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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So how long IS too long for a thread. on: March 25, 2008, 03:02:04 PM
1) How long is considered to be too long for a thread?

when it's one post longer than your own personal interest in it.  Wink

Funny, but true.  Depending on the goal of the forum*, as long as more than two people are participating and enjoying the thread, carry on.  Two people can do the same thing in email without taking up our internet space, if only 1 person is talking it's called a blog.   tongue

*If the goal is to build a knowledge base, anything over 5 pages is too long.  Very few people will venture into something over 100 posts, so the information will be unusable.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Monster Cables- The World should know! on: March 25, 2008, 02:52:24 PM
Hirudin: please don't bring spinrite into this, it's snake-oil smiley, and mr. Gibson only has buzzwords and "it's super secret advanced tech!" to say, nothing quantitative.

Slightly off Topic.  Just wanted to call BS on your snake-oil comment.  Spinerite actually does work in some cases.  I have used it to recover 1 or 2 drives.  See the article here:PC World Mag

Fortunately, SpinRite 6 is less ambiguous when it encounters a distressed drive. I put the app to work on four magnetically damaged floppy disks, and it lit up the screen with flashing graphics as it worked to recover my data. It saved three of the four.

SpinRite 6 is no substitute for regular backups. Still, having the software around for maintenance--and knowing it's there in an emergency--makes it worth the price.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Comic Strip Generator (and March Caption Contest Announcement!) on: March 25, 2008, 02:26:37 PM
Cody: ... and then I was talking Alan and he said. ... blah blah blah..
Mouser: One of these days bird... POW! right in the kisser.
129  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: March 2008 Discounts and Shareware Giveaway on: March 25, 2008, 02:21:31 PM
mouser at 'em. tongue
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So how long IS too long for a thread. on: March 25, 2008, 02:20:06 PM
Don't let 'em get to you suberboyac.    Thmbsup   tongue
131  Other Software / Programming School / Re: Any other languages people want sections for? on: March 25, 2008, 01:47:16 PM
Interesting that Pascal went from #21 to #16 in this year's language rankings:  Programming Community Index

I'm a pascal fan and I'm shocked....

Interesting article re: learning languages is An Introduction to Programming Languages

re: new languages for the school, what about:   D - The Programming Language
D is a systems programming language. Its focus is on combining the power and high performance of C and C++ with the programmer productivity of modern languages like Ruby and Python. Special attention is given to the needs of quality assurance, documentation, management, portability and reliability.

and/or  Scala
If you have to choose only one new language for the time being then my recommendation is Scala. Scala is very accessible to programmers from different backgrounds. Scala provides access to type inference and advanced techniques used in languages like Haskell, but still supports common Java idioms and dynamic programming.
-- Source: Dr. Dobbs Code Talk
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Office 2007 users, your opinions are wanted on: March 14, 2008, 10:44:37 AM
I have Outlook 2007 at work.  I'm not sure what it does any different than Outlook 2000.  It looks different, but that's about it.  Oh, I can create business card looking signatures.  Woo hoo.

As far as Word goes, I haven't actually used the 2007 version, but I haven't seen anything in the last 3 or 4 versions that were compelling reasons to change.  If anything, they decrease productivity while you re-learn how MS wants you to do things. 

Overall, I'd still rather use WordPerfect 5.1  tongue    It was fast and efficient; it let you type for content w/o worrying about formatting up front (The correct process IMHO) and then allowed for easy formatting of your text.  I suppose easy is a relative term and depends on the person.  Plus it had "User Friendly" stamped right on the box, does Office 2007 have that?!!
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My daughter needs to interview a computer programmer for a school report... on: March 13, 2008, 04:10:54 PM
Hey Gally,

Does this need to be an in-person interview or will over the 'Net work?

I'm not currently working as a programmer, but there are many fine folks here that make a living (or at least beer money) programming. 

You've probably come to the right place. 

