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2551  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A month with my Surface RT on: November 27, 2012, 11:25:59 AM
in fact I am a keyboard junky and reach for the mouse only in rare case.

It is this very reason that I think that I wouldn't mind a touch screen.  Especially on laptops where the touch pad gets in the way so much!  No mouse to pack, no pointer to move out of the way.  The only thing I use my mouse for is to traverse screens from one computer to another (and I really need to set up the kb shortcuts for that), gaming, and websites that aren't kb friendly.
2552  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Looking for takers in a 4-pack of Chivalry on: November 25, 2012, 11:54:26 PM
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be enough interest in getting it, here or elsewhere. Sad
2553  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Looking for takers in a 4-pack of Chivalry on: November 24, 2012, 02:04:17 PM
Anyone interested in getting in on a 4-pack of Chivalry on Steam?  Pulling the trigger tomorrow, so let me know.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Q7FETIxZw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Q7FETIxZw</a>
2554  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Disney acquires Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion dollars. Star Wars Ep VII due in 2015 on: November 23, 2012, 11:13:45 AM
Well, it looks as if they are aggressively pushing a plan- and it resolves around story!

http://gointothestory.blc...pproach-to-star-wars.html
2555  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ~$300 Laptop/Netbook recommendations on: November 23, 2012, 11:12:21 AM
Great!  I hope it works out well for you... I haven't had anything but positive experiences with Dell.
2556  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you going to wait for Windows 9? on: November 23, 2012, 09:34:54 AM
I'll keep it to "First they came for the [...], and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a [...]. - and I'm sorry, but no, I don't think that's fatalist thinking. Looking at what Apple is doing and speculating(!) that Microsoft wants to do the same, I do think that's the way we're heading... unless enough people protest.

And that's fine. But much like the end of the Myan calendar, we won't know what will actually happen until after it actually happens ... Regardless of how convincingly prophetic ones diatribes may be.

The thing that I'm feed up with, is the simple fact that it seems near impossible to have a discussion about the OS, as specifically and only an O. S. Without it almost instantly denigrating into a discussion about its role as a sociopolitical pawn in a bid for global domination.

There's a time and place for everything...Ya know.

+100  Thmbsup
2557  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hello Strangers. on: November 22, 2012, 07:33:51 PM
When I first left DonationCoder, it was because of personal problems between me and my better half...I was spending WAY to much time online, and letting my actual relationship deteriorate.  Obviously, once I had realized this, I had to take drastic action in order to resolve things between me and ....
Been there, done that - literally. Once you reach that point, it's too late - end of story.

Well, not always.  Especially if you have a very understanding other half and are willing to put in the diligence to make it work, which apparently Stephen is/has.  And keep diligent to make sure it doesn't get to that extent again.  I wish you all the best in that, and in everything else.
2558  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Going Over Old Code... on: November 22, 2012, 01:20:37 PM
Ask yourself how pissed you're going to be at your former self sometime in the future.

LOL!  I like this! +1!
2559  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Small free form db/notes software on: November 22, 2012, 08:58:18 AM
And one of the requirements was small.  Grin
2560  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you going to wait for Windows 9? on: November 22, 2012, 08:55:36 AM
Whilst Windows 7 and 8 include something that look and behaves like DOS it isn't really and I am not convinced you can really expect to effectively run DOS apps on newer machines. Backwards compatibility is being lost - trying running 16 bit windows apps.

Just did on Windows 7, with no problems, to show my wife one of my older projects that I worked on.
2561  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: GHacks looking to fill list for Christmas giveaway on: November 22, 2012, 08:54:20 AM
It's commercial products... and FARR isn't commercial.

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Let us know about programs that you think are the best commercial programs on today’s Internet, and services that you are interested in.
2562  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Going Over Old Code... on: November 22, 2012, 08:52:42 AM
I think it really depends.  If it's just for you, and you understand it, and it doesn't stand in your way- let it live.  But in many cases, refactoring is for maintenance, and assumes you're working on a team.

Just my tuppence, but from what I've seen on contract jobs I've been responsible for overseeing, the best success was obtained with 85% code written specifically for the project. Only the balance came from purchased or reused code.

Maybe code reuse works well with something like database type apps where there's significant commonality of rules, objects, and tables used between one business and another. Especially when you consider most of what makes up your basic AP/AR/GL/INV accounting suite is already standardized to comply with legal reporting and auditing requirements. So reuse does make sense there. Just take a pre-written accounting package and add whatever customizations and special business rules you need.

But for what I call 'real' programs, I haven't noticed much actual code getting reused except for snippets or a few special routines.
 Cool

I think it really depends on how it was architected, and what's considered reuse.  Certain things can make the use of code across multiple solutions very much likely.  Single Responsibility and Compartmentalization make it more likely.  The use of certain patterns makes it very much more likely.  Nothing is 100% written for you... but I've noticed as my approach gets more and more refined from job to job, there's less spin up time to get the base application going.  In fact, on my current solution, I just gave some developers from a new acquisition a presentation on how to get a solution going in our current framework.  It pretty much involves installing some templates into VS 2010, making a new solution from the template and running it.  And that was something that took a couple of hundred hours to get polished originally, so that's a significant savings on each solution.

