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2551  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Request for Help from Skyrim Players on: September 09, 2012, 05:30:49 PM
So, I've recently gotten bitten by the Skyrim bug.  It's great... I can't recommend it enough!  Less than 2 months in, and over 160 hours played speaks for itself.  I did find one area lacking- and software made to fix it lacking also.  I've come to the point where I want to play another character, and there is no interface to manage that.

Software that I create tends to come from need and something to learn, and those to crossed enough that I've been working on the Skyrim Character Manager instead of playing for the past couple of weeks.  It helps to manage multiple characters and their files, and also adds some place to store information on the characters.  It's usable currently, though I'm not ready to release it yet.  I wanted to get some input on some of the features first.

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This is the primary screen.  It is divided into separate parts: The toolbar area with separate toolbars for managing characters and references, the character grid that lists all characters stored in the database, the character files which lists all active and inactive files for the selected character, and the character details that has space for other details about the selected character.

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The main toolbar holds all of the controls for managing the character.  The data group contains all commands related to managing the actual database, i.e. adding a record, entering edit mode, and deleting.  The editing group contains supplemental database commands, i.e. saving data and canceling edits, and refreshing the data from the database.

The files group contains commands related to the files for the selected character, i.e. refreshing the list of files from the disk, activating a character and deactivating a character.

Finally, the tools group contains miscellaneous commands to launch skyrim, initialize a character after first creating the data record, backing up the character files, and entering the settings.

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The reference toolbar contains commands for launching various reference sites that I've found useful, and the help and obligatory about this application.

Before I go on to the other areas of the application, I thought it worth discussing the design behind the application.  The application attempts to pair up data stored in a database to the location of files on the disk.  It uses the location of the Skyrim save games to facilitate this.  Each character has a directory underneath the main skyrim save path.  When a character is initialized, all saves related to that character are copied to this directory.  When a character is deactivated, all files with that character's name are moved from the main directory to that directory.  When a character is activated, all of the files from that directory are copied back to the main directory.  The only operation that involves removing files from the drive is the deactivation.  All others leave any files that are not overwritten in place.

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The character and character files area shows all of the characters, and when each is selected, shows that character's files both active, and inactive, on separate tabs.

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The bottom area of the application holds purely fluff related data points in relation to the background of a character.

What I need help on

So far, I've made this to what I want, but I'll take any suggestions from what I've outlined.  What I really had questions in regards to was file management.  I've taken a very cautious approach.  Backups are always taken from the main directory and copied to whatever backup location is specified, assuming that those are the most recent saves.  The only operation that removes files is the deactivation of a character.  Other operations don't clear out the files there before performing their operation.  By default, the application asks you before every overwrite.  And even after creating a character, you have to manually initialize the directory before that character can be managed.  Is this overkill? 
2552  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: FREE Programming eBooks! (and a C++ book for C# devs) on: September 08, 2012, 06:11:07 PM
Emails and Phone Calls are different levels of things. I have a sandboxed email for precisely this stuff. But the minute I saw "give us your phone" I just blasted it with a fake one. To me, that crosses a line.

There are certain things where you're going to have cold calls and sales reps in addition to/instead of e-mail.  They're a high end component company, so I can understand the whole phone call thing.  But not to have an opt-in was what annoyed me.
2553  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: FREE Programming eBooks! (and a C++ book for C# devs) on: September 08, 2012, 03:43:43 PM
Yeah... I know what you mean. They're just trying damn hard to drum up business, but it's bloody annoying. Had a few of those calls myself.

Still, I have to give them credit for the free ebooks.

Oh.. I do too.  Especially after reading them.. and the fact that they continued to put them out.  The git one really helped me out.  And Smartgit looks pretty cool.
2554  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: FREE Programming eBooks! (and a C++ book for C# devs) on: September 08, 2012, 09:25:05 AM
Gotta say, hats off to them for the super attitude that seems all to rare now. They've definitely earned a big, massive, huge +1 in my (e)books~! Grin

Anyways, thought I'd pass that along. Hope it's useful for someone.