134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What’s this "Linux" thing and why should i try it? on: March 13, 2008, 11:52:46 AM
(OS/2 and XP are cousins you know... maybe brothers even)
I'd say a bit more distant than cousins - it's true that Microsoft worked along on OS/2, ditched it, and then went off to do NT, pulling in Dave Cutler of VMS fame... but it wasn't like MS just grabbed the OS/2 code and ran, and based NT on that smiley
Actually, it's more like that than you think.  I used to run OS/2 v 2.1 apps under NT 4.0.  NT uses OS/2 variable in the environment settings.  The XP Kernel is just a tweaked version of NT, right?  (I could be wrong)
Currently, my biggest problem with XP is that freaking registry.  What a f*ed concept that is....  Bloatware is #2 on the "windows things that suck" list.
The registry is a good idea (as opposed to a zillion different config file formats placed a zillion different locations), it's just heavily mis-used.

As opposed to a zillion config files all over the place, yes.  As opposed to a sane process of keeping your app and config files to your own directory structure, no, it is not. 

There are about 236 other ways of handling config files, 96% of which are better than the registry as implemented by M$.
(These are precise numbers BTW  tongue )
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Has the browser become more important than the OS? on: March 13, 2008, 11:46:11 AM
History repeats itself again and again.  I have a computer magazine from 1970; it has an ad for a new mini computer that has integrated email, word processing and spreadsheet capabilities. Databases were things for the IT dept. then.  Apple introduced the "first" integrated office suite in the 1980's.  MS did it again a few years later.  What's new since 1970? Not much.

The PC sparked a "revolution" because "users" could write their own programs.  This was important since IT took so long to write anything and make it productive. Of course once we started depending on these "user" (distributed) applications, we had centralize them and make them work for the whole company, not just one dept.  If you've been around IT long, you've seen the constant expansion and contraction of IT resources; distribute, centralize, repeat.

The web is another example of this same process... with more pictures.

As far as MS (or anyone else) developing a Web OS (where the local OS is just a conduit to the Internet) I don't think it will work until you eliminate hackers and viruses.  What reasonable person would trust their personal and/or financial information to the a server living on the 'Net full time?  Not on today's Internet.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What’s this "Linux" thing and why should i try it? on: March 13, 2008, 11:31:10 AM
I've been "playing" with Linux since 1995 or so and have yet to move to it full time.  I moved from DOS + Win 3.11 (for workgroups) to OS/2 3.0 in about 1 day.  Tweaked it over the next month and used the heck out of it for a long time.  I moved from there to XP. (OS/2 and XP are cousins you know... maybe brothers even)

Using lots of little tweaks, I have XP running about like I want, with a cmd line available as needed (seldom). 

Currently, my biggest problem with XP is that freaking registry.  What a f*ed concept that is....  Bloatware is #2 on the "windows things that suck" list.

I'd love to move to Linux and continue to look for the distro. that will let me.  I will not spend two months tweaking sound, video, codec installation, etc.  I'm even willing to consider OSX given it's BSD base and Intel architecture these days.  I know that my same email and browser apps seem to run better on Linux (Thunderbird, Firefox) and I'm willing to bet my overall system performance will be better.    I just really don't want to spend the rest of my computer life compiling drivers, a new kernel, etc.

Linux Mint and Mandrake 2008 Spring (currently in beta) look to be good candidates.  Time will tell.
137  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Thread about the server Shutdown on March 2nd, 2008 on: March 07, 2008, 09:50:59 AM
Quote from: Mouser
I felt like I had let down the visitors to this site.  If i don't seem contrite enough at the moment, it's only because in the last 4 days since the server was down i have gradually calmed down from a state of hyperventilation.

Mouser, while I appreciate your humility, I do not hold you or anyone on the DC team responsible for this attack.  To me, that'd be like blaming a rape victim* for their attack.  It's not your fault, we're happy DC is back. 


