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426  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WANTED: 2 small? applets on: April 25, 2006, 11:09:10 PM
Sure if you want the excercise smiley

I'm getting to start a switch replacement project, it might come in handy.
427  Special User Sections / Podcast Radio Show / Re: Podcast Audio Radio Show - Upcoming Show Planning on: April 22, 2006, 10:25:04 AM
superboyac rocks the house.... er.. um at least jazzes it. 

That's a fun little song.  Very catchy, almost familiar, not too imposing.  Good stuff for radio pod casting.

 thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up
428  News and Reviews / Best Music Service / Re: tech crunch article comparing music services on: April 22, 2006, 10:20:45 AM
Gmail (it's not a bad word!) allows spontanious disposable email.  for example:

webrover+sitename@gmail.com   where +sitename can be ANYTHING you want.  You can even setup filters to route based on the incoming address you created.

So webrover+dc@gmail.com could be routed into my Read First Folder
and webrover+carol@gmail.com could be routed into my SPAM folder.  Grin

(just kidding carol)

429  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your favorite computer game from when you were young? on: April 22, 2006, 08:29:16 AM
OK - the Duke Nukem reference reminded me of another obsession:  Commander Keen.
http://www.commander-keen.com/

As I recall, Apogee/ID software released 3 games at a time.  The also made Duke Nukem.


[edited by mouser to fix url link]
430  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: New program and author on the site: Random Mix Tape Maker on: April 21, 2006, 04:05:32 PM
@mouser - too slow by 60 seconds.  Already sent some $  Wink cheesy cheesy
431  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your favorite computer game from when you were young? on: April 21, 2006, 03:59:34 PM
superboyac - 486 = old school  ohmy  I don't think so  Grin

I remembered another classic... Montezuma's Revenge for DOS 2.1.  It was amazing how much they could cram into 18k.  That's kilobytes, not MB.

I used to play on a 3270-PC.  It was an early model IBM, that had integrated 3270 emulation as well as DOS.  5.25" floppy (360k) and a whopping 10M drive.  The stupid emulation software took 128k or more RAM and like a whole 1.5 M of HD.

Sometimes, I don't miss the DOS days  Cool
432  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your favorite computer game from when you were young? on: April 21, 2006, 07:17:57 AM
There was a slideshow graphics adventrue game we played on the Apple ][+   I don't remeber the name of it, but  I do know that after you finally got the ruby slippers, you had to SAY WOOSH

There was another we played for a while called Swashbuckler.  You used the keyboard to swordfight computer opponents.  We kept trying to play it duing school but the teacher always busted us when he heard the noise it made.  So one of my classmastes wrote an assembler program to kill the sound.  cheesy

Ahh... the Apple ][ days....
433  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wanted: thoughts and ideas about blogs - bloggers join in! on: April 20, 2006, 09:10:00 PM
I should probably clairify my position, lest I be cast down  Wink

Personal web logs where people talk about their feelings and if they had oatmeal for breakfast make me want to puke.  ohmy

I can see the benefit of the web log format for some people who have an audience... sort of a more frequently updated, less formal newsletter.  That makes sense.

I hate the short speak name 'blog.  Are we too lazy to speak full words now?

Since these are personal opinions they don't add much value to the thread, so I'll stop now   Wink
434  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: DONE: Organize the Taskbar, organize the System Tray on: April 20, 2006, 06:00:08 PM
So what does TA look like when it's running?  Can you give us a shot of that? 

-- Obviously too lazy to try it myself  embarassed
435  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wanted: thoughts and ideas about blogs - bloggers join in! on: April 20, 2006, 05:30:43 PM
in the future everyone will be required by law to have a blog.
In the future all restaurants are Taco Bell  Grin Grin Grin
436  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone actually use rewriteable media? on: April 20, 2006, 05:08:39 PM
In short: No

I found simlar problems with RW media.  Now with USB hard drives and sticks, why bother?

CD-RW and DVD-RW are dead to me  Grin
437  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wanted: thoughts and ideas about blogs - bloggers join in! on: April 20, 2006, 05:05:51 PM
gothic - nice find.  This was pretty much my thought when I first heard about 'blogs.  Once again, I figured I was just missing something.  Sort of like when peple put a ring in their nose; I don't understand the motivation, but maybe I'm out of the loop. 

At any rate, I must say I pretty much agree with the whole "I think 'blogs are stupid" are stupid, but I would have written it without all of the f-bombs.  To me it's a sign of a weak mind... can't think of a better adjective?  cheesy
438  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MyLifeOrganized - a journey in search of the perfect GTD software on: April 20, 2006, 04:57:45 PM
I'm confused... how can you sync files without both systems being connected?  I guess you could save your data to a removable storage (USB Stick or USB HD), but they have to "talk" to get sync'd.
439  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: eyeOS - Online "Operating System" on: April 20, 2006, 04:55:49 PM
I played with it for a while after the first post and I would call it an Online Desktop vs. Operating System.  As Ajax becomes more popular, I expect to see more of this kind of stuff and it's going to get confusing.

$0.02.
440  Special User Sections / Borland C++ Builder Contest / Re: Learning C++ Builder on: April 19, 2006, 07:21:50 AM
you are talking about the C++ Preprocessor (http://www.cplusplus.com/...utorial/preprocessor.html).
the subject of much debate and misuse, which can be made to do some strange stuff.

