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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Save the internet" on: January 12, 2012, 11:09:26 PM
I reckon perhaps more effective than an outright boycott would be a massive move over to independent media. After all, with a sudden drop-off of sales and no corresponding rise in other legitimate media business, they can just claim piracy has had a huge jump and they need even more draconian laws to handle it.

- Oshyan
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Easy Remote access to another PC? on: January 12, 2012, 11:02:03 PM
UltraVNC is my VNC client of choice. TightVNC has potentially better data encoding, but the new version lacks a display driver for mirroring, which makes it dog slow in my experience, especially over high bandwidth (e.g. LAN) connections.

- Oshyan
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hosters are impossible. (A.k.a. get me what I want, not what I don't want!) on: January 07, 2012, 08:33:54 PM
They haven't been supported for over a year. Basically, open one tab, and login on your @gmail.com account. Next, go to mail.example.com and login there. Nowadays, they log you out on the other one: only a single mailbox active seems supported nowadays. In days gone by, I could have three of the buggers open for days, and that was convenient, especially on the email-checking area. Logging in every time I need to use another account however is a big big bummer.

Odd, I thought they added *explicit* support for this within the last year or two, where you now have a drop-down menu from which you can easily switch between accounts. And yes, you can have multiple accounts logged-in and open at the same time, on different domains. I currently have 3 separate accounts logged-in, 2 regular Gmail, one GApps on a domain. Or is that not what you meant?

- Oshyan
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Drive Extender replacement due out in 2012. It's called Storage Spaces. on: January 07, 2012, 08:25:28 PM
Wooo! Can't wait to put Win8 on my HTPC. Not only will Metro actually make sense there, but Storage Spaces will rock for big (HD) movie storage!

- Oshyan
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: If you had a medical implant would you rather it be closed or open source? on: January 05, 2012, 09:37:20 PM
It's not science though, it's politics. The science is what tells us fluoride is unnecessary. It's politicians in various forms that keep fluoride living on in our water supply. And Stoic, I agree, I grew up drinking water out of a spring, now that I live in a city I try to only drink filtered tap water (takes out the fluoride and chlorine). Hardly any cavities, especially compared to my friends. But that's all anecdotal and not really necessary given there is "hard science" showing essentially no benefit, not to mention potential risks from ingesting it. As Renegade said, the only potentially beneficial effects shown were with *topical* application, and even then then are apparently better options for preventing tooth decay.

- Oshyan
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Found on the Web: Short Rant Against Users of Free Web Apps on: January 05, 2012, 09:28:54 PM
The other issue is the prices.  Most shareware is going to be minimum $20.  That's not much, but most people would consider it too expensive unless they were really serious about it.  The app prices ($2-5) are much more acceptable psychologically to users.  They'll buy it just to see.  That's where you want to be, even more so with Windows.

I was under the impression that 99 cent apps sold a lot better than the $2-5 range. As I understand it the $2-5 range is still a really tough one even on mobile devices. I wouldn't be surprised if more expensive apps ($5-10 or even $20) actually sold better. It would jive with PC-side pricing realities where very often pricing your app at $20 actually results in a lower perception of value and thus lower sales than pricing at say $40 ($39.99). There was a lot of discussion on this in the Sagelight thread a while back.

- Oshyan
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Found on the Web: Short Rant Against Users of Free Web Apps on: January 05, 2012, 04:28:59 PM
I think the vast majority of people using Google, Facebook, and many other free services don't really (actively/consciously) recognize that they're the product, that the company is making money off of them. If they do know, they don't care that much, and it's not the reason they feel entitled to get things free nor expect to get new features implemented, etc. I don't know precisely the reason that *is* the case, but I don't think it's to do with the fact that money is being made somewhere. The *opposite* effect - paying customers generally being nicer - may have more to do with the "overjustification effect" than anything, in fact.

As to the potential success of "freemium", well of course there always needs to be *some* source of profit. But there's no reason that sales of an application needs to be its sole or primary source of income, or indeed generate any income at all. Many other industries have done this for years. Newspapers sell advertising. Websites have web ads. Free-to-play MMOs have add-ons and trinkets you can buy. Money is always being made somewhere, it's just a matter of how palatable it is to your overall user base.

- Oshyan
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: If you had a medical implant would you rather it be closed or open source? on: January 05, 2012, 04:21:35 PM
Getting rather off-topic now I guess, but in regards to fluoride in the water, let's consider not what harm it may be causing (which is debated but documented), rather what *good* is it doing, if any. The evidence for any positive benefit from fluoride at concentrations as low as in our water supply is... scant. In other words we're ingesting fluoride for no good reason. There are a variety of theories, ranging on the "conspiracy spectrum" from "We had good reason to believe it was beneficial when the policy was implemented" to "We needed a good way to get rid of excess fluoride from other manufacturing processes" (the latter of which seems rather far-fetched but quite scary if even remotely true).

Regardless of the reason it's there, the only useful question in my view is whether it actually does any *good*. Continuing something simply because it does not/may not do any harm is not reason enough to continue.

