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126  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: File collection manager on: December 10, 2014, 11:29:02 AM
That looks like it's about 20 different apps mashed together into one - a jack of all trades and master of none.

Am I missing something? To my mind that seems to be pretty much what you're asking for. Except in this case, you want a single jack-of-all-trades app that's master of none. Truth is, with a database, there's no such thing as a "simple" solution. Or a universal one either. smiley

I think the he's looking for the same thing that I've been looking for.  Thankfully, I was able to find something for pdfs.

What he's looking for is something that will attach to the file system and allow you to catalog them in place.

What I use (for pdfs/books) is Alfa eBooks Manager.  Datacrow is *only* for the information- it doesn't seem to link to the file (or at least it didn't when I looked at it).  Others (Calibre) do it.. but insist on managing your files in their structure.

What he'd want is something that allowed you to link to files in place, and then tag them.  I've thought about making my own... but it's decently intensive software to code, and after I found my solution, there was no cause to doing it.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spoilers Are Fun !! on: December 09, 2014, 12:26:10 PM
Reload that machine with Windows 7 64-bit home premium or professional, and use either Chrome or Firefox.

Without even changing the hardware, you'll experience computing like never before.

Though it probably would be worth considering a new build. Something in the Haswell family from Intel with 8-16GB of ram and 64-bit Windows 7. Windows 8 is not recommended for desktops unless you are building for a kid who is used to smarphones, and Windows (9) 10 is probably going to be a disaster.

Telling someone to reload their machine with a different operating system doesn't seem like the desired solution to a particular software problem that's just emergent.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 09, 2014, 08:05:41 AM
I keep meaning to get back to this, because I do agree, at least where it concerns the great ones. I would add one caveat, that a great voice alone can't make you a great singer any more than dexterity makes you a great drummer.

Yes!  This is exactly what I meant... though I was including it for the others also.  That's the part that I wanted to illustrate... that all forms of creative endeavor need something else.  Not just singing.

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However, on the subject of great singers, I can think of one in particular who illustrates your point perfectly, and that's Corey Glover of Living Colour. Given that every other member of the band could arguably be among the best in the world on his chosen instrument, it would be easy to dismiss Glover as less important,but that would be a huge mistake.

Definitely underrated when it comes to male singers.

And I have nothing to add... other than I totally agree.  

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As impressive as it is for the rest of the band to smoothly move between playing R&B to heavy metal to hardcore to hip hop, they still have one huge advantage compared to him. He doesn't get to change instruments when he needs a different sound. What he was born with is what he's got.  Arguably, it's even more than that since singing, even the most beautiful singing, actually damages your vocal chords. The fact he sounds amazing singing stuff influenced by, or even flat out copied from, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Bad Brains, Neil Young, and any number of other acts, is at least as impressive as anything you could say about the rest of the band.

That's a good point.  Look at many great singers after they get older.  Which is one of the things that's so amazing about Ann Wilson's voice today, to bring it back full circle.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 08, 2014, 11:02:03 AM

Apparently Wired has a loose screw. The title isn't remotely related to the article and isn't remotely accurate. I really expected better from Wired.

I disagree. The story was about the problem YouTube had with the number of viewers of that video. It was a problem in the same way that Y2K was a problem.

I'll just quote one of the comments on the story:

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And by "we did the math" you mean "we pointed out a technical grammatical error in the pouplarly buzzed headline, then spun it around for our own 'controversial' headline, to give a false sense of 'truth' to our article in order to bait more clicks."

And then you proceeded to recite the same figures as every other article that had already gotten to this bit of news, in an effort to drag people in for more.

And you succeeded. Well done. You baited the fish. And most of us stuck around to complain about how we got baited to boot. Double whammy.

Now please don't ever do it again.
130  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Alpha Release: MarkdownBuddy on: December 07, 2014, 11:07:08 PM
Updated to add PDF export (which took the project from less than 200k to 30MB(!?!)).  I'm using the Pechkin wrapper around the wkhtmltox0.dll- which is the largest part.  I might look into other export engines.  Also thinking about adding HTML export.  Since it's rendered in HTML anyway... I figure I might as well.