Yup, that's the bugger.  I kept wanting to call it a pre-compiler...   embarassed

The International Obfuscated C Code Contest

ps. the real goal of the contest is to see who can make c code that will break your brain with its insanity.

I used to read some C language magazines and they would usually have a similar contest.  It was UGLY.  The 2 line programs are nice in the same sort of way.  Scares me just to think about them.  ohmy
441  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your favorite computer game from when you were young? on: April 19, 2006, 07:11:17 AM
We played the Atari 2600 until our fingers bled.  I played Adventure for hours on end.  Found the magic dot, took it to the hall under the gold castle and entered the "secret" room.

Asteroids was hard to play using the joystick.  So we took a couple of old joysticks (cause the wore out fast) and made a couple of little button consoles laid out like the asteroids machine.  Radio shack was cool then. smiley

Several years later I bought a used Major Havock machine from the local arcade.  Now THAT was cool.  Played that for a long time too.
442  Special User Sections / Borland C++ Builder Contest / Re: Learning C++ Builder on: April 19, 2006, 06:55:53 AM
Way back in the 1980's (big hair, bad music) someone created a neat little file that made C look almost exactly like Pascal.  They used the (brain dead moment here...) pre-compiler thing.  Ughh! 

In C you can create shortcuts for almost anything and just before the source code is sent to the complier, it is run through a find/replace process.  I can't remember what it's called... too sticking early in the morning ...
Anyway it would basically allow something like this:

Define BEGIN  {
Define END     }

So that:
 BEGIN
   do some fancy programming stuff;
   programmers are cool;
 END

Would be converted to
 {
   do some fancy programming stuff;
   programmers are cool;
 }

It was pretty cool, but just enough different from real pascal to make it a pain to try to use.  Grin

Someone help my brain and tell me what that whole process is called before I freaking die.  Cry
443  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Out for a bit -- not a byte on: April 18, 2006, 10:25:58 PM
If you've never been out of the country for a while, you may have a hard time understanding how:
GOOD IT IS TO BE BACK!  cheesy

The last impression I have of Europe is the Taxi ride that was supposed to be 20-25 minutes, that turned out to 45 and cost 70 Euro.  I felt like Ben Dover...

How many details do you want?  Daily highlights or total trip overview?

One cool thing about being back is the jet lag.  I usually get up when the sun is warm, like 8:30 or 9:00.  Today I was up at 6:30 and felt like I slept late.
444  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Out for a bit -- not a byte on: April 14, 2006, 03:05:00 PM
@Cody - Cheer up buddy bird, I'll be back in a few days.  Thmbsup

BTW, Paris had some riots while I was there.  Nothing to get excited about, they let me go smiley  The Louver is freaking huge.  I mean really stinking big.  So is the Eiffel tower, but vertically so.
Florence, Italy was nice, but the hotel was a dive.  Best Western in Europe != Good.  Lots of cool exploring to do on foot in Florence, nice little town for 2 days or so.
Venice was wet; go figure.  They've got canals for streets.  At least we didn't have to dodge scooters on the sidewalk smiley  Took a quick Gondola ride.  The guy didn't sing, or point out anything - no tip!  If you don't have a map or a guide in Venice, you're screwed!  All the buildings are tall, and the "streets" are either skinny or wet.  Not every cross-section is passable on foot!  Worth about 1.5 days of high $ exploring.

Just arrived in Milan.  Much more up to date.  Fashion district is WAY stuck up; overpriced too.

Best fun in Europe so far:  Cafe Latte in Italy and Cafe Creme in Paris.   mmmm  Good European steamed milk in European strong coffee.  Good stuff!  Thmbsup Thmbsup

Most boring in Europe: old stuff.  Buildings, statues, streets, ladies etc.  I mean once you've seen 10-20 statues, or ancient buildings, you've pretty much seen them all.

Funny to see so many "younger" things that are older than our country (being from The USA).

Updates when I'm back in town.  Wink
445  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Software Development Times on: April 04, 2006, 11:41:32 PM
I've been reading SD Times for a few years.  It usually has some very interesting articles related to Software Development... from a news perspective.  This is not Software Development Magazine.

I even like most of the ads I see in their stuff.

Anyway, you can apply for a free subscription from their website:  http://www.sdtimes.com/index.html

You can also read it online via PDF.  The online version tends to run week behind.

Enjoy!
446  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Out for a bit -- not a byte on: April 04, 2006, 08:14:21 PM
I'll be out of the country for a few days 5 -17'th and not reading DC.  ohmy

Please don't think I've gone away mad  Grin

Wait for me Cody....
447  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Language for professional, sellable software? on: April 04, 2006, 08:11:23 PM
Code Complete should be required reading for anyone who programs for more than a hobby. 

It helps overcome a lot of the d'oh issues that can arise before they are a problem.

Definate thumbs up  Thmbsup Thmbsup
448  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It won't happen for 100 years on: April 04, 2006, 07:55:45 PM
On Wednesday of this week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06 (at least for those using that date format).

OK, my wife gets a little charge everytime she sees 12:34, this ought to really do her in smiley
449  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: correleation between beard growth and unix hacker level on: April 04, 2006, 12:13:06 AM
but... I compiled my own print driver!!1!11
SWEEEEEET!   Thmbsup
450  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: correleation between beard growth and unix hacker level on: April 03, 2006, 07:12:39 PM
By that standard, I should be pretty good. (8 months razor-free...) I do run Slackware at home, does that count?
Only if you've been running it since 1995.

I got 7/10, not too bad for not knowing any of the killers smiley
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