- Oshyan
59  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: FINAL: The Official WriteUp for the NANY 2012 Event! on: January 05, 2012, 12:42:10 AM
Congrats everyone and thank you for sharing your coding talent and time with us!

- Oshyan
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Upgrading RAM amount; please help me choose. on: January 04, 2012, 10:11:37 PM
Or you could save all the swapping around, which is *hands-on* time, and just let Memtest run over night. Wink But I'll agree I've done my share of swapping things about for diagnoses purposes too. Usually when I'm impatient. Grin

- Oshyan
61  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Web designer needed to convert a Joomla template to a WordPress theme on: January 04, 2012, 10:09:19 PM
9 times out of 10 I find 1 or more references to say the logo file and then I can replace them on a case-by-case basis or do an automated search-and-replace.

That's not quite what I meant though - I know I can be long-winded and that doesn't help clarity. It's not about finding the image. It's about making your own image, with your text and maybe a logo, that fits the style of the theme. If you take the theme I used as an example and replace the brown-and-blue "obsidian" header picture with, say, Google's logo, the effect will be rather crappy, wouldn't you agree?

So basically when you buy a commercial template like this, you may also need to buy the services of a professional graphic designer who will make a logo for you that goes well with the theme. That, or you have to name your site "Obsidian" smiley

Ahhh yes, I see what you mean. Unfortunately that's much more a matter of artistic/design skill (which I too lack). As you say, hiring a graphic designer would be the best bet in that case, but not cheap.

- Oshyan
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's with the super-popular youtube videos that are just slideshows?? on: January 04, 2012, 10:07:59 PM
Ads are common and are often integrated into the video (overlaid actually). The video uploader doesn't put them there but they *can* benefit from it if they sign up for ad revenue share or something. Hence the benefit to the uploader.

- Oshyan
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Upgrading RAM amount; please help me choose. on: January 04, 2012, 06:04:41 PM
J-Mac, nice one on the new Puget system! Let us know what you think of it (and your overall experience), I still haven't reported on mine, but I'm still loving it 2+ months later. cheesy

SBAC: Your BSODs could be Comodo, that's definitely something I'd check early on, but do seem potentially hardware-related. Run a memory scan (Memtest86+ is my recommendation). Also, did you actually move/change any hardware *inside* the case recently? If so you might have bumped something...

- Oshyan
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's with the super-popular youtube videos that are just slideshows?? on: January 04, 2012, 05:56:21 PM
I'm glad they show view numbers on search results, I use those as indicators a lot of times and while total number of views sometimes steers me wrong (depending on the search), it's still useful. But use thumbs up/down numbers on search results would also be nice.

As to whether there's money in this, do you see ads when you watch the videos? If so then your answer is most emphatically yes, there is money in it. cheesy

- Oshyan
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: movie database (offline, standalone)? on: January 04, 2012, 05:53:06 PM
http://www.imdb.com/interfaces#plain
http://ftp://ftp.fu-berli...pub/misc/movies/database/

- Oshyan
66  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Web designer needed to convert a Joomla template to a WordPress theme on: January 04, 2012, 05:36:16 PM
Concrete 5 has some niceties but IMO is no better than Joomla in terms of overall comprehensibility, and a large number of its better extensions are commercial, unlike Joomla and Wordpress. If the capability you want is part of C5's default setup I *might* recommend it - its front-end editing and previewing capability with built-in versioning is pretty dynamite - but overall I'm not a huge fan.

Regarding how to replace a logo, I'm far, far from an HTML or CSS expert, but I manage to muddle through stuff like this fairly often. The main method I use with that sort of thing is a combination of "inspect element" (Chrome, or Firebug in Firefox, etc.), finding an image name or relevant CSS id, etc., and then doing a full text search on a folder full of my CMS files using e.g. PSPad (my editor of choice). 9 times out of 10 I find 1 or more references to say the logo file and then I can replace them on a case-by-case basis or do an automated search-and-replace. That's just an idea of how to get started, but if you were able to code anything at all, as you said about Wordpress, then I'd say your chances of understanding this stuff are well above mine and it's worth knowing a *bit* even if you *do* have someone else convert the template.

I think you should take Carol up on her offer to solve your Joomla issues though. Wink

- Oshyan
67  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Web designer needed to convert a Joomla template to a WordPress theme on: January 03, 2012, 05:24:00 PM
There are cheap overseas companies out there that will do this for probably $500. I have no specific recommendations and haven't worked with any, but if you don't go that route I suspect it will be at least $1000, if not more.

Personally I think you'll run into issues with any system you choose. Wordpress is likely to be *less* flexible and able to "host simple software downloads" (because it's designed to be a blogging platform first). So I'd recommend asking in Joomla forums how to solve your problems rather than taking time and paying money to switch to another system that may cause as many - or more - headaches. But I *do* understand that you like the way Wordpress seems to work better than Joomla and while I'm ok with Joomla, I'll grand Wordpress is seemingly more friendly. I do think part of this is just due to lesser capabilities though.