UPDATE: Added HTML Export.  Need feedback on whether its confusing- instead of putting some dropdown or something, I just used the expedient of the selected file filter, i.e. if you choose PDF in the save dialog, it will export in PDF- otherwise it's HTML.
131  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Alpha Release: MarkdownBuddy on: December 06, 2014, 03:23:37 PM
Original Post updated with Alpha Release, and name changed to MarkdownBuddy.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: December 06, 2014, 12:03:33 PM
Awesome news!  It's always great to hear that even in not winning, the shows raise the profile of the performers!  Great job- on the show, and on using that platform!
133  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: A couple games to giveaway: Insurgency (Steam) and Witcher 2 (gog) on: December 05, 2014, 02:15:59 PM
^ That's why I try to be respectful and nice.  But we get a lot of google driveby's for the giveaways...
134  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY Entry: Galaterra on: December 05, 2014, 02:03:06 PM
It looks like a Next-Gen version of the Zork-type text games. Theoretically this could be an engine that could convert lots of those old games into web versions.

Inform is Zork.  Grin

http://inform7.com/
http://www.infocom-if.org/more/glossary.html
http://www.ifwiki.org/index.php/Inform

I uploaded an update. Shouldn't block on torque-wrench use. Should give you a "Continue" hyperlink.

Cool!  Another form of this I'd been looking at: https://writer.inklestudios.com/
135  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY Entry: Galaterra on: December 04, 2014, 08:56:28 PM
Pretty cool... reminds me of the inform stuff. 

Bug: If you go to the torque-wrench and enter an incorrect answer, the game is blocked.
136  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: A couple games to giveaway: Insurgency (Steam) and Witcher 2 (gog) on: December 04, 2014, 08:33:16 PM
@Wraith et al - I was wondering if it might be a good idea if the DC gamers could come up with (and possibly vote?) on some standard boilerplate that could just be pasted into these sorts of offers? Maybe something like "This offer is open to active Donation Coder members who have been registered for at least three months and have made at least five posts" - or something like that.

That way it wouldn't be sprung on some unsuspecting newcomer after the fact. smiley

Good idea...  Thmbsup I usually do, but didn't on this one.  Another idea is to put these in a member only forum so that it doesn't come up on google searches.
137  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: A couple games to giveaway: Insurgency (Steam) and Witcher 2 (gog) on: December 04, 2014, 12:06:47 PM
I would really appreciate one  embarassed

These sorts of giveaways are for members of the community, so usually limited to people that have been around and active, rather than that sign up for the giveaway.  Sorry.
138  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: A couple games to giveaway: Insurgency (Steam) and Witcher 2 (gog) on: December 03, 2014, 10:35:11 PM
I could go for some insurgency

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139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 03, 2014, 10:27:45 PM
If they're there to begin with. That is something, unlike a musical instrument, that can't be bought. Some vocal abilities can't even be developed. It's there or it's not. And no amount of hard work or sincere effort will get it for you.

I think the same argument could be said for a musical instrument.  Or coding.  Or any other of a myriad of things.  Let's take coding.  You can teach coding- there's schools all over the map and all of the internet.  Getting a computer is of course trivial- especially if you're reading this on one smiley

But having been a consultant for several years, I can say that I've seen competent coders- and then I've seen those that are transcendent.  And what makes that difference?  A mindset, certain capabilities for seeing the solution through the problem while having the ability not to fall in love with the solution- but to fall in love with the problem.  Not sure if I'm making sense... but I think in most things that require a creative spark, there's something about that spark that cannot be taught.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 03, 2014, 03:02:26 PM
Just for clarity's sake, I don't think most vocalists are all that special, in fact I have a better voice and more skill than most. Ann Wilson is in an entirely different league. She could just as easily been the world's greatest operatic soprano. Even beyond her voice, her skill is second to none, but that voice by itself would put her almost in a class of her own.

I'd totally agree... on both points.  And I think the vocal competition shows put the truth to that.
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 03, 2014, 02:47:34 PM
If you you have a vocalist anywhere near the ability of Ann Wilson in your band, she will always be your primary focus,  and don't ever forget how lucky you are to have her.

