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7851  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us your (physical) desktop on: September 21, 2006, 06:37:38 AM
Just make sure that you get a decent 17" TFT and a graphics card with two output (preferably both DVI).
7852  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us your (physical) desktop on: September 21, 2006, 06:22:51 AM
I also thought about the two monitor system. Does it really make a difference?
Oh yes!

I'd much rather have two monitors than one big. Things like maximizing your IDE on one monitor, and having other stuff (instant messaging, programming reference, ...) on the second is invaluable. It's also pretty nice when gaming, I can have fullscreen game on main monitor, and IM on the other.
7853  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: My favorite software! What's yours? on: September 21, 2006, 06:19:37 AM
Paintshop Pro 7 (I don't like the newer versions and will only use that one)
Any reason you don't like 8? Haven't tried 9, but after corel bought PSP it *did* turn darn awful.
7854  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: My favorite software! What's yours? on: September 21, 2006, 04:04:42 AM
I think these are the most important...

xplorer^2 - because it's faster and smarter.
website watcher - keeps me up-to-date.
vmware - because it makes life safer.
VIM - because it's magical.
Notepad++ - because it's free and I'm not hardcore enough with VIM yet tongue
subversion - because source control is necessary.
tortoiseSVN - because it's nifty.
SCons - because makefiles suck.
WinRAR - because it's one of the best compressors, with very good commandline support.
PuTTY - because it's the least-hassle SSH client I've used.[/url]
ToDoList - because I tend to forget things and suck at managing time.
7855  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Error '15.0' is not a valid floating point value on: September 20, 2006, 09:03:14 AM
locales >_<
7856  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Error '15.0' is not a valid floating point value on: September 20, 2006, 04:29:24 AM
Yeah, floats are bad for your health.
7857  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: idea for donation coder CD on: September 20, 2006, 03:35:57 AM
Making another bootable CD with rescue tools is not needed, however one with all of the donationcoder.com software would be a great idea as we could make a nice autorun interface that allows users to install all of the apps from DC.COM (at the time) that they use in one foul swoop.

Agreed, agreed smiley  thumbs up
7858  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: incredible fast shutter liquid photography on: September 20, 2006, 01:52:50 AM
Wow, nice smiley
7859  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: idea for donation coder CD on: September 20, 2006, 12:35:48 AM
Cute enough idea, but IMHO there's no reason to create "yet another bootable rescue CD"...
7860  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OpenDNS - safer, faster and smarter DNS on: September 20, 2006, 12:21:53 AM
OpenDNS: a stupider DNS service.

1) decent ISPs already do caching (in fact, who don't?)

2) your ISP DNS is probably faster:
OpenDNS:
Reply from 208.67.222.222: bytes=32 time=108ms TTL=53
Reply from 208.67.220.220: bytes=32 time=107ms TTL=53
versus CyberCity Denmark:
Reply from 212.242.40.3: bytes=32 time=15ms TTL=58
Reply from 212.242.40.51: bytes=32 time=15ms TTL=58

3) "fixing" misspelled URLs is just retarded, breaks applications that rely on getting a DNS error on bad URL, and is just an advertising scheme anyway. Besides, who controls what is a typo? Filtering in such a basic service as DNS is BAD.

Also, do check out this query and this query.

It's funny how every ISP that have done similar stuff has been flamed to death over it, while a "free service" doing it are embraced by some people...
7861  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us your (physical) desktop on: September 19, 2006, 07:59:15 AM
Funny I never made the connection with it looking like a Devil head. One thing about that I really disliked was that if you have the box on the floor the power button is just low enough that you can easily clip it with a chair wheel or your foot shutting the pc down. That said at least it wasn't the reset button you could accidently hit, that could really mess things up.
Consider my angst when my mum bought a dog.
7862  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Build your own IPod docking station on: September 19, 2006, 06:07:20 AM
Hehe, wonderfully silly - and wonderfully "in-your-face, no-life spending-whore gadget-musthavers"   Cool
7863  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us your (physical) desktop on: September 19, 2006, 05:15:08 AM
Eóin: I used to have one of the same casings as you, the purple on on the right in your first pic, for housing my Athlon700. Ever thought the reset/powerbutton/led thing looks like a demon head? smiley Oh, and I had the same speakers as the ones in your second pic.
7864  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are Trackback/Pings? on: September 19, 2006, 04:22:16 AM
I'm confuzzled too!
7865  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us your (physical) desktop on: September 19, 2006, 04:21:27 AM
It's interesting to see that some of you have very poor arm support! - ideally you should be able to rest your forearm on your table while typing, to avoid too much strain. I know it certainly matters to me, with all those hours I spend (or at least, used to spend) in front of the computer embarassed
7866  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Here's an extremely cool development: a solid state 32GB laptop hard drive on: September 19, 2006, 04:14:36 AM
By the way it looks like the drive has four lithium batteries? That would imply that it can lose data, after umphteen years or so... I thought normally solid-state disks didn't require battery backup? On the other hand, perhaps this means that the drive has faster memory (non-volatile flash ram tends to be slow), and that it can be cheaper to manufacture.