Joomla's menu/linking system *is* one of the most confusing things about it in my view, but it's also fairly powerful. In your case I would suggest doing things a bit differently, by making an additional menu module that appears dynamically when you're on a product page. Have *only* the download and screenshot links (and any other app-specific links) appear in that menu. You could put it below the main menu, or on the right-hand side, or even above the article. Frankly I don't think deeply nested cascading menus are all that good an idea in general. If you really want to do it that way I'm sure there's a cascading menu component that will keep state per-page for you or do something like "open cascading menu to current nav position always".

- Oshyan
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Upgrading RAM amount; please help me choose. on: January 03, 2012, 05:14:06 PM
The memory adviser on Crucial.com consistently provides good recommendations and is generally the 1st place I tell people to go. Once you have the  memory specs you can shop around for better pricing, but their prices are not bad either and Crucial is good memory.

About the only real (normal person) 'workstation' intensive process I can think of is CGI rendering. And if you're doing a lot of that, having more CPUs (as in a small cheap render farm) is far more efficient than having a single beefed-up workstation. And that includes those that support dual chips.

As someone who does us rendering software (mostly Terragen) I can say in fact that a single system is *more* efficient, if you're talking about power use and quick turnaround time. For absolute rendering power yes getting a bunch of cheaper machines focused on CPU and RAM to make a mini render farm will crank out renders the fastest, but it will take up a lot of room, generate a lot of heat, and cost a lot in electricity. My overclocked i7 2600k at 4.6Ghz is twice as fast as my old i7 920 (no slouch itself), and doesn't really use much more power (same TDP for the CPU and I don't think it's been overvolted for the OC).

* Note: I seem to recall a few DCers (Carol or f0dder maybe?) were running with 16Gb. Maybe they and some of 'those that have' could weigh-in on this? I'm curious too since I'll need to seriously start thinking about a new build sometime this year.

I'm one of those people. Grin I have 16GB of RAM in new primary workstation, 15GB in my secondary workstation/render box, and 10GB in my laptop. And while I did say I do rendering and that's certainly one of the things that uses a good deal of RAM, I actually find image editing to be at least as demanding. The combination of Photoshop and Lightroom, or a panorama stitcher like Kolor Autopano working on full resolution RAW source images, or an HDR app doing image stacking like Photomatix. Now run any one of those simultaneously  (which is often advantageous), along with a web browser or two (I usually have Firefox and Chrome open at the same time), and RAM quickly gets eaten up. I am indeed a power user but then so are most people here.

- Oshyan
69  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge & Release: Image Grid on: January 02, 2012, 10:36:07 PM
A nice, simple tool. I hope you'll continue to increase the number of features, i.e. add borders around the photos, control the distance between, etc. smiley

- Oshyan
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012! on: January 02, 2012, 08:36:49 PM
Happy (late) New Year everyone! I had a great NYE, hope you all did too. smiley

- Oshyan
71  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Late Pledge: Simple Software Licensing and Early Beta on: December 30, 2011, 03:29:48 PM
My company currently uses WorldPay so support for that would definitely increase the likelihood we could use this system. We'd be happy to pay for it too, just that most existing solutions are either very expensive or highly proprietary. Anyway, this is definitely of interest, I'll keep an eye on it. And thanks for sharing it with DC!

- Oshyan
72  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Late Pledge: Simple Software Licensing on: December 29, 2011, 05:31:11 PM
Oho, this looks quite interesting. How will it integrate with Paypal and Mailchimp? Will there be a web component? Any other integrations planned (e.g. Virtuemart, WorldPay, Authorize.net)?

- Oshyan
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend a universal chat client to embed on a webpage? on: December 29, 2011, 03:26:08 PM
Twitter is also "something to sign up for" if, like me, you don't use Twitter. And though Twitter is a popular service, it's nowhere near the popularity of say Facebook, so it's more than possible some of your users would have to sign up. Not to mention that Friendfeed allows people to sign up with their Twitter or FB accounts anyway.

There's also Meebo Me: http://www.meebo.com/meebome/

- Oshyan

74  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software to make image collages, film strips, and other multi-image compositions on: December 28, 2011, 08:37:08 PM
hopefully something similar is available in one of the other suggested apps

If you do find that feature elsewhere, please do report back, I'm interested.

Well, I just looked through Picasa and Photoscape, neither seem to have that capability, though they do both have lots of other great options. I'm surprised Photoscape in particular doesn't have a "cross-fade" option. Maybe something to suggest to the dev.

- Oshyan
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In search of ... router recommendations on: December 28, 2011, 08:08:05 PM
No worries, just good to be aware of all options when you have time to actually properly look into it. But, as I said, unless your needs are very in-depth you might not even want to bother opening the can of worms that dedicated boxes like that and dedicated Linux router builds entail. Tomato does everything I need, we only use PFSense at work because we run a VPN between 4 locations and have multiple subnets and whatnot, plus network partitioning at each location for public/student and private/staff access.

- Oshyan
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