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7851  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are Trackback/Pings? on: September 19, 2006, 04:22:16 AM
I'm confuzzled too!
7852  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
7853  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
7854  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
7855  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:
7856  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
7857  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".
7858  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!
7859  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
7860  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:
  • added:  read-only notes, finally smiley
  • bugfix: changing key on unsaved document would crash
  • bugfix: saving an empty document would crash
7861  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
7862  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
7863  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: If I got one of these 20-inch laptops, would someone carry it for me? on: September 17, 2006, 03:11:19 PM
Haha, that looks insane - I'll read the article later smiley   Thmbsup
7864  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just HOW do you tie a *censor* tie? on: September 17, 2006, 12:02:38 PM
Argh, my girlfriend just managed to tie it with one single attempt, following one of the guides I failed miserably on. HUMILIATION! >_<
7865  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Just HOW do you tie a *censor* tie? on: September 17, 2006, 10:52:25 AM

So, the other day, following my girlfriend around town like a zombie while she was shopping for shoes, I got a free tie voucher, and just for fun I went to whatever shop and traded it for a free silk tie.

Today I tried tying the damn thing, just for fun. Oh my what a mistake that was.  wallbash wallbash wallbash. It's been a while since I've been that close to smashing up things. I mean, it seems physically, mathematically and logically IMPOSSIBLE to do.

I've googled around, looked at arcane drawings, and even got a mind-numbing video link from srikat in the donationcoder IRC channel.

About the most sane explanation was one of my friends, who wrote "You take a möbius strip and fold the ends according to Heissenberg's equations, until you have an abstract plane, which you can then put around your neck".

Argh. Good thing I'm not a corporate slave yet.
7866  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you remember THIS guy? on: September 17, 2006, 02:50:05 AM
That's a very amazing piece of work Kiss
7867  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What slows Windows down? See for yourself.... on: September 16, 2006, 06:19:16 PM
Shell extension is true, but that's just some few more registry entries to read, not an own process. This can't be measurable. (At least, I think so.)
Registry entries to read, DLLs to load...
7868  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What slows Windows down? See for yourself.... on: September 16, 2006, 05:35:19 PM
wr975: WinRAR installs an explorer context menu extension, that could account for something.

Does VMWare fail if you don't start services set to manual?
7869  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wireless Networks and Proxy Servers on: September 16, 2006, 01:07:59 PM
Don't think so - you'll probably have to resort to one of those proxy switching apps or plugins.
7870  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Show us your (physical) desktop on: September 16, 2006, 11:19:00 AM
Couldn't find a similar thread with the search feature, nor the first five pages of topics here in Living Room, so I decided to make a new thread. Here goes! smiley (oh, theres's another thread alright, but not about physical desktop).

Two 17" TFTs running 1280x1024 - an acer al1722 and an al1715. The thing in the back is a

Ti-83 calculator, 18-in-1 card reader and 3-port USB hub, 80gig seagate, icybox usb2/firewire enclosure with 120gig disk, K750i cellphone ontop of a VIM "cheat sheet", a box of CD-Rs and a box of DVD-Rs.

On top of the workstation to the left is a (defunct Sad ) netgear wlan access point, and ontop of the testbox on thje right is a ZyXEL ADSL modem/router and an 8port 100mbit switch.

The machines... ASUS A8N SLI Premium (for stability & passively cooled chipset, not for SLI), AMD64x2 4400/2.21GHz, 4x512MB Corsair ram, Plextor PX-716A DVD burner, liteon SHD-16P1S DVD reader, 2x160gb maxtor sata in raid/mirror + a 80gig maxtor ide for "scratch" use, GeForce6600/256 PCI-e.

The test-machine is a P2-MMX@350MHz with 64 megs of ram, usually a voodoo3 PCI (but atm "whatever" I had lying around), Intel eepro 100 (with flashable rom!), a promise fasttrack tx133 to support large drives, and two drive bays. Machine is pretty defunct at the moment, though Sad
7871  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 100 PC Games of the 21st Century (so far) on: September 16, 2006, 06:00:51 AM
Josh: based wholly on unit sales... so not whether the games are any good smiley

7872  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What happened to Big Bang Enterprises? on: September 15, 2006, 09:50:01 PM
Seems to work just fine here, Ken.
7873  DonationCoder.com Software / fSekrit / Re: u3P Version on: September 15, 2006, 07:26:06 PM
Hm, u3p version?

I haven't read into those "new-fangled" flash devices, to be honest it hasn't interested me much - a regular usb flash serves me very well. Could you explain what that u3 stuff is good for, and what I'd need to implement to support it? smiley
7874  DonationCoder.com Software / fSekrit / Re: Beta: fSekrit 1.2 needs bashing! on: September 15, 2006, 07:24:09 PM
Version 1.2 has been released - so I'm closing this topic smiley
7875  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Jeff Atwood Blog: Has Joel Spolsky Jumped the Shark? on: September 15, 2006, 07:23:23 PM
Even "just" compiling one language to another isn't necessarily trivial; C++ used to be a frontend for C, and iirc the comeau compiler (currently the most compliant compiler, and only one that supports some of the _very_ advanced C++ stuff wrt. templates) also depend on another C++ compiler...

Also, google's AJAX toolkit compiles from JAVA to JavaScript.

But anything that outputs to vbscript can hardly be that complicated Wink
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