "compositing" pics on top of each other!

807  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are Your Favorite YouTube Channels? Here are Mine for Board Games on: December 24, 2013, 04:36:18 PM
Okay, Mouser said Board Games, so I'm gonna hit the Chess side!

For me, it's one thing if a GM can play, but I just have a tough time with foreign accents in the "new craze" of chess videos. (Big debate there, Videos vs Books, but that's another thread!)

So of the videos, via ChessBase aka Playchess, I got hooked on Daniel King's videos.


Now, there's a bit of a trick to being a chess commentator. Because the only games "people care about" are the top 25 Super Players, it poses a bit of a problem because for example Chessbase has started making the commentators not use computers in their live comments, so that they don't sound like "high and mighty gods from the armchair".

All well and good, but typically the commentators are rated 350 points below their game subjects, and medium-often they guess and miss. Here's where it gets tricky. The commentator doesn't pretend to be able to beat the game player - hence why he's in the news booth and the player is at the table. But if he can get close to the right idea, then for the viewer it's close to what the super-player is at least working on at the board.

When faced with a Super-Class move or four, the good commentators admit they have no idea what's going on, but then at least try to chop up the basics and keep going. A few second tier commentators just became tired and kept saying "I have no idea what this move does... I'm so lost...".

Daniel King then does re-caps with the computer indeed on, posted to ChessBase, and is one of the best to really hone in on the age old problem of Material vs Initiative & Mobility. Millions of Grandmaster games get all wrapped up in "Player A has an extra pawn, but to get it he had to give Player B active pieces and stuff to do for X amount of moves." So if Player B's Chaos confuses Player A, he wins fast and brutally. If Player A survives the Chaos, he wins because he wins a 66 move endgame with an extra pawn.

*That's* what modern GM chess is.

Plus Danny King has a cool accent!  And a is a GM chessplayer named King!  thumbs up 

Runner up because he doesn't officially have a channel but he's the lead "text reporter" for Chessbase is Alejandro Ramirez. He's fast enough on his feet to catch the other half of the game's story, so if you merge both of those commentaries, you basically get anything you need to know about a GM chess game.

2nd Runner up because he's rarer is "only" IM Andrew Martin, who talks at a faster Word Per Minute rate, and sometimes that matters for instruction if you're one of the types who works that way. So he might find some finesses the other two missed and he delivers longer sentences with more dependent clauses faster. See me in a PM if any of you are Learning Theory mavens and want to thrash out private theories. Just sayin' Martin earns "Second Runner Up".

A word on Accents. King's accent is closer to "Received Pronunciation". Martin's is a different kind of dialect. (Northern? Half-Cockney without the slang?)

So a typical Chessbase report ends up with Alejandro Ramirez on print reports, Danny King on video.

But if you do a YouTube search for Alejandro Ramirez, he's pretty good on lectures too. Here's a couple of links for A. R.

808  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 23, 2013, 03:38:13 PM
See elsewhere [...]
ah go on - give us a link cheesy
"Sometimes a clue is more tantalizing. If you didn't feel like a 12 second we search, then you didn't care about the issue anyway!" (This is often what I feel about obscure Linux news.)

: )

809  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 23, 2013, 03:08:11 PM
No, but BitCoin as the King and the other CryptoMoney as the followers has a horrible feeling like the old early Dot-Com explosion - all this early activity, then it crashes for good, then it becomes a cheap 3rd rate joke.

See elsewhere for the allegation that the Chinese exchange faked BitCoin trading data in light of the Chinese Ban.

810  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 23, 2013, 02:55:18 PM
The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw in "Metcalfe's law"--which states that the number of potential connections in a network is proportional to the square of the number of participants--becomes apparent: most people have nothing to say to each other! By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet's impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine's. - Paul Krugman, 1998


Funny, but I in my Amateur Armchair vehemently disagree.

The Internet has "changed" 110 Trillion dollars of effect. How? Because the "viral" possibility of news means that things can't be shut up like the old days. So any topic ever, times the economic impact, explodes on the net. Just look at these BitCoin stories. I've seen forty of them. Barely one would have made "old news media".

Your choice of 88 other topics.

The Internet has exploded what Information means. And with Information comes Economics.

811  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Can a user force an alternate routing to a website? on: December 22, 2013, 12:27:11 PM
Yeah, I don't yet know, so that's one more project!
812  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hidden Netflix Marathon Gems to Watch Online on: December 21, 2013, 06:39:43 PM
I think what they're missing is the bluster and naive arrogance of the Victorian era, when men were men, women were women, and English virtues were the only virtues worth owning. It had an aura of innocence and certainty that you can't recreate in a modern setting. Nor can you duplicate the romance that the imagery of a fog shrouded horse drawn London provided. Setting and the era  are at the heart of Sherlock Holmes appeal. Much like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells needed a less technologically sophisticated world in which to create their wonders and make them believable within that context. Steampunk is trying to get some of that back, but it's still only a pastiche no matter how skillfully it's done.
This is a beautiful explanation of it, thank you.  This is also a new thing to me.  I'm starting to notice all the British influences in my life, it's interesting.  I'm definitely getting a better sense of what it means to be British specifically as opposed to American.  it's something I never understood before.