Agree 100%

To be a good guitarist takes some talent, some education, and a devotion to mastering some techniques.

Pure unvarnished vocal talent, however, is a gift from the gods. Be respectful. Cool

As a vocalist, I'd actually disagree.  People think it's about innate vocal talent... but I'd go the route that it's a combination of qualities that make those timeless vocalists.  Many of these qualities can't be taught... but they can be developed.  And many of them are not the classical technicalities - some vocalists are actually known for their peccadilloes.

From Johnny Cash to Leonard Cohen- there are examples all over the place.  And how many times have you heard better singers take on Hallelujah... but fall short of Cohen?

Though I most emphatically agree with you about Ann Wilson.  I saw her in one performance at an awards ceremony, and initially, her sister had all of the focus, and why not?  She was dressed down in all black with a deep brimmed hat that hid her face.  But when they started performing, it was like a star had descended to light her up.  And this in her 60s?  When it's only by nostalgia that I can listen to her contemporary Stevie Nicks at this point.  I don't know what she did to preserve her voice, but it seems in all honesty more powerful now.
142  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute on: December 03, 2014, 02:37:11 PM
I will admit... it's 34 minutes, so I didn't watch the whole thing.  If someone wants to use it... more power to them.  But it doesn't look like something I'd use nor advocate.
143  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute on: December 03, 2014, 10:08:49 AM
But if you have the skills, the equipment, and the software, what reason can you give not to use stenotype? Isn't that like advocating hunt & peck over touch typing?

Does phonetics cover everything that you would need in a programming environment... really?  Especially with the use of templates and snippets and shortcuts.
144  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: A couple games to giveaway: Insurgency (Steam) and Witcher 2 (gog) on: December 03, 2014, 10:04:53 AM
I have some insurgency to give away also.  I was going to just post the link here, but thought better of it.  PM me if you're interested.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 02, 2014, 10:51:57 PM
^ One of my favorite songs by them!  The other favorites being Suicidal Failure and that old classic I Saw Your Mommy and Your Mommy's Dead!
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 02, 2014, 09:25:48 AM
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I wonder if we should ask Mouser about the possibility of getting a Musician/Musical Instrument/Music Tech child board at DoCo?
I am not a musician but I love reading threads like this, people talking about their hobbies, projects, passions.
I don't want these discussions hiding away in a sub-board, in fact i'd like to see more of them in the Living Room.


I understand your point- but to give a different view; with so much in the living room, everything moves down and disappears... and we forget about such threads.  Also, the noise in the living room gets loud smiley  I look at it the same as if we were in person... people would gravitate to groups to talk based on interest, and move around... sometimes venturing back to the main conversation.

Just giving that bit of a viewpoint. smiley
147  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute on: December 02, 2014, 09:12:12 AM
What was the old saying, '4 bugs for every 1,000 lines of code' ... But we can hit 5-7 if we try real hard.

Speed is not always the solution.

That, and typing rate isn't the big limiter in coding for the most part.  I find that the largest asset in coding isn't speed, but the ability to identify problems and create appropriate solutions.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Group two windows so they get focus together. Possible? on: December 02, 2014, 08:44:41 AM
What is your relationship to TaskLayout?  It's usual on this forum to state if you have a relationship to the software you're discussing.
I'm the developer of this tool.

Welcome to the boards!  You can announce your products/get your own threads in the Announce Your Software/Service/Product section, which will give you more lift than posting deep in a thread like this.  And it will establish you as the developer for future reference smiley
149  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals on: December 01, 2014, 09:47:40 PM
timbuk2 is having some good sales on bags.  50% off on the standard.

Apress is having its $15 book day
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Group two windows so they get focus together. Possible? on: December 01, 2014, 05:33:55 PM
Currently, all applications are opening at the same time.
Your question is very good. I will include an option(will name it like "sequential app startup") in one of the next releases of TL.

This is the first indication that I've seen... though I've had my suspicions.  What is your relationship to TaskLayout?  It's usual on this forum to state if you have a relationship to the software you're discussing.
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