It was sketchy at first- we'd been looking at their component suite at work, and though we decided not to go with them, I signed up for their list and saw these (and other things that they've released free, ie metro studio and smart git- smart git isn't apparently free to all, but metro studio still is at http://www.syncfusion.com/downloads/metrostudio)

They kept calling me at the number - thankfully I'd given them my google voice number, so it kept going to voicemail, but it was annoying.  I called them to say so, and they stopped calling... but that left a bit of a bitter taste, so I never recommended them...
2555  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What went wrong with Linux on the Desktop on: September 07, 2012, 06:39:10 AM
Again, if you guys wish to nitpick words and go on about it as if it's religious or political debate,  I used "rarely" word here to imply personal experience.

Not nitpicking words, but as everyone has said, is genuinely interested.  No one is attempting to attack- it's just that much of what you said is only anecdotal, so the only way to deal with it is to ask you to see how this could have occurred.  If you've moved past this and don't really have any way to substantiate it by anything that might be other than anecdotal and unwilling to/ don't want to discuss it just say so.  Everyone here was just trying to help it seems and see things from your perspective- not pick you apart.

OSes are just like the hardware they run on- tools- and each has its uses and problems.  And each person's experience with them is going to be individual.  But if you throw out phrases like "Those who are using Visual studio knows Why I am saying this, because microsoft's own programs make the system unusable," or "I hope you remember XP days with regular fixing of broken stuff," that doesn't sound either anecdotal or personal experience, so of course people are going to chime in.  Then if you change course midstream, you can't expect everyone to change course with you so unexpectedly.
2556  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Most BitTorrent users being monitored by copyright agencies, study finds on: September 06, 2012, 09:20:17 PM
Mine is clean as well...  Evil
2557  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What went wrong with Linux on the Desktop on: September 06, 2012, 07:50:48 AM
Those who are using Visual studio knows Why I am saying this, because microsoft's own programs make the system unusable.
I've been running every single version (not every edition, of course!) and service pack of Visual Studio from 6 to 2010 SP1, and will soon be installing 2012. I've even been using VS on Win9x. While the first VS.NET version was pretty crappy and unstable, I've never had VS affect my system stability, and never heard of stories like that from friends or co-workers.

Same here all the way back to 9x. Hell we've even got one guy that (does legacy stuff) is still doing VB code with VS6, on Windows 8.

Same here... including unfortunately the VB code.   Anything other than anecdotal evidence of this VS making the system unusable bit?

Sure, there's some nice things about OSX, and the build quality on some macbooks is better than a lot of non-OSX PCs. But there's plenty of problems as well, and plenty of funny security holes as well :-)

 +1

They're all just tools, and all of them have their pros and cons.
2558  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What went wrong with Linux on the Desktop on: September 05, 2012, 06:58:48 AM
I am pretty sure I am here because DonationCoder is usually open for technical discussions. I did not know it is against the board rules to question the advantages of Linux and OSX. Sorry, must have read them wrong.

As 40hz said- it's the presentation, not the comment.  When you say...

Bullshit. That urban myth is not true anymore since... uhm... Windows Me? Or Windows 98?
Of course a system with a lot of auto-start entries will start slower.

Even Linux.

Now what?

Most people are going to take that as a bit condescending and thus... flamebait.  If you'd leave it to the arguments rather than adding on the snide finishers (you are pretty good at 'witty' repartee), then I believe that you'd find the audience more receptive to your arguments.

From Debate Ideas and Suggestions:
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6. Attack the idea not the person.
16. Smile when disagreeing.
19. Avoid bickering, quarreling, and wrangling.
20. Watch your tone of voice.
22. Keep your perspective - You're just debating.

You need to be very polite when disagreeing with someone in English, even someone you know quite well.
With someone you know very well, you can disagree more directly.

