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26  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.
27  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.
28  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!
29  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...
30  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/
31  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.
32  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.
33  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.
34  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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35  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.
36  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.
37  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.
38  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.
39  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.
40  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.
41  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!
42  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
43  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.
44  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
45  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
46  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.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My 1-year Facebook Death-a-versary!!! on: December 01, 2014, 10:42:49 AM
I haven't 'killed' myself on FB for one reason.  Games.  I play two games on FB, that are only available through the FB platform.  Every once in a while I get sucked back into looking at posts... but if those games weren't there, I would have faded away.  A FB Ghost smiley
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft OneNote - some experiential Tips & Tricks on: November 29, 2014, 11:25:51 AM
Ian,

I'm using OneNote 2013.
If use Windows Search key, (after finding specific text to search for), all i get is a folder icon with nothing to tell me what its from and it won't open to wherever the data is either. On the other hand, if i search within OneNote itself, there are no problems.

By default, the contents are not indexed in windows search.  To fix this, open the Indexing options in control panel, choose Advanced, then File Types tab. Scroll down to the OneNote file types and for each one, choose the option to Index Properties and File Contents. After doing this for the multiple OneNote file types, choose Ok. The index will need to be rebuilt after this, so it won't be immediate- but this should fix that problem.
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NaNoWriMo ... the gruelling writing event for 2014 on: November 29, 2014, 10:34:19 AM
This was a post about finishing your writing and about NaNoWriMo in particular... not about the merits or not of the exercise.  A get into gear... like the ending of a grueling marathon where you have to dig deep and finish.
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Resources for learning Windows PowerShell on: November 29, 2014, 10:14:58 AM
If what was said during that article is true, I'd recommend a different approach.  Though you'll need some basics in PS... I'd go for a deep dive with Chocolatey.  You can use it in Windows Powershell, but you can also use it in the standard command line.  In that manner, you can get experience with the package manager aspect, and focus on exactly what you want and is relevant in powershell when/if the package manager does come to fruition.

https://chocolatey.org/
https://github.com/chocolatey/chocolatey
http://www.pcworld.com/ar...dows-package-manager.html
http://lifehacker.com/594...age-management-to-windows
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/chocolatey

As far as Powershell, I'd take a look at Powershell Succinctly by Syncfusion.

http://www.syncfusion.com...hportal/ebooks/powershell

It's free, though they do want you to register.  All of the succinctly series books are well done, and this one is no exception.
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