And even with the framework I'm using at home, if I refine it to that point, when I create a new application, it should take me significantly less time to create each one.  So there's something to be said for refactoring.  But if it's just because it looks ugly but works, you don't plan to use it on any other project, and it's just you maintaining it... yeah.  What's the point other than an exercise.
2563  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Small free form db/notes software on: November 21, 2012, 08:16:45 PM
SnapDB by Skwire is a really good app for those little ad hoc databases.  There's no web option nor ipad option unfortunately.
2564  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you going to wait for Windows 9? on: November 21, 2012, 07:15:33 PM
Actually one indication of MS's original intentions was that the new version of the free Visual Studio Express was originally intended for developing not-Metro apps only (with no desktop app support) - they have back tracked on that sharply, when the public outcry built up, but I think it says a lot about what they were thinking!

Not really.  There were a lot of things that VSE was prohibited from doing that they backtracked on.  I think they were trying to pare it down, not really thinking about the backlash.  They do that a lot, unfortunately.  undecided
2565  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you going to wait for Windows 9? on: November 21, 2012, 04:37:25 PM
It isn't me that described Windows 8 desktop as 'legacy' it was MS! The fact that there is only minimal development on the desktop from Windows 7 says a lot about their intentions for the trad desktop.

I know that some people are calling the classic desktop 'legacy' and I've seen it bandied about... but can you show me somewhere that MS has said it's legacy?  I think that non-Metro says a lot about their intentions towards tablets, but not necessarily towards desktops.  I think if they're guilty of anything, it's feeling things out and not setting their path out there because they don't know what it is.  And I think that's worst case.
2566  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thoughts on this sort of UI styling? on: November 21, 2012, 04:33:08 PM
Including the texture, I think it's pretty fine  Grin

I do agree about getting information about the tests that are going to be run, unless the users of this would already know (and even then, it's not a bad idea).
2567  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you going to wait for Windows 9? on: November 21, 2012, 02:02:19 PM
^ Ummm.... yeah.  What he said.  Thmbsup


... with less vitriol, though.  embarassed
2568  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - FreeNAS Brute Forcer on: November 20, 2012, 11:50:45 PM
Just a suggestion- you might want to limit it to local ips to even further close it off from abuse.

i.e.
10.0.0.0 - 10.255.255.255
172.16.0.0 - 172.31.255.255
192.168.0.0 - 192.168.255.255
169.254.0.0 -169.254.255.255
2569  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anything wrong with formatting a USB stick in NTFS? on: November 20, 2012, 06:07:55 PM
^ I use Zentimo (used to be usb safely remove) for that.
2570  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: DC Community Digital White Elephant on: November 20, 2012, 06:06:53 PM
Software, Games, Gift Certificates... anything that can be distributed digitally.  And it's more about the game and interactions than the actual gifts smiley
2571  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: READ IN: Posting in this section on: November 20, 2012, 04:28:02 PM
I was thinking about that- we don't want to encourage any violations of TOS/EULA, but in the end, enforcing such things is going to be up to the parties involved.  Again, this is for the recycling of software that might not be in use/might be undesired- I buy a lot of stuff on Bits/Steam/Galas that I end up never using or have a copy of and forgot it.  It is in that spirit that things should be posted and given away.  Thmbsup
2572  Other Software / Community Giveaways / DC Community Digital White Elephant on: November 20, 2012, 04:20:51 PM
Have you ever heard of a White Elephant Gift Exchangew?  I thought about doing a variant of it here, and wanted to see if there was any interest (and who would be interested) in doing one on DC to promote community among the members.

I was thinking of the following parameters:
  • Nothing above $10
  • Everything must be digital, with a code that can be PM'd to the receiver
  • Everyone is randomly assigned a person
  • One person is randomly chosen to start, and the person that they were gifted by is revealed.
  • The next person then has their gifter revealed, and chooses whether to keep their gifter, or take one that was given before
  • Two times through the list, with a maximum of two steals of any gift are possible

Afterwards, we can exchange the gift codes via PM.  Depending on how many people are participating, there will probably be a time limit set on turns when your turn comes up.  I was also thinking that we should set a limit on participants, i.e. those who have been members longer than 3 months or a certain number of posts, but I'm sort of torn on that, and in this planning wanted to get opinions from those that are participating.

Thoughts?  Interest?
2573  Other Software / Community Giveaways / READ IN: Posting in this section on: November 20, 2012, 04:01:21 PM
Did you get a deal on software and find out you already had it?  Or what about a bundle that includes duplicates of things that you have?  Then this section is for you!

This section is for posts relating to things (software, hardware, etc) that members of the community have to give away.

Any kind of products that you are willing to ship and/or e-mail to others can be included (the offers should be at a minimum be computer related), though no financial recompense should be expected.  How the offer is given away should be determined by the giver, though it is suggested that they be limited to people that actively participate (or have participated) on the board, to keep people from trolling this area for freebies.

Companies can do giveaways too- but you must make clear your affiliation with the company in question.

Please do not spam the section with repeated multiple posts.

To be clear, this section exists purely for the reward of being able to gift someone with something that they might like to have- not for promotion or any other reason.
2574  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In a change of fortunes, MS implores developers not to make Webkit the new IE6 on: November 20, 2012, 12:55:37 PM
Wouldn't it just be nice if Microsoft would just embrace Webkit and then extend it? tongue

Now, that is the impossible dream, methinks  undecided.

Actually, I think that was sarcasm- in response to their approach prior to this with Java.
2575  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thoughts on this sort of UI styling? on: November 20, 2012, 07:37:52 AM
^ I *do* like that version better...  Although I liked the texturing, and would add that back.
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