2559  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Did Obama’s iPad Just Get Hacked? on: September 04, 2012, 04:31:54 PM
LastPass has a tool to check, but it's being made out to be a bigger deal than it apparently is.

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“Since AntiSec removed all the personal data from the data they released, this hack doesn’t present much risk to end users,” said Andrew Storms, director of security operations for nCircle, a compliance auditing firm that works with companies such as Facebook and Mastercard. “UDIDs in isolation aren’t a big deal. In fact, Apple used to permit apps to spew UDIDs all over the place, so there’s a lot of UDID data already in the public domain. For awhile, there were a lot of apps using UDID and personal data to track users activity and selling it to advertisers.”

The larger question is why did the FBI have all of those UDIDs?
2560  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SEC uses JOBS Act to set up new roadblocks to crowdfunding on: September 04, 2012, 02:09:31 PM
I'm not saying that what the SEC is planning/has done is good (especially since I haven't read any of the articles about it, so I don't really know anything about it), but I have been wondering when the first big scam from one of these crowd sourcing projects would happen.

I know it will at some point (though I'm not sure exactly what I might mean by "big").


There was an attempt to push through a scam.  However, though you can scam one person, scamming a lot of people is harder, and it was promptly shut down as the collective internet quickly figured out that it was a scam.

http://betabeat.com/2012/...kstarter-scam-looks-like/

http://www.itproportal.co...-scam-appears---shutdown/

I think that it will be hard to perpetrate for the amount of time that a Kickstarter goes on.  You will get duds and kickstarters that fail... but I look at it more as a pre-order than an investment in any case.  I also don't back anything that's far out in terms of delivery.
2561  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buy Your Uranium Ore Here~! Today Only $49.95~! =D on: September 04, 2012, 11:45:02 AM
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So glad I don't have to buy this from Libyans in parking lots at the mall anymore. January 21, 2009
By Kyle J. Von Bose
I bought this to power a home-made submarine that I use to look for prehistoric-era life forms in land-locked lakes around my home town in Alaska. At first I wasn't sure if this item would (or could) arrive via mail, but I was glad to see it showed up with no problems. Well, almost no problems.

Unfortuantly my mom opened my mail, because she does not respect people's privacy. She was pretty upset to see Uranium Ore. After a long argument and me running away from home again, she finaly stopped being such an idiot and I was able to get back to work.

The quality of this Uranium is on par with the stuff I was bying from the Libyans over at the mall parking lot, but at half the price! I just hope the seller does not run out, because I have many projects on my list including a night vision sasquatch radar, an electromagnetic chupakabra cage, a high velocity, aerial, weighted Mothman net and super heated, instant grill cheese sandwhich maker.

This is great!  Grin  Grin
2562  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / SEC uses JOBS Act to set up new roadblocks to crowdfunding on: September 04, 2012, 10:22:00 AM
SEC uses JOBS Act to set up new roadblocks to crowdfunding

This is the problem with all of these little agencies having their say in everything.  For the first time I almost totally agree with something that us has bipartisan support... and the SEC has to stick its nose in.

*sigh*

I knew with Kickstarter and IndieGoGo getting such good results, there would be some sort of backlash...
2563  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Any DC members thinking of trying Kickstarter? on: September 04, 2012, 10:18:56 AM
Having said that it all seems to be handled via the US and payments for that project went through Amazon US payment system.

That's the problem that I think a lot of people have.  Amazon US payment for out of country payments is sort of sketchy.  I would guess that UK was fine... but get beyond that...
2564  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Non-Douchiness From the MAFIAA? Am I High? on: September 02, 2012, 07:08:12 AM
It's all about control- as long as they control the release, they're fine.
2565  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple v Samsung Verdict is in on: August 31, 2012, 06:46:25 PM
^ Haven't we seen this twice before in this thread?  LOL ... never too much?
2566  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fake Reviews: Amazon's Rotten Core on: August 31, 2012, 12:44:53 PM
I wonder if one can make a candidate sign a contract in which if he/she does not makes good on his promises, they are automatically, and personally,  in debt for 1 million, per each incident.

