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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patent your mom tips on: June 30, 2015, 10:19:19 PM
lol!!
mom stick is hilarious.
her tone is genius, lol!!!
at first i thought mom stick meant something else.  something QUITE else.  naughty
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 25, 2015, 03:43:24 PM
I will be shocked if these predictions come true.  That is, if SSD's have capacities like 8TB or 16TB in 2016, I will be very shocked.  I'm talking at a reasonable cost, even enterprise cost.  anywhere under $1000 will be shocking to me.  Second, I will also be shocked if enterprise level applications will forego getting SSD's to replace mechanical drives by 2016.  For example, if cloud storage providers start using SSD's like that, I will be very surprised.

Not saying it's not possible, just that a jump like that so soon would be crazy.  Have we just been sitting on the technology all this time?
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft "Hyperlapse" tech is finally available to play with on: June 18, 2015, 11:24:31 AM
That vimeo video is really incredible.  I'd be curious how difficult it was to get it to look like that, and what kind of equipment was used.  Looks amazing.

I came across this description:
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I had to import and customize the NEF files before I
equalized them with the great LR-TIMELAPSE from Gunther Wegner. (http://www.lrtimelapse.com/)
(Adobe Lightroom is necessary)
The observed jpeg had then to be droped into virtual dub and were rendered as avi.
When this was done, I had to stabilize the sequences manually frame by frame (AE motion tracker) and rendered each of them in 3 different sizes: (4928x3264 pixels, 1920x1080 pixels, 1024x768 pixels)
Last but not least the snippets were edited fitting to the beautiful title "Diving Through The Blue" by the respectable composer and musician Valentin Boomes.
from this video -
https://vimeo.com/50238512

Tbh I dont understand half of that description - but it does sound like a lot of work. Surprised the stabilizing has to be done manually. Also not sure what exactly the LR-Timelapse software does.

They seem to generally use full-frame cameras - I guess if you're going to put all that work in, you may as well start with a quality image.
boy, it really is a lot of manual work.  i think i was assuming it was more automated.   I don't know what to think now...if there is that much work required, to me it seems like regular video editing.  So now I'm underwhelmed by the hyperlapse software.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Softmaker Office 2016 released on: June 14, 2015, 10:58:31 PM
Can someone help me figure out what kind of users prefer softmaker office?  I've always wondered...those who use MS office are not really going to use it.  And those who don't want to pay seem content with using the free stuff or google docs.  So which users like softmaker?  thanks
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [Infographics] WWII deaths compared w. others on: June 14, 2015, 02:01:29 PM
it is confusing.  i don't know what the specifics are that are going on but I definitely got confused by the presentation when they started making it seem like there are almost no violent deaths now than before wwii.  so i really don't know yet where i stand on the video.

maybe their point is more to show those that are living in wealthy countries to appreciate what they have?  something like that?  but again, that is not clear.  to me, it initially felt like there just isn't as many war related deaths anymore, so i feel confused and partly misled by that.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [Infographics] WWII deaths compared w. others on: June 12, 2015, 12:28:28 PM
I like how the ending of the interactive version is ruled by your PC's clock.

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modified:

Thankfully, very few war deaths have occurred in Japan, Western Europe and North America after 1945. However, I don't like how the wartime killings (after 1945) of more than 50 million people in other areas of the world not is mentioned in this video - except "they were not rich countries", without telling how extremely many it has been.

Why did you remove the link in your original post Curt? (Was is not your source of the number of deaths?)
I was curious about your changed number - I did find this site which says 51 million war deaths between 1945 and 2000:
http://www.worldmapper.or.../display.php?selected=287

IIRC, the narrator did say that most deaths since WWII were related to conflicts within a country as opposed to between countries.
This could be taken as suggesting that the 'problem' (and presumably, the solution) belongs to those countries with the conflicts. Of course the problem belongs to people, whether the conflicts are between countries, or within countries.