Or perhaps those four round things aren't lithium batteries at all smiley
7867  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Here's an extremely cool development: a solid state 32GB laptop hard drive on: September 18, 2006, 05:06:48 PM
I'd *love* to use something like that as my primary drive in my workstation... should give very high sustained read/write speeds, and *fantastic* seek time. Raptor? Go home  Kiss
7868  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Mini review: toDoList on: September 18, 2006, 05:05:07 PM
I've started using ToDoList for fSekrit... using it to keep track of bugs (don't feel like setting up a bug tracking system just yet), features I want to add, et cetera. Certainly does make developmen a bit more managble.

When I release a new version, I make a "phony" task in the ToDoList, and move all the completed features / fixed bugs to subtasks for that task, so I can keep track of when I did what.

Here's what it currently looks like:
[attachthumb=1]
7869  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just HOW do you tie a *censor* tie? on: September 18, 2006, 07:21:37 AM
Nope, she tied it on herself  embarassed  Sad nono2
7870  DonationCoder.com Software / fSekrit / Re: Beta: fSekrit 1.3 beta thread on: September 18, 2006, 07:19:20 AM
allen: spare time and energy/motivation comes and goes, and what I need is the intersection of the two... fortunately I seem to be in a good period smiley

You won't be locked out of your notes since you can copy text from a read-only and paste to another app. Removing the ability to copy would be a somewhat artifical limit, people with access could just manually copy the text (painstaking, but possible).

The idea of an EDIT and a READONLY password is decent enogh, but that's a very artificial limit as well. After all, I have plans on opensourcing fSekrit at some point in time, and then it'd be easy for people to bypass ReadOnly. You really should think mostly of it as a "convenience".
7871  DonationCoder.com Software / fSekrit / Re: Beta: fSekrit 1.3 beta thread on: September 18, 2006, 06:34:45 AM
Small suggestion: How about adding a right click context menu for copy, cut and paste functions. Sometimes they're more useful than the keyboard shortcuts.

Ah, yeah, my younger brother mentioned that too - I thought that was standard RichEdit functionality, but appearantly I'll have to code it myself. I've added it to the ToDoList - as a low priority item, but it's probably easy so it should be done for 1.3 smiley

AbteriX: I left "New" enabled since it can be useful to make a new note, without the hassle of downloading fSekrit from the internet. Password could be cleared on "New", but that wouldn't change much - after all, people could just re-enter that password after making a new note. I *did* disable import and export tongue

I'll think a bit about it though. Anybody else have comments on "File->New"?

File->readonly will now be grayed out after setting read-only, added in beta-2 (will make some more fixes before uploading a new beta).

Your "Save as read only" is a good suggestion, and will get around some stupid problems, like the one in your latest post. Obviously I didn't test it extensively, hence: BETA. Thanks for giving it a bash!
7872  DonationCoder.com Software / fSekrit / Re: Read only password support? on: September 18, 2006, 02:54:02 AM
Added read-only notes support in 1.3-beta1
7873  DonationCoder.com Software / fSekrit / Beta: fSekrit 1.3 beta thread on: September 18, 2006, 02:51:59 AM
Believe it or not, I'm still working on fSekrit smiley

I've set the release schedule for v1.3 at my birthday, October 15th. But I already have a beta version ready, for those that are interested (I suspect AbteriX will be, since I've added read-only notes support smiley).

So far:
BETA1:
  • added:  read-only notes, finally smiley
  • bugfix: changing key on unsaved document would crash
  • bugfix: saving an empty document would crash
7874  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: media icons - suggestions please. on: September 18, 2006, 12:49:21 AM
I really like the famfamfam icons, very purrdy. And now I'm going to waste some time browsing dlanham and deviantart smiley
7875  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Advantages and disadvantages of NNTP Newsreaders on: September 18, 2006, 12:28:10 AM
I personally use Outlook Express for NNTP - and only for that. All other NNTP clients I've come about had pretty disagreeable user interfaces - especially Agent smiley

OE isn't perfect though, it's a bit sluggish if you keep downloaded messages and get large message bases, etc etc etc. I guess I'll give Omea a try.

EDIT: gave Omea a try, a bit too much on the heavy end for me. It used 50% CPU (which means 100% on one of my dual cores) when typing in the name of a group to watch, and for some reason it thought I was author of all posts in comp.lang.asm.x86. Oh well, it was worth a shot smiley
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