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6901  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: NEW SITE FEATURE: Drupal Pages on: November 09, 2005, 06:21:58 PM
I downloaded the ZIP file version of the 'test' installation. The documentation page I was reading was the 'installation' manual - and the  'easy' version at that!

This is supposed to be the most basic installation as it is all ready to go, except for entering a couple of details realting to the MySQL database. (The 1-2-3 install).

First off it doesn't run when you have installed it. The instal/index.php script has been nobbled to prevent it being run. No mention in the manual of this, you have to go and edit out the 'die()' instruction to allow the script to run. OK did that, and was presented with the installation screen.

It looked nothing like the 1-2-3 install, but was similar to the full install. However, it started on the third item down the list, not at the top item which covers basic configuartion steps. OK I thought - this must be deliberate as part of the 'easy' install so tried to go ahead as described. Needless to say it didn't work.

Went back to the installer again, looked at basic configuration. Loads of folder permissions needed to be changed - no automated way of doing this (like in SMF and oither packages) so I spent about 20 minutes adjusting all the folder permissions by hand.

Checked out the database section - wouldn't let me change the database name (it was set as test - and nothing I could do would allow it to be changed). The server does not allow DB names in the form (they have to be user_dbname) - so that wasn't going to work. Created a DB and had to go find the config file and manually edit the db name.

Back to the installer - new name now recognised - but the installer insisted on trying to create the DB itself, even though it already existed. Deleted the db I created - tried again - failed to create DB.

This was how it started ... I fiddled and faffed for ages until I eventually created a DB with the correct tables.

The 'test' setup includes data - couldn't get the install script to install that data in the DB - the installer was a clear as mud on this - but it didn't matter what I clicked it wouldn't install the data - though it frequently asked me to delete data in the DB that didn't exist.

After what seemed a life time of messing abouyt I finally got it working only to be confronted with a login screen.

The documentation made no reference whatsoever to this - and it was obvious from comments left by  others who had tried the 1-2-3 install that they were as mystified as I was.

Enough was enough - time to go to bed, and time to dump it.

Bad experience - no matter how good the software if the documentation is this bad (all 1600 pages of it) life is just too short!!

I thought the MediaWiki documentation was bad (confusing, incomplete and wildly inaccurate) but Typo3's is even worse! I presume this documentation was produced for an earlier version installation and hasn't been updated - but what is the point of new versions if no one knows how to get them to work?
6902  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Web server slowed to a crawl for 30 minutes this morning.. on: November 09, 2005, 12:31:55 PM
LOL ...

I wondered why PuTTY was displaying characters one at a time this morning ...
6903  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Discussion of version 2.03.10 on: November 09, 2005, 09:45:52 AM
Good grief - where do you get the time from ....

Well done ...
6904  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Benefits of web hosting with DonationCoder from my perspective on: November 09, 2005, 09:38:50 AM
 embarassed

I will help if people want ... is there somewhere specific you would like these requests posted?

After my experience lastnight with Typo3 though ....

Things I have tinkered and played with (and managed to get working):

MySql Database Backup scripts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

db_backup
phpMyBackupPro ; my preferred solution at the moment but has some restrictions (only one db user id allowed)

Content Management
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Drupal ; my preferred solution, though I am still open to options
Mambo
Joomla
Typo3 .... very frustrating but I did eventually get it working!
bbBlog
WordPress ; Brilliant blog sites
PMWiki
MediaWiki ; Rolls Royce - but hard to set up ... requires manual editing of files and MySQL database

Forum software
~~~~~~~~~~~

SMF    ; preferred, as used here
phpbb

Error Loggin:
~~~~~~~~~

