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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quina" released to distribution on: June 04, 2014, 12:21:01 AM
I installed it on a VM and it crashes VirtualBox every time it tries to shutdown. I'm not sure what went wrong. VirtualBox is working just fine with my other VMs.

Hmm, I just gave this a try a couple of times, but no crashing...this was after having done an initial update of packages.

FWIW, the VirtualBox here is 4.2.22 on Gentoo.

No problems here either, running LM 64-bit inside VirtualBox on Win7.
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quina" released to distribution on: June 01, 2014, 02:57:08 AM
That's great news, mint has worked well for testing here Thmbsup.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: May 31, 2014, 03:03:45 AM
Being a happy XY/x² user, I'm still looking for a good "orthodox" file manager (Norton Commander clone) for certain tasks. Required: SFTP support, no way to disable the second panel (I want to force myself into using it correctly), a decent GUI (no Total Commander stuff pls).

I think if your only gripe with TC is how the GUI looks, you owe it to yourself to fix it up a little and try it again. Use a decent font like Consolas 10pt, change the color scheme, and add Notepad2 (set exit on Esc in its options) as the F4 editor. (I also added keyboard shortcuts so Ctrl-Left and Ctrl-Right change current drive, and Alt-anything to start searching, but those a preference I picked up from Dos Navigator.)

Orthogonal file managers are about a way of navigating the file system that has worked for almost 30 years, and while TC is ugly in its default setup, it can provide a very good implementation of this way of working with files. Basically, if you have to use the mouse, there's something going wrong.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 30, 2014, 10:01:20 AM
Theres some archived stuff at the bottom of https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm
105  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: About the Python 2 to 3 Transition... on: May 27, 2014, 01:58:00 PM
(Note: I've coded Python in both v2 and v3 - and I really can't see where v2 is provably better. But I'm not a real programmer so that might be attributable to ignorance on my part. My clients, however, are very qualified programming professionals. And both started migrating their codebases over to using Python-3 as soon as it was deemed stable enough to do so. So make of that what you will. mrgreen)

I would imagine the people who program by writing code have little issues with writing for either version, but the people who program by downloading other peoples libraries and gluing them together will have a problem if google doesn't give them something to solve their problem all in the same version of Python tongue.
106  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / ExportSnapshot - Lightroom plug-in to create snapshot on export on: May 23, 2014, 02:08:05 PM
I've been using Lightroom for managing my photos lately, and I was looking for an option to automatically create a snapshot in the Develop module whenever I export a photo for upload to services like 500px.

To explain briefly; Lightroom is non-destructive and stores a history of changes you apply to your photo. You can create a named snapshot of a certain state, so you can go back to it later after making other changes. It can be nice to have a snapshot of the state a photo was in when you exported it.

So, I thought this would be a good opportunity to try writing my first plug-in for Lightroom Thmbsup.

Many plug-ins seem to be commercial, or at least contain compiled Lua files that you cannot modify or learn from, so I decided to make this one available for free under an open-source license:


Fair warning: This is my first Lightroom plug-in, and I started it yesterday, so be sure to back up your catalog if you try it out embarassed.
107  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: May 19, 2014, 08:09:44 AM

Congratulations Thmbsup.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sell your MS Office 2010? on: May 15, 2014, 12:38:10 AM
I use both: Softmaker Office is much more compatible with MS Office. Libre Office's compatibility is so-so to poor in my experience. Softmaker's main weakness in comparision to Libre (again in my experience) is it's search - search steals focus, and doesnt allow you to edit, you've got to close it (search) to do anything - and then open it again to continue.

Once you've searched for something and closed the search, you can press F3 to search again without having to open the search dialog.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Free Software Requirements on: May 13, 2014, 03:13:11 AM
I wonder if it is related to all webpages having a popup telling you that they use cookies now?
110  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: TextAdept: Lua-extensible Editor on: May 12, 2014, 06:19:04 AM
If only I could get Dina to work in Textadept embarassed.
The following seemed to work under a *NIX:

Thanks, unfortunately that gives some proportional default substitution font instead. Perhaps there is a problem with bitmap fonts as well, I've emailed the author.
111  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: TextAdept: Lua-extensible Editor on: May 12, 2014, 02:20:42 AM
That's interesting -- I wonder what is causing the horrible red/blue fringing on vertical edges on my setup Sad.