To leave out the total number of deaths since WWII seems to be biased in favour of their argument that, to paraphrase, things aren't so bad. I dont know the source of their information - but did come across this page (ourworldindata.org) that seems to be making a similar argument with the data:
 (see attachment in previous post)
I think you got it...i have to go back and listen to the video closely again to see how that got around that in the part where they talk about the rich nations.  To be honest, that did strike me as an odd thing to stick in there.
I guess they want to emphasize it's not so bad if you are in a rich country.  But how about this, what if someone does the same kind of nifty animation with JUST the poor nations, with the percentages and everything since WWII.  What if it shows that things are relatively awful there?  What if you exclude the rich nations and find out that 50% of poor nation people have been killed since WWII?  Obviously not nearly as positive an attitude as what is expressed in the video.

great...i was feeling hopeful...now not so sure.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: June 12, 2015, 09:07:57 AM
lol...i like how you regret it in the beginning of the project, but you're going to do it anyway.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [Infographics] WWII deaths compared w. others on: June 12, 2015, 09:05:25 AM
I like how the ending of the interactive version is ruled by your PC's clock.

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modified:

Thankfully, very few war deaths have occurred in Japan, Western Europe and North America after 1945. However, I don't like how the wartime killings (after 1945) of more than 50 million people in other areas of the world not is mentioned in this video - except "they were not rich countries", without telling how extremely many it has been.

Because of this, I think the video is a liethumb down

good point.  I hope that wasn't deliberately avoided for some kind of reason. 
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [Infographics] WWII deaths compared w. others on: June 11, 2015, 11:38:57 AM
pretty impressive video/visualization, thanks for sharing.
makes you wonder what software they used to create it.
indeed, really well done. 
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The End of my Macbook Pro Experiment on: June 11, 2015, 11:34:13 AM
The Apple thing really is basically a political thing.  That is, the details of it aren't the issue, it's the superficial stuff that everyone is talking about.  Even the specs people throw around are superficial specs, that ultimately either don't really matter or is a purely marketing point.  These things matter to non-techies, but for power users (like most here) we don't care that much.

How... politics?  Or is that just a general term?
Yes, sorry...I meant it more for the analogy, not literally.  Maybe marketing is the better term, but to me it feels like politics.

Like when they say macs are safer than pc's...that feels like a political statement to me.  It seems to be a ridiculous statement if it is to be taken seriously.
Why are macs safer than pcs?  because it comes pre-installed with an AV program?  OK, well with a pc you just go download/install whatever av you want.  So the distinguishing factor here is what come pre-installed.  That's makes it a stupid point to make, at least with that sort of wording.  If the argument is based around what should or shouldn't be pre-installed, that's something else, and I'll argue a much more reasonable discussion.  However, the discussion is better, but still such a insignificant issue in the grand scheme of things.
SO...maybe the mac OS is inherently safer than a PC.  Well, that's not true.  Since 80% of the world is using pc's compared to macs, the real reason is that bad stuff is targeted for pc's because it will affect more people, so the bad guys feel more successful in their efforts.  It's like criminal supply/demand. 
But now that more people are using macs, well, macs are becoming less safe as more things are targeted at them, or included in their schemes.  So again, nothing to do with the actual technical stuff, just about relative number of people using them.

Macs are easier to use.  Well, again...yes it's easier to use for the typical person who is going to be limited to web browsing, emailing, phone syncing, document writing.  And why?  again, mostly because the tools are pre-installed, that's it.  Or the drivers are pre-installed, or easier to install.  Again, rather insignificant points, but big deals to people who just don't want to deal with that stuff. 
But again, macs are much more in use now than years ago.  The geeks are now using macs the way they used pc's.  In this context, they are no easier to use than a pc.  You have to get the software like a pc, install it yourself, etc.  You will still have to go into the mac file browser a lot, you have to use the command line thing a lot, etc.  No different than using a pc in hardcore fashion.
the interface...whatever.  basically the same.  windows...close/minimize buttons in the corner...shortcut bar on bottom, taskbar on bottom for windows....menus on top.  i mean, they are 90% the same thing.

Once you start using a computer beyond the standard stuff, it's all very similar.
11  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Syncovery at 50% off - BDJ on: June 11, 2015, 09:47:10 AM
Syncovery Pro is 50% off ($29.95) again at BDJ today - June 11 2015.
nice thanks, great deal.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The End of my Macbook Pro Experiment on: June 08, 2015, 09:06:10 PM
What a cool discussion!

The Apple thing really is basically a political thing.  That is, the details of it aren't the issue, it's the superficial stuff that everyone is talking about.  Even the specs people throw around are superficial specs, that ultimately either don't really matter or is a purely marketing point.  These things matter to non-techies, but for power users (like most here) we don't care that much.