And you've now given me many hours of Holmes to look forward to.

I know this is a Necro Thread, but then Sherlock Holmes is a 100 year old classic, so why complain that a thread is "all of a year old"? So here goes.

I'll reverse it: What the old series had that maybe the modern takes don't (I haven't seen them) is respect for both pondering and the spoken word. I'm having trouble recalling scenes where Holmes was actually fighting - yes, he could avoid a two bit thug, but he didn't go around becoming known as the next great fighter.

Instead, he sorta just tripped-and-punched the thug, *then went home*. Then he thought a lot about what it all meant (with Watson as a sounding board.)

So in one sense, it's back to my theme this month about pacing - sometimes he sent off a letter by postal mail, and he knew there wouldn't even be an answer for about three days. That alone is way different from our hyper-speed world!

813  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PROJECT: Children's home store server on: December 21, 2013, 06:08:13 PM

All that is fascinating, Josh!

It's all so different from the way I and most kids of my era were brought up - before the internet was "always on" with digital shopping, etc. So there were perhaps only three stores I wanted to spend my weekly allowance at, and the allowance was at a point where at worst two weeks worth was enough to buy some toy or book. So at that level I had a decent handle on what money is.

As for "fake money", what about using Monopoly money as the physical counterpart of it all? Then you get to go into themes like "a fist full of single dollars is less than two twenties" and all that.

814  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 'gallows engineering' expression? on: December 21, 2013, 05:21:27 PM

"Penny Wise Pound Foolish" is a term that's very close to this. In other words, per your example, they want to save 12 cents per unit on a run of 20 million units, but then because the part was made cheaply, a customer dies etc.

This kind of discussion floats around business classes all the time, though I don't recall hearing about a fancy term like your suggested "gallows engineering". From outside the company when they do that, such as a friend of the dead customer, the phrase "cheap ass bastards" also comes pretty close.

815  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PROJECT: Children's home store server on: December 20, 2013, 11:22:49 PM
Just a generally-supportive post with a little giggling here ... this entire concept strikes me as a little funny. Talk about raising children in the digital age!

But what I do want to know is a bit about why they're not straight cash sale transactions, and why they have to be "fake". Why not give the daughter "store credits" that she can then cash out like any other "easy" store transaction?

In other words, it's not clear to me why stuff in the "store" can't just have a dollar value, and the daughter "earns store money" doing chores. Then it's just a regular cash-out. She can't be buying stuff daily, I'm betting she only gets stuff at most once a month or even once a week. So just use a typical store-cart.

816  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Batch file or vbs code to change name of xls worksheet back to "Sheet1" on: December 20, 2013, 11:13:20 PM
I'll suggest an ugly hack.

Using one of the "macro scripting" programs, you might be able to do some version of this:
1. Initial Windows search for .xls or .xlsx files aka Excel
2. Alt-____-_____ go to first tab to Rename
3. Control-V Paste the correct new name

I just looked at the problem in Kingsoft, so I'm missing the exact commands in Excel, but at the key point there has to be a command to "go to first tab", then "rename", and then it's Control-V Paste. "Ok-Ok-Save-Close" at the very end.

817  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any one else have a bad Window update? on: December 20, 2013, 03:19:08 PM

Right, this is sorta what I do:

" my first recommendation is to turn off the bloody Automatic Update. Manually check for updates later in the month -- after the masses get used as cannon fodder -- when the coast is clear."

818  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any one else have a bad Window update? on: December 20, 2013, 12:24:20 PM

Heh at least three coders here have mentioned that my box is cranky as all get-out, but I can't recall a truly horrid Win Update in a long time. Then again, I wait about 3 days before I install them, so ya never know if a piece is pulled and replaced! But really, I always use "custom" and look at the update summaries, but they haven't really torched me yet.

819  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best Storage Option for Ripped DVD Movies? on: December 20, 2013, 12:17:11 PM
I have a fairly large DVD collection. Well, large for me, anyway. A little over 500 titles comprised of about 1500 disks. (A lot of TV series included which contain multiple disks).