Probably not legally since it would be a violation of an oath of office to sign such a contract. And it might also be illegal in that it could be viewed as a form of coercion employed against an elected official. Something which is a crime.

There's already been some discussion about US reps who have signed a public pledge (i.e. Norquest No-Tax Pledge) that they will oppose and attempt to block any new tax bills no matter what the circumstances. In a Huffington Post editorial, retired judge H. Lee Sarokin raises the issue of whether this may constitute a violation of the oath of office or a dereliction of duty on the part of the reps signing it.

Interesting question.

The large thing is that there are IMO two different things at play here:
1. Those that make promises they never intend to deliver on to get elected, and
2. Those that make promises in good faith, but can't deliver on them because of the realities of the political situation, naivete, or both.

A good example of the latter is Clinton.  He made several promises, and tried to make them happen.  He spent a lot of political capital in the pursuit of the Health Care mandate and the stance of the military in regard to LGBT servicemen.  He was able to deliver on neither of these.  But it wasn't for lack of trying- it was because of opposition and the political realities.

To penalize someone because of that seems... wrong.
2567  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What went wrong with Linux on the Desktop on: August 31, 2012, 10:42:15 AM
Oh, I'm sorry, that used to be called Shareware except now you don't get to try it for free!

A little different from shareware in the classical sense if you stick to what apps represented to get Apple to the place that it is.  The whole thing has been a bit muddled, but the two come from different places and different thought processes.

Most shareware is meant to build something- where the concept of Apps is meant to be the latest cash in scheme.  "I'll make a .99 app and sell a million copies and retire"
2568  DonationCoder.com Software / Kyrathaba Software / Re: Kyrathasoft Found Money (a NANY 2012 entry; my 1st Coding Snacks fulfillment) on: August 30, 2012, 03:43:36 PM
So they're making money at your expense (or at least building their reputation) ... not cool.  I'd contact them, and make sure that they at least link to your page for the download rather than directly to the file.
2569  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: President Obama randomly dropped by Reddit today for an AMA session. on: August 29, 2012, 06:43:56 PM
Not too much in the way of content or answering hard questions... so I'm pretty sure it was a staffer that he was dictating to.  But really cool, nonetheless.
2570  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fake Reviews: Amazon's Rotten Core on: August 29, 2012, 01:01:22 PM
If I had my way, SEO fscktards would be publicly tortured, they're ruining the interwebs.

+1



Only if they crucify the spammers first.

...and the lawyers, and the politicians.  And especially the lawyers turned politicians.
2571  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fake Reviews: Amazon's Rotten Core on: August 29, 2012, 12:11:23 AM
^ Eliza 2.0? smiley
2572  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fake Reviews: Amazon's Rotten Core on: August 28, 2012, 11:17:01 PM
^ I totally get what you're saying, so you're not alone in that feeling. Sad
2573  DonationCoder.com Software / Kyrathaba Software / Re: Kyrathasoft Found Money (a NANY 2012 entry; my 1st Coding Snacks fulfillment) on: August 28, 2012, 11:15:09 PM
Congrats... but something strikes me odd... other than your name, there's no credit to you, i.e. link to your page, etc.  Is that just the way the site works?
2574  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple v Samsung Verdict is in on: August 28, 2012, 05:40:15 PM
I think most people underestimate Samsung right now.

Anyone who does is pretty stupid.  I mean, when someone has a whole government totally behind them (look up Chaebols) is a pretty big deal.  As bad as politics are in the US, they aren't *that* overt.
2575  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple v Samsung Verdict is in on: August 28, 2012, 11:34:53 AM
If Samsung tells Apple where to stick their contract, then
1) Samsung loses a lot more revenue in the long term
2) Samsung's word as a manufacturer becomes mud

It's to their benefit to keep that separation of producer vs. manufacturer in place.

(And that enemy of my enemy is my friend has been shown historically to be hilarious in a black comedy type manner...)
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