You can't criticize Apple's success. All this so called BS has helped them succeed in record breaking fashion.  So there's your business 101 lesson.  When the Apple vs PC talk was really starting to get hot, I was shocked by how little my non-computer friends knew about computers, and how passionate they were about Apples.  That's when I realized that this is not about practical issues, regardless of what was being said.  They would say things like easy to use, but there are no grounds to any of it.

If a poweruser uses a Mac, it's not going to be any easier than a Windows.  And a lot of the complaints also have to do with what the Macs come pre-installed with vs. a Windows computer with nothing on it.  Or driver installation.  These are difficult things for non techies.  So that took a while for me to realize.  I realized my friend's complaint was simply avoiding having to go to the Epson website and downloading/installing a driver vs having to do that on Windows.  This is what gets called "Macs are easier to use."

But that's like a nothing issue for someone heavily involved with computers.  We don't even blink at that or think about it being easy or difficult.  That's the difference.

Now Macs are more popular and much more widely used than 10 years ago.  They are even being used in large corporations and for pretty hardcore enterprise activity.  And the truth is it's no easier than whatever they were complaining about on windows.  They still need the IT guy who knows what he's doing to fix all the problems.  What's happened is that they are being used in more powerful ways and running into the same things they were complaining about with Windows.

Just politics in the end.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: why MS Word breaks format on: June 07, 2015, 07:54:47 PM
ok guys, but the success of a program is not to spend 1 whole year to master it!!!
well, yea.  there's that too.  lol.  that would be nice.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: why MS Word breaks format on: June 07, 2015, 04:26:24 PM
"why MS Word breaks format"
http://word.mvps.org/faqs...ral/wordvswordperfect.htm
A short, clear explanation why this happens and what to do about it by John McGhie
Man, Mr. McGhie has been the goto guy for word for a loooon time now, he is the man. 
Great article, thanks.
I spent a year trying to master Word, and I'm very glad I did.  The styles thing really makes my life so much easier now.  As long as I don't have to collaborate on a document, because it makes me so angry to use Word my way and then have people directly formatting things, comment, return to me, and I have to work with that.

One thing MS never does, and I wish guys like John McGhie would push for is an improved toolset for managing styles.  The way it's done now works, but it can be so much better.  And it literally has not changed for 15 years.  It pisses me off.  I mean, all these new Office versions, new ribbon, and they never ever change the style manager tools.  The bullet and list style manager is nearly impossible to use.  There are so many traps in using styles that can really screw things up, and it is mostly just an interface issue.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 02, 2015, 01:34:06 PM
Wasn't Windows 10 supposed to be free?  lol.
16  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: import/export foobar keyboard shortcuts on: May 26, 2015, 06:51:07 PM
you guys must be right about the cfg file.  It's weird that nobody has made a keyboard plugin in all these years, and every other little thing has been made.  So there must be something just kind of impossible about it, this community is not one to let something like that go for so long.
17  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: import/export foobar keyboard shortcuts on: May 26, 2015, 12:45:35 PM
I had a play around with BeyondCompare seeing what happened when I changed shortcuts ... ugh! What a nightmare ... looks like there's a checksum near the beginning, keyboard shortcuts are near the end ...

As an example, I changed a shortcut from Control+Z to Control+Y:
 (see attachment in previous post)
I'm thinking that the 02 after the Z/Y is the key modifier (Control) but other than that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
eesh, it's like that?!  Now I know what you guys mean! 
Maybe that's why nobody has made one in all the years of foobar.
I mean, they have an SDK...does that help?
18  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: import/export foobar keyboard shortcuts on: May 26, 2015, 12:00:29 AM
I think your best bet is to try and get the author of foobar to change from using a binary format for his config files to something like XML then it would be relatively easy.
I don't think that will ever happen!  I don't know why it's like that, for a program known for it's configurability, free, etc.