Jibz, your screenshots remind me of ClearType colouring/anti-aliasing.  Perhaps that's what is causing it?  For the record, I can't STAND ClearType at all; it always looks fuzzy and out-of-focus to me.

That could very well be the case, but I am not seeing these artifacts in other editors. Perhaps Textadept is choosing a bad renderer on my machine, but I can't find any option to change it, and I don't want to turn off ClearType systemwide just for one editor.

If only I could get Dina to work in Textadept embarassed.
112  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: TextAdept: Lua-extensible Editor on: May 11, 2014, 02:38:43 PM
That's interesting -- I wonder what is causing the horrible red/blue fringing on vertical edges on my setup Sad.
113  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: TextAdept: Lua-extensible Editor on: May 11, 2014, 04:05:24 AM
My biggest problem with Textadept is the font rendering on Windows. The following compares Textadept (dark theme) with Sublime (solarized theme), using the Source Code Pro and Consolas fonts:


According to the author, it's a problem with GTK on Windows, but I simply can't look at it for more than a few minutes without developing a headache -- it feels a bit like watching one of those anaglyph 3D images without wearing the glasses Sad.
114  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / WildStar - colorful MMO in open beta on: May 11, 2014, 03:50:30 AM
I couldn't find any mention of WildStar on the forum, and I must admit I hadn't heard about it myself until I was in the ESO beta, and some people were comparing them somewhere. I played it in a few of the beta weekends in the past month to see what it was like, and since it is currently in open beta (yes, anyone can get a code and try it until the 18th), I wanted to mention it.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k7I1Z6a_FA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k7I1Z6a_FA</a>

WildStar is a MMORPG which was created by a group of developers from WoW. In some respects this shows, but both in a good and in a perhaps not so good way. On the surface, the colorful, playful, graphics and atmosphere reminds of WoW, but once you play a little, you see it is more like vanilla WoW then what we know today (and for people who played WoW for a long time, that is usually a good thing).

Things I like about it so far are the combat system, the paths feature, and that some things actually are hard and require skill (and well, after being in the ESO beta, something other than grey and brown is very appealing tongue).

I don't think there is much point in me listing the things you can see on the homepage, and try out yourself if you like, so:

115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: May 11, 2014, 03:19:44 AM
I was a big fan of The Bat! for years, and I still think it's one of the best clients out there for "old-school" email use. I think I just got to the point, where for my personal use, there was no real change between versions, and I was still buying upgrades every year. I know I could just stick with the old version, but I always used the upgrade discounts. I tried Thunderbird at some point, and it worked fine for what I needed, plus had way better search at the time, so I figured I would stick with that and save the money.

My only real complaint about The Bat! was the proprietary format the mailboxes are stored in. You can't use things like MailStore for backups, and if something corrupts the mailbox you're pretty much screwed if you don't have a recent backup. As I remember it,  it was not straightforward getting your email out of The Bat! and into another program either.
116  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: May 10, 2014, 04:24:19 AM
I quite liked the idea of Textadept -- it's a bit like Sublime Text with Lua scripting instead of Python. It lacks the polish though, and on Windows it feels somewhat rough around the edges. Especially the text rendering was horrible (at least with my setup). I asked the author about it, but apparently it was a problem with GTK on Windows.

I don't know why, but I really enjoy reading about why people choose the text editors they use.

I think it has partly to do with the fact that it's just a text editor, lol.  It's supposed to be this very plain thing, yet there are so many complex options and features, etc. to consider and we get all passionate about them.  Same goes for other software, I suppose, but I really have fun with the text editors.

I think it's also due to the fact that editing text is one of a few key activities in many professions (at least of DC people). It's also one where it seems to be very apparent how it could be improved (although the specifics seem to be quite individual).

The one improvement important to me would be efficient navigation and selection within text. Home/End and Ctrl+Left/Right just doesn't cut it. It's also the main reason why I'm experimenting with VIM again.

+1 to both of you Grin
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: May 08, 2014, 05:27:56 AM
And here's a short tutorial on find and replace:



1. Sequence number generation inside a file using Vim Macro
2. Repeat Vim Macro with different arguments

Didn't know that was possible, nice.
118  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Google not paying for OSS on: May 07, 2014, 06:19:55 AM
While the topic of this thread perhaps slightly misrepresents the scope of the article, I found it interesting. It is nice to see a discussion about licenses that takes a more pragmatic approach than the usual fights over ideology.

