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251  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Free E-book: 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 on: December 02, 2012, 03:23:32 PM
This book takes a single line of code—the extremely concise BASIC program for the Commodore 64 inscribed in the title—and uses it as a lens through which to consider the phenomenon of creative computing and the way computer programs exist in culture. The authors of this collaboratively written book treat code not as merely functional but as a text—in the case of 10 PRINT, a text that appeared in many different printed sources—that yields a story about its making, its purpose, its assumptions, and more. They consider randomness and regularity in computing and art, the maze in culture, the popular BASIC programming language, and the highly influential Commodore 64 computer.

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Needless to say, this is a very good read and gives an insight into early programming and randomization.
252  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013: Please post requests! on: December 02, 2012, 01:46:47 PM
A project idea for someone; anyone! I'm not a coder, though I might get a batch file to work, maybe. Anyway, the idea:   how about a front end or package wrapper that would allow a user to take a program that doesn't normally start with Windows and wrap it in a shell that would allow a user to specify that the program should in fact run with windows.

For example, one of the DonationCoders made me a wonderful little program called DoubleClick, which converts the scroll wheel to a double left mouse click when pressed. I would like to convert or modify this program (as well as a few others I have) to start-up when Windows does, without having to remember to run each one separately. Any ideas or suggestions?

Basically, you want a tool that takes a list of programs and starts them up? I actually think that app's Lacuna Launcher will do the trick for you.
253  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Trolls The Trolls In Latest IE10 Ad on: December 01, 2012, 10:36:54 AM
How do we speed up IE10 - just don't let people install extensions at all - just put up with all the missing features MS don't think you need!

This sounds like the Opera mentality....
254  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How 4 Microsoft engineers proved that the “darknet” would defeat DRM on: December 01, 2012, 06:28:44 AM
I, for one, cannot stand DRM and cannot stand streaming content either. However, that said, I have had a VERY positive experience using the VuDu rental service on my playstation 3. My family just rented Brave and it worked great. Granted, this was due to my connection being available.

On the other hand, I am completely for offline storage. With hard drive prices going down, it is easier to download a file and store it than to rely on the cloud. I have almost completed ripping my 850 DVD collection to MP4 for storage on our media server. This will be complete once I am able to setup a Raid 1 array of about 4TB. Right now, I am stuck at 2TB on a single disk. Once I get a new enclosure, I will setup a Windows-based raid mirror (hardware raid is flaky unless you invest in a reliable controller, not those cheap promise boards).
255  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Humble THQ Bundle on: November 29, 2012, 07:41:12 PM
Not participating in this one. Thanks, but no thanks.
256  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / MOVED: ~Gri to App103~ on: November 28, 2012, 08:39:53 PM
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257  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / MOVED: ~Gri to App103~ on: November 28, 2012, 08:28:07 AM
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258  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / MOVED: ~Gri to Mouser~ on: November 27, 2012, 03:31:42 AM
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259  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: 3 Copies of Steam Game "Sol Survivor" to give away, coop tower defense on: November 25, 2012, 06:39:49 PM
Sure, I'll play you at Sol! Count me in for a copy.

BTW, are you better at this or Worms Revolution?
260  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you going to wait for Windows 9? on: November 24, 2012, 09:21:57 PM
I have had ZERO problems with 64 bit windows since the Vista days. XP64 was another animal, but Vista 64 and Win7 64 have proven quite reliable.
261 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Screenshot Captor - New Quick Capture Bar on: November 23, 2012, 07:47:58 AM
Mouser, do you have a screenshot of the thinner toolbar in expanded mode?

I think this version of the toolbar looks much cleaner, much more visually appealing, and will fit in nicely regardless of where it is placed on the screen.
262 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Screenshot Captor - New Quick Capture Bar on: November 22, 2012, 05:19:18 PM
You could thin it down & reduce the width - would help when docking
 (see attachment in previous post)
(would need smaller icons)


I am with tomos on this one. I think the toolbar needs to be thinned out and perhaps have the "Then" drop down removed. When I use a tool like this in toolbar mode, I want it to occupy as little screen space as possible. The toolbar is still quite long and large.
263  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you going to wait for Windows 9? on: November 22, 2012, 06:59:37 AM
How many 16 bit Windows apps still exist? Why is there a need to maintain backwards compatibility with DOS or 16 bit apps at this point? Even in Windows 3.1, we had the win32s 32-bit abstraction layer which allowed the execution of 32-bit code. I view the removal of 16 bit compatibility as a step forward and I hope to see more of the legacy code removed from Windows. I think this is the one thing that has truly held back Microsoft from being able to move Windows forward in a more proactive manner. At what point do you cut slingload and say "Developers, update your code."? At what point do you tell that user who refuses to upgrade their machine that they will not be able to upgrade to the newest version of Windows because of their choice? At what point is it time to move forward and let those who choose to remain in the past, remain there?
264  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you going to wait for Windows 9? on: November 21, 2012, 02:43:49 PM
From one of the articles from above:
"That lack of multiple window support forced Nielsen to dub it "one of the worst aspects of Windows 8 for power users."

Is that true even in desktop mode? Can someone clarify/confirm that That would be enough to keep me from using Win 8.

The fact that this question even exist is a testament to the steaming pile of FUD that's flying around the internet.

Not only no, but hell no that isn't even vaguely true. The Windows 8 desktop is a desktop just like every other desktop all the way back to Win95.


The start menu is "missing" in Windows 8 (Oh FFS) ... The Start Menu has been "Missing" since Win XP launched in 01. The Start Panel is what's actually "missing" in Windows 8. And I for one am actually tickled pink that the Start Menu has finally been taken out and shot in the head. Every time I get stuck in front of a machine that's been retro'd back to the start menu I feel like I've been instantly transported back to the 1870s, and am being forced to dig for potatoes with my teeth after my arms have been cut off!