I have a number of them ripped and stored on an internal HDD (3TB SATA drive), and all are backed up presently to an external 2TB USB 3.0 drive. I'd like to get the whole collection ripped but I am debating the best way to store them. More external USB drives? A NAS? Or one of the Media Servers I see advertised? I have seen comments in the past about just setting up a separate computer for them, but I don’t think I'm quite ready for that yet.

I would appreciate advice/comments on which storage media you think is best; that is, at a reasonable cost! What's reasonable to me? Currently that equates to hundreds of dollars, not thousands. NAS looks pretty good but most seem geared toward backups and using RAID, which I don’t want to do right now if possible. Of course I may be way off with that thinking. Maybe an enclosure that holds four or so internal drives? My technical level is very high with regard to ripping the DVDs, but about the lower end of intermediate as to what storage option to use and how to properly set them up.

I appreciate any help you can offer.



I might be out of my league here but I'll offer the viewpoint of adding an extra internal drive to your box. As mentioned elsewhere, I did a decent job with a buddy of mine all the way back in 2006 planning a "machine for the future". I have two 1 TB drives already. I don't rip DVD's so that's tremendous even today.

So what I did aka my idea/suggestion was that C Drive was for all the cruft of the OS, installing a hundred programs (and uninstalling 40 of them later, followed by defrags, yay!), misc day -into-month data, etc.

But D Drive has nothing but backups on it, and is solely the backup drive. So I'm presuming that in the event of Some Disaster, you can just pull that drive out and stick it in another machine. So anyway, I don't see why it's so important to have the drives External. I like being able to just select the drive as part of the system, and one day X years from now when C Drive finally croaks, D has got to be in better shape and can just travel somewhere. Or at least the info can be pulled from it or something.

820  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: MyInfo organizer 51% discount on December 19, 2013 on: December 20, 2013, 12:10:20 PM
The offer is extended for another day at BitsDuJour, so you still have a chance to get advantage of it!

TaoPhoenix, thanks for the good words!

Heh you bet!

I have only paid for about 7 programs/services on the net, and you're one of them!

Never underestimate a Killer Feature. Now we sorta know how the world felt in VisiCalc made people buy computers just for that!

821  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint 16 "Petra" just released on: December 20, 2013, 12:07:16 PM
Ah, I should have been more clear as well...  I am running Debian "Testing", not Linux Mint.  I used to be a Ubuntu fan, but it has gone downhill since 9.10, IMNSHO.  I went back to Debian and I've gotten along with it so well that I intend to stay.

Though I will admit Mint looks pretty slick...

Right before I lost interest entirely in Linux (but not the respect!) I became grumpy with uBuntu because at one particular point the box I was on simply stopped working between upgrades. Aka I had matching CD's in hand and whatever older copy of Ubuntu worked, the next couple of new ones didn't. (Provable, I loaded each like three times.) But at the time Linux Mint wasn't working for me either.

I ended up with some really obscure sub-sub-variant of Ubuntu with extra drivers added by the package dev by hand, and that worked. Presumably during whatever update of official Ubuntu that was, ____ driver got dropped or something.

But I hate to say it, I'm just stuck on Windows because as distractible as I am, Linux adventuring proved to be one too many things to handle! : (      So now I'm just on Windows because I'm tired/lazy because of all the little widgets that are on my comp.

822  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Can a user force an alternate routing to a website? on: December 20, 2013, 12:00:05 PM
Update: Recently the Coral Cache version of the link doesn't load anymore. : ( 

So I'm still quietly hunting for new tricks!

823  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY - Image Capture and Upload Program on: December 20, 2013, 10:11:57 AM
Heh well that's a little weird.

This version seems to behave a little better.

I'll be around if the glitch pops up again!

824  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY - Image Capture and Upload Program on: December 20, 2013, 08:16:23 AM
Can you give me more info on the crash? Error/line number or screen shot (ironic eh?)

Does it crash right when you start it?

There's no message at all. About the 2nd or 3rd capture it just freezes. And only 1/2 to 3/4 of the time - sometimes I get lucky. It's really tricky! : (

Partial clue - it might (or might not) have something to do with holding the tab open with the first capture, rather than closing the browser. But that's far from clear!

Though this part is funny! "or screen shot (ironic eh?)"  cheesy

825  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 20, 2013, 08:06:22 AM
I'm actually a bit stunned how bad that article is. It's from Matthew O'Brien, a senior associate editor at The Atlantic covering business and economics. He doesnt even acknowledge that there are different schools of economic thought. I'm even wondering was the guy just trying to troll a bit, and upset as many Bitcoin fans as possible ...

Going sideways a bit, "trolls are trolls", but I don't want "senior associate editors at The Atlantic covering business and economics" ... doing the trolling.

I have enough trouble getting my news cleanly, with "known troll rags" out there muddying the picture, without what was supposed to be a Grade A source jumping in!


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