Mantis

Image Gallerys
~~~~~~~~~~

Gallery2 ; preferred - mega functional!
4Homepages
Coppermine


6905  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Van Zant CD taking a beating for containing this Sony Rootkit thing. on: November 09, 2005, 09:29:35 AM
Try DVDIdlePro

It disables all the 'shared content' on CDs ... I never want to see any of it anyway even when it isn't the Rootkit rubbish.

It also repairs 'damaged' directories and file layouts.

Works fine for me
6906  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Van Zant CD taking a beating for containing this Sony Rootkit thing. on: November 09, 2005, 06:50:21 AM
The story goes on ... This in todays Desktop Pipeline Newsletter

Editor's Note: Smarten Up, Sony

Question: You have two pieces of computer code. Both install themselves on your PC without your permission or knowledge. Both hide their files from the operating system so that they can't be detected or removed. Both keep track of what you're doing on your PC. Both transmit the information they collect across the Internet. One was written by an anonymous slacker in either Peoria or Budapest and sold to a fat guy with multinational mob connections. The other was written by First 4 Internet Ltd. in London and sold to Sony BMG Music Entertainment, a multinational corporation.

Which of these pieces of software is malware?

For my money, both of them are.

Sony, for its part, says its "antipiracy" software is no such thing.

Forgive me, but Sony's credibility isn't at an all-time high with me right now -- not after last week's report that CDs from the company install a rootkit on PCs that play the disks. At the time I wondered how stupid could these guys be?. Then this morning The Boston Globe had a story saying the Sony spyware surreptitiously collects data.

I'm having trouble believing even Sony is so stupid they'd use a rootkit to invade the privacy of their own customers, so I'm inclined to accept their denial. I mean, anonymous slackers and fat mob guys don't have too much to lose from public-relations backlashes, but you'd think a company like Sony would have thought it through, wouldn't you?

Well, just wait, it gets worse.

After the rootkit foo hit the fan Sony posted a patch to reveal the files, and a link to contact the company for help in uninstalling the rootkit. But Mark Russinovich, one of the researchers who first revealed the Sony rootkit, told The Globe that the patch doesn't work and can cause data loss.

Sony and Mathew Gilliat-Smith, chief executive of First 4 Internet Ltd., the company that sold the rootkit to Sony, deny that, too.

"In theory there should be no concern," Gilliat-Smith told The Globe.

Yeah, right. I quote Balaban's Law: "In theory, theory and reality are the same thing. In reality, they're different."

My advice to Sony has short-term and long-term components:

In the short term, Sony, like later this afternoon, remove the rootkit from your CDs and offer to replace any copies that escaped into the wild for free. That won't keep the rootkit out of the hands of hackers, but it will perhaps reduce the annoyance felt by the rest of us.

And in the longer term, quit treating your customers like prison inmates. Treat them like customers. There's a solution to this whole CD piracy thing, and it works in a way that is very much in line with your business model: You sell me something.

In particular, you sell me a one-time license to do what I want with the products I buy from you. I'd even agree not engage in activities that materially reduce the market for your products, like distributing an unreasonable number of copies. If you'd figure out how I could do it, I'd be happy to pay a reasonable fee for copies I give to others, perhaps a couple of dollars, something equivalent to the profit you would make on the copy based on the figures you report to the recording artist in royalty statements.


I can hear you screaming, but believe me, I'm making a big compromise here. I don't treat any other company that sells me a product that way. I don't pay Ford a fee when I drive my car, for example.

I realize that computers and the Internet have changed things. But you've got to realize it, too. The quicker you do, the smarter you'll look, and right now, Sony, you could use the help because you're not looking so smart. If you got stuck in a police line-up I couldn't pick you out from the anonymous slackers and fat mob guys.

David DeJean
Editor, Desktop Pipeline
ddejean@dejean.com
www.DesktopPipeline.com

6907  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: NEW SITE FEATURE: Drupal Pages on: November 08, 2005, 09:58:41 PM
4am - just spent two hours playing with Typo3 ... (should have gone to bed)

It may have the most documentation in the world - but it is a shame that it isn't in the least bit accurate, and doesn't bear any relation to what you actually see on the screen.

Don't believe the 1-2-3 easy install - it simply does not work ... not even close ...

Finally did all the (not so easy) installation (well as much as I could do) and went to the front page of the website and it asked me to login as admin ...

Given that the DB didn't yet have any users - and there was no where to set them up (plus a whole list of people complaining on the install doc page without any useful answers) the whole lot went in the bin!!

Thanks - I don't mind tinkering but this is beyond frustration ...
6908  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: NEW SITE FEATURE: Drupal Pages on: November 08, 2005, 07:18:41 PM
Just had a look at Typo3 website - it certainly looks interesting and the companies that use it (DHL, 3M amongst others) is impressive (and so are their websites).

Mouser this may be the one you are looking for ... it has file version control, and full user rights management !!

Only drawback I can see is that if you want WYSiWYG editing you have to use Internet Explorer at the moment (text based editing in other browsers - but Java based editor is in the pipeline).

If anyone is site building and interested in what is available (for free) checkout the features page
6909  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: "Made with Screenshot Captor" object on: November 08, 2005, 06:59:59 PM
I have replaced the horrid image above - have a look now ...
6910  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: "Made with Screenshot Captor" object on: November 08, 2005, 12:45:05 PM
Sorry the colours (and intensities) are completely different to the way they appear off the webpage - I must get a web compatible palette sorted out ...
6911  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: "Made with Screenshot Captor" object on: November 08, 2005, 12:44:04 PM
And how about this (not specifically SC)
6912  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Made me chuckle ... how's the upgrade Mouser ... on: November 08, 2005, 12:09:31 PM
Another chuckle ...

6913  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Keyboard shortcuts? (photoshop/paintshoppro users especially) on: November 08, 2005, 11:03:07 AM