And regarding the Windows 8 is poised at the brink of enslaving us in a gilded cage which will turn us all into palpitating porridge based eye puppets crap ... Can we at least try to keep in mind that this is totally conjecture. Nothing is or has been proven or verified as fact. No internal secret memos have been exposed substantiating any of these claims ... It's total assumption pure and simple.

Because it just might actually be a really handy step forward in user interaction if people could refrain from fashionably shitting all over it long enough to learn how to use the god damn thing.

Big Frapping +1!
265  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Two classes of membership here? on: November 17, 2012, 12:54:59 PM
^Agree w/wraith on that one. Wouldn't be surprised to see the lock removed before long.

266 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Feedback on: November 16, 2012, 03:38:11 PM
God mode stuff was not added to FARR since it varies greatly with each OS (since Vista). Also, there is no direct way to call these links and this would require a set of shortcuts be developed for each OS (Vista, Vista SP1, Vista SP2, Vista x64, etc).

I am still looking at a way to accomplish the God Mode items. The CPanel shortcuts are for control panel namespace applets only, not God mode.
267  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple Apologise to Samsung - yeah right! on: November 10, 2012, 06:29:56 PM
Apple ordered to pay Samsung's legal fees due to improper apology

I have to laugh at this. Karmic retribution at its finest!
268  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Funny Comments in Your Code? on: November 10, 2012, 05:39:34 AM
Related comments from the Microsoft Windows 2000 source code....apparently, "We are morons"


And no one had better change those tabs to spaces!!!!
269  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: First Time With Win 8 on: November 05, 2012, 02:52:16 PM
On the original topic, I am compelled to mention my 8 year old son. Without any forewarning he went from Windows 7 one day to Win 8 the next. He noticed the change and made mention of it but had absolutely no difficulty making the transition.

Granted, my son does have one advantage over Chris Pirillo's [stupid] father -- having not grown up in the Windows 95/XP era, he was accustomed to using the physical start button to toggle the start menu.

In my opinion, all of this hyperbole about Windows 8 being impossible to use is just that. It's bullshit.

Again, I am not saying everybody will or should like Windows 8. It IS in many ways a change of direction for the company; one that may jive well for people who have wholly bought into the cloud, and especially those likely to buy into multiple screens within Microsoft family (Xbox, RT, Win Phone 8 ).

While RT is going to remain a closed ecosystem, I don't believe the conventional desktop is at any risk of going away, the enterprise market is too important to MS.

Big +1 here. My 10 year old daughter had a similar encounter and can now use my laptop without very much of a transition period. She can easily move between my laptop, windows 8 pro, and my wife's with windows 7.
270  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Now this is a Windows 8 review I heartily applaud on: November 04, 2012, 03:01:50 PM
Is it really a bad choice? I can't say that I've had the desire, over the past month+ to use my old start menu. Even when it was available, I did not use it often. I find myself using the start menu on Win8 in conjunction with FARR, both operate in basically the same manner. Both search existing entries although the win8 menu has a noticable speed advantage over FARR.

I used to be a very big fan of developing a set of 6-7 core folders, and grouping programs based on those core folders. Now, I don't even have to worry about it. I can just hit WINKEY (or WINKEY+A for farr), type a few letters and launch all using the keyboard. No mouse involvement, no wasted time sorting through menus (even if only 2-3 deep).
271  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Now this is a Windows 8 review I heartily applaud on: November 04, 2012, 02:53:02 PM
I think a much smarter approach would have been to leave the original taskbar, startmenu, system tray -- which to my way of thinking are excellent, and simply replace desktop icons with the tiling system, with a simple way to toggle tiles off to yield a blank desktop (or switch between tile sets); to me this would have been so much better than the confusing approach they have come up.

Don't you use FARR, though? So isn't the foldering system of the start menu irrelevant to you ;-)
272  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just In Time For The Holiday Season, Apple Loses iPhone Trademark In Mexico on: November 03, 2012, 09:59:36 AM
This just tickles me pink. Pure win!
273  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Disney acquires Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion dollars. Star Wars Ep VII due in 2015 on: October 31, 2012, 07:14:14 AM

10:15PM EDT October 30. 2012 - Luke Skywalker and Han Solo are joining Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear and Iron Man in Disney's roster of heroes.

Disney is buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion, adding the legendary Star Wars franchise to the entertainment giant's stable of characters. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by founder George Lucas. The purchase culminates a one and a half year pursuit of the Lucas empire, Disney's CEO said.

MORE: Reaction to the news

Lucas, who receives 40 million Disney shares from the deal, will be the second-largest non-institutional shareholder of Disney, Bloomberg News says, behind the trust of deceased Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

The 68-year-old Lucas will serve as a creative consultant but plans to retire.

"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," said Lucas, chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm, in a statement. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers."

Said Disney CEO Robert Iger: "This is one of the great entertainment properties of all time, one of the best branded and one of the most valuable, and it's just fantastic for us to have the opportunity to both buy it, run it and grow it."


<Dr. Evil laugh>
That's right, 4.05 Billion dollars
</Dr. Evil laugh>

Am I the only one who says....NO!!!!!!!!!
274  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Server 12 shipping Nov 1, 2012 on: October 29, 2012, 08:36:16 AM
Also, if you are on dreamspark, you have had access to Server 2012 since late August smiley
275  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AdBlock Plus To Not Block All Ads on: October 27, 2012, 12:36:59 PM
Seeing the same thing as wraith here.
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