I've had trouble with the permissive vs. copyleft choice myself -- it is not only about what you believe OSS should be, it's also about to which extent you wish to limit the potential audience of your software in order to give yourself the opportunity to make some money from dual-licensing.

I always found it confusing that the licenses that most try to keep everything free (for certain values of free), in effect are the most commercial OSS licenses embarassed.
119  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: May 06, 2014, 11:17:47 AM

Ten weeks ago we debuted Atom, the new text editor that's deeply programmable but also easy to use. Starting today, Atom is available for download to everyone–completely free and open source.

... still only for Mac though.
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: May 05, 2014, 03:55:07 AM
I guess I'm not all that sure what the argument is for using Vim in the Windows world - if Windows is the only OS you ever anticipate using.
It's probably not a bad thing to learn some Vim as an exercise in moving outside your comfort zone. Or for the personal satisfaction of being able to say "been there, done that." I've put enough time in to where I'm moderately comfortable using Vim. But it's more a hobby or a "builds character" exercise for me. Vim certainly wouldn't be my first choice if I needed an editor. Nor my second. Or even my third...

But that's me. YMMV. Cool Grin

If you read my initial post again, this is about experimenting with Vim to get to know it, and not about using Vim as your only editor ever Grin. I agree it is a bit of an oddball on Windows, but as you say, it's one of those things that are "nice to know", and which may come in handy if you ever have to do some work on *NIX.

Also, I feel I spend sufficient time in a text editor, that even smaller improvements in efficiency are worth exploring Thmbsup.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: May 04, 2014, 12:21:57 AM
Thank you for the links ewemoa Thmbsup.

Going through that long list of commands now Grin.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: May 01, 2014, 01:07:41 PM
Four I tend to use much and would have a hard time without:

Total Commander - my muscle memory from NC makes this the fastest for me
"A good text editor", which has been Sublime Text for the past year, though currently replaced by Vim
SourceTree (and by extension, Mercurial and Git)
Listary - mainly for the find as you type and disk search

(I've left out things like browsers, e-mail client, and compilers here).

And four from the second tier:

CrashPlan - luckily not actively "using" it much, but it quietly keeps my files backed up
Evernote - mainly for website clipping, I use Google Keep quick notes
KeePass, though also increasingly LastPass for websites
f.lux - you don't really notice it much until you try turning it off at night

Honorable mention to Ad Muncher and WinPatrol.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ImgBurn - full of OpenCandy and other crap on: April 24, 2014, 01:07:51 PM
I've been updating ImgBurn through Ninite, and haven't noticed anything suspicious, but perhaps I just haven't looked close enough.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: video hosting performance: local vs youtube/vimeo/etc. on: April 21, 2014, 01:29:03 PM
It looks like the video is encoded at around 12 MB/sec, and from my computer I am downloading at somewhere between 256 kb/sec and 512 kb/sec from your server, it should be obvious that there is no way this will be smooth.

For streaming, I would make a web-optimized video file at no more than 2 MB/sec (I don't know what software you are using, I often use use Handbrake for recoding).

If you don't want to place it somewhere with more bandwidth than your own server, you might have to go even lower, but the quality will suffer.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: April 19, 2014, 02:09:18 PM
Thanks for the links Edvard Thmbsup.

I've seen the explanation of the hjkl keys before, I can see how Esc and [ ] are easy to reach and press on that keyboard. On a Danish keyboard, you need to use Alt Gr to get [ ], making it impossible to press Ctrl-[ and Ctrl-].

I can see the idea of keeping your hands on the "home row". But the arrow keys do have the advantage of working a whole lot better in insert mode (though I suppose I shouldn't be moving about in that mode, but I find it hard not to embarassed).

Is there some trick to using visual mode to select lines? It seems if you do the obvious of pressing v and then moving down using j, it selects the lines plus the first character on the next line. If I have to select the lines up to the last and then press $ to get the last line, that's just hopeless huh.

Edit: Ah, found it with google while fiddling with this post. Apparently you can use Shift-V to enter visual line mode.
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