There are loads of PS shortcuts. I have attached the section that are probably most useful, if you want to se all of them I can attach them (ask).
6914  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Benefits of web hosting with DonationCoder from my perspective on: November 08, 2005, 05:27:28 AM
Can I just endorse everything vegas just posted - not only is the system fast and flexible but Mouser is really helpful when you get in a mess (like I have a few times ...). Thanks this is going to be a truly great service, and I would suggest anyone wanting to get on board should do it sooner rather than later as there must be a limit to the number of people that can ultimately be hosted in this way (it is after all a single server, and Mouser is alledgedly only human Wink) Don't miss out on this great offer ... now back to my tussle playing with PHP and MySQL ...
6915  News and Reviews / Official DonationCoder.com Reviews / Re: Best Anti-virus on: November 07, 2005, 06:27:58 PM
The only problem I have noticed with NOD32 is the manual scanning of archives seems to cause a pause in my system. Otherwise it runs extremely light - it is one of its real pluses (and good protection of course). NOD32 is the choice of gamers (not that I am one) because it is so low impact.

I'm just hoping they aren't going to join on the bandwaggon with all the other software houses and produce a bloatware-version to compete!
6916  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buying a new printer on: November 07, 2005, 12:21:07 PM
Hmmm ... I never thought of laser printers being esp. cheap to run ???
6917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted ... Photo to DVD archiving tool on: November 07, 2005, 06:42:21 AM
36Mb is nothing (compared to >12Gb)

Thanks that's useful - I'll definitely give it a look
6918  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted - .mov (quicktime) to swf converter ... on: November 07, 2005, 06:40:57 AM
Wink Quite useful being the 'She' in question ... we have our uses you know  Thmbsup
6919  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: text as windows wallpaper on: November 07, 2005, 06:39:32 AM
How about this:

[copy or print]
convert -background lightblue  -fill blue  -font Calligraphic-Regular -pointsize 40 -size 800x640  -gravity Center  caption:"Dying is easy.\nComedy is Difficult.\nActor Edmond Gween\non his deathbead." caption_centered.gif
6920  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: text as windows wallpaper on: November 07, 2005, 06:18:03 AM
Mouser ...

I've been emailing with an ImageMagick guru ....

Regarding finding text sizes etc check out his webpage tutorials. When you go to the pages there are so many graphics etc. they take a while to load and the # operator isn't brilliant. Best thing is to wait for the page load to finish then click on the URL bar to go to the page again - it will redraw in the correct location.

Here is a quote form an email:

Quote
Yes, get a size my using label: with the same setting.

Or draw it on a canvas with a -box color, and trim it down to that
box color..

Both methods are detailed in
  Text to Image Handling -- Auto Sizing of Font Images
    http://www.cit.gu.edu.au/...phics/imagick6/text/#size

However the box method will if you look up the 'trim' offset and actual
image size results (before doing a +repage) will also let you figure
out
the baseline setting for that font at that size.

For example of reading 'trim' results see..
  Cutting and Bordering -- Trimming 'Noisy' Images
    http://www.cit.gu.edu.au/.../imagick6/crop/#trim_blur

You draw the text at a specific point (known base line position)
with a -box setting.  You then trim and see where the box
was positioned relative to that baseline starting point.

Thanks go to Anthony Thyssen for his help. His main tutorials/examples are here
6921  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buying a new printer on: November 07, 2005, 06:02:32 AM
Canon/Pixma consumables are pretty good value compared to other inkjet manufacturers and the output is excellent.

If you want to see what they produce Canon provide a service on their website where you send them a document to print, they print it on the printer(s) you are considering and send you the printout so you can see what to expect.
6922  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted ... Photo to DVD archiving tool on: November 07, 2005, 05:57:37 AM
OK - right I'll check it out then. Did you just copy your photos to CDs/DVDs manually and then delete them from the hard disc or was it possible to do it in a more 'managed' way? Sorry but I find the unindexed 520 page manual really hard to use!

Out of curiosity how much HD disc space is taken up by the thumbnails?
6923  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted - .mov (quicktime) to swf converter ... on: November 07, 2005, 05:36:46 AM
QuickTime Pro will export files in AVI format (I think the Pro license costs $29.95) You may be able to find a cheaper or free converter to AVI.

Then CamStudio can convert AVI to SWF ... see http://www.donationcoder....rum/index.php?topic=427.0

A good conversion program is WinAVI - it converts most video formats and is quite customisable. Unfortunatley SWF isn't one of the formats supported for export (it is for import) but there is a huge range (inc. AVI) also at $29.95.

By the way - if you go for WinAVI let me know - there are some additional plugins required for some formats, and whilst the developer was helpful tracking them down they weren't obvious to find. (use the forum PM service)
6924  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted ... Photo to DVD archiving tool on: November 07, 2005, 05:21:35 AM
Thanks - IMatch looks like a really nice tool, but reading the website the one function it doesn't seem to do is archive images. All the file/media management functions appear to be aimed at importing images and viewing CD snapshots off 'offline'. You can produce CDROM based webpage-style galleries, but I can't see anything in the manual for this being automated for large collections that sprawl over multiple DVDs. In fact it suggests backing up your files separately.

What I want to do is to be able to offload all my images to DVDROM to clear space on om HardDisc (currently there is about 12Gb of data taken up with photos). But I still want those photos to be instantly accessible. Archive Creator does that - you can insert any disc in the set and see thumbnails of the entire photocollection, and will tell you which disc in the set to insert to get the original files. It just seems a little expensiive for that one function (IMatch is the same price but does a lot more).
6925  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone know how to "escape" bb codes? on: November 06, 2005, 04:56:40 PM
[   =  %5B

]   =  %5D

[Edit: I removed the actual codes - mouser]

Yeee haaaa it works Wink
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