I was hoping it could be done with AHK or something.  Right now, the only way to do it is seriously manual.  One by one.
foobar has plugins or "components"...I was wondering if it could be done that way too.
19  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: import/export foobar keyboard shortcuts on: May 25, 2015, 02:12:29 PM
bump... $100 ?
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Antivirus: Quick Thoughts 2015 on: May 21, 2015, 11:24:33 AM
mouser was actually unhappy with ESET Nod32 and moved eventually - but I think the problem was the firewall in the full suite:
http://www.donationcoder....37239.msg349255#msg349255
thanks...i remember that thread.  So last year, mouser switched to AVG.  Mouser, how's that going after a year?  Still good?  I may consider AVG, I suppose.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 8GB I7 256GB SSD on: May 21, 2015, 11:18:08 AM
Has anyone used one of these for any length of time?  I am looking for honest opinions and not marketing glib. 

Already had to get them like it or not but wondered if I should expect any issues with overheating due to size and such.  I was kind of surprised to see that they come with tiny cooling fans (of some kind) in a true tablet form factor.  Don't know why MS didn't bother to make the keyboard (Type-cover) out of a Lithium Polymer so it could serve as an additional battery source.
As a side question, I need  to locate two fire-engine red "sleeves".  I searched Amazon and found quite a few but can't "road test" them all.  In this case, the users want light-weight more than "protection" from damage as the are "upper management" and live out of airports (more or less) spending more time in the air than on the ground.

The red color to match the Type-cover is probably just as important, it has to be a close match.  And needs to be more of a velvet pouch from what I can get out of the people they were purchased for.  Sad   Cry  This is the where the world of tech has gone..   Fashion sense matters most now  Cool  tellme

Opinions of what to expect would be appreciated as I will be the one who has to keep them running with remote support if they choke-up 1000 miles from home.   I just hope someone here has had one for a while.

Mfr websites to this day still post intelligent things like "In case of system lock-up to first remove the battery ..." huh!!  I have seen this advice posted on almost every site from HP to Toshiba even though they know the battery in those ultra-books can't be accessed without  a can-opener!


you should search in the forum for my sp3 threads.
tldr...i love the sp3, despite the high price.  I don't think there's anything like it...so small, and full desktop power
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Antivirus: Quick Thoughts 2015 on: May 20, 2015, 04:40:39 PM
This is not going to be in depth at all, but I thought it would be of interest here, since we always talk about AV programs.

I recently have decided to change my AV software.  I just started using ESET NOD32 (AV only) yesterday, and I think that's the one I prefer, let me explain.

I used to use Kaspersky, like a decade ago.  It was good, but then it started slowing down and being "unresponsive".  Like, I'd click on buttons like update, or other ones (don't remember), and nothing would happen, or it would take many seconds.  it was pretty annoying, I hate that.  So it was a performance issue, it seemed to be slowing down enough to bother me.
That's when MSE was getting a lot of publicity.  I tried it...it was free, fast, not bad.  So I kept that for a few years until last year.

I got annoyed by the lack of options in MSE, like being able to exclude files and folders with an interface that I liked.  So I started looking at the options again.  I tried Bitdefender.  It was good, very simple and pretty fast.  I used it for a while, but then the exclusion interface also started bugging me.  I just don't like it.  I also don't like how overly simple it is, almost the same complaint as MSE.
Then I tried Kaspersky again, after a few years.  Well, it has also suffered from interface annoying things.  Whereas before, all the options were in a nice simple tree, etc. now they are all over the place.  Like ribbon interfaces, you have to click around to find what you want, very annoying.  But it is loaded with features, pretty fast I guess.  But the interface was bugging me.

So I tried mouser's favorite, NOD32.  I like it!  The first thing I noticed was all the options are in a nice dialog with a tree interface.  None of this modern, weird, uber simple stuff. 

So that's it.  ESET has hit the sweet spot.  Hopefully it's not too slow or something. 
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Batch PDF printing on: May 18, 2015, 11:44:43 AM
Maybe you can try this...
find a pdf printer software that has command line functions.
use mouser's drag and drop robot software to manage the command line stuff.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft "Hyperlapse" tech is finally available to play with on: May 18, 2015, 09:22:41 AM
That vimeo video is really incredible.  I'd be curious how difficult it was to get it to look like that, and what kind of equipment was used.  Looks amazing.
25  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Judy's TenKey (10Key) award-winning calculator on: May 11, 2015, 09:56:27 PM
Not nearly as powerful or fancy as the others, but has the benefit of being always available if you already use FARR.
I need it to be fancy.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqQvEcc3y1U" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqQvEcc3y1U</a>
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