*I am not attempting to equate the two, relax.
138  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: The site is now back online (March 6th, 2008) on: March 07, 2008, 06:40:55 AM
 greenclp greenclp greenclp greenclp
beerchug beerchug
dance dance

Nice work team.  Restoring a site like this from scratch is a major pain, especially after a hack attack.

Great work.   Thmbsup Thmbsup
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Best Games You've Never Played on: February 10, 2008, 11:46:02 AM
What?  No mention of Jane of the Jungle?   ohmy
Wasn't it Jill? At least that's what I played smiley
redface  Yes it was Jill.  I had Jill in my head when I typed it... my fingers didn't listen.  embarassed
140  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Microsoft's "Rich Signature" on: February 09, 2008, 09:54:17 PM
This goes back to 2003/2004. Unfortunately "lingo" edited out the post where he described the whole thing >_<, and I don't know if anybody has that old backups of the forum. A shame, really.


Did you try the Internet Archive?  If it was indexed, there should be a copy there...
141  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Comments That Make You Smile :) on: February 09, 2008, 09:49:32 PM
This code is released under the IDGARA License, so feel free to use, abuse, destroy or
   ignore as you see fit.  I will not be held responsible for any use you may attempt
   with this software; in fact, assume that it's broken, doesn't work and I am a putz.

   IDGARA roughly translates to: I Don't Give A Rat's Hind End, but I used a short word
   for Hind End.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Best Games You've Never Played on: February 09, 2008, 09:39:48 PM
What?  No mention of Jane of the Jungle?   ohmy
143  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: February 2008 Discounts and Shareware Giveaway on: February 09, 2008, 09:36:19 PM
Lucky DC Members!  My system is running well and there is no software on the list that I don't already have directly or similar function.  One less person in the mix, better odds for you.  Thmbsup

Good luck. dance
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: myIPneighbors - site shows you how many other accounts on your shared hostin on: February 03, 2008, 01:41:06 PM
Excellent find mouser... THANKS!   Thmbsup
145  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: February 01, 2008, 09:08:10 AM
Once upon a time I would've joined ye.  Wink

I am already a current owner of the pdf995 suite of products.... cheesy
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Attention Mod on: January 31, 2008, 02:32:29 PM
two cents

Alt solution:  Add a button to call for help, that when activated changes the Topic Icon to something attention getting.
Pro: Easy to see.  No direct Pressure to participate.  Open to anyone who thinks they are an expert on the topic subject.
Con:  Adds yet another button to the thread.  More passive than originally suggested.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use a light or a dark background in your editor for programming? on: January 31, 2008, 01:46:49 PM
Using the most awesome Boxer Text Editor with colors as orginally* intended.


* See Turbo Pascal 3.0  Grin
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: content management systems (CMS): are they still so bad? on: January 31, 2008, 01:40:01 PM
CMS's were a lot crappy 1.5 -2 years ago.  Most have gotten much better recently.

I have used Joomla to build a few sites and it is excellent.  It has so many possibilities, the only real down side is the learning curve.  There are 100's of plug-ins available to do  just about anything you want.  It even integrates with Mantis.

It's not perfect, but it is easily extend-able and well supported.

two cents
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your boot time? on: January 31, 2008, 01:24:40 PM
I wear 11  or 12 depending on the mfg.   Wink  OH! Boot TIME!  ohmy

My home system has a lot of crap running as Services, so Login Screen to usable system is 2+ minutes.

My system at work is worse...  first it's a laptop with a slow HD; second it is a corp. controlled system with 3.2 million domain policies and 432,000 remote management agents.
Maybe a few less than that.   undecided

Power to Login screen is about 90 seconds, Login to useful system is 3-5 minutes.  On big update days it can be 10 minutes before the system is useful.  I usually login, wait until I can Lock the system and go get breakfast.  Love that bacon.  Kiss
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Money saving budgeting options on: January 31, 2008, 01:18:42 PM
I also recommend reading The Total Money Makeover by David Ramsey. He'll get you started on steps to take to come into big savings.

2nd that.  He gives you a new perspective on money handling.  Thmbsup
two cents
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