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101  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: New (3/31/05) preview pictures of new ProcessTamer GUI on: December 03, 2014, 10:05:05 AM
Maybe this thread should be flagged as "CLOSED"? Or is it not yet in fact a closed issue?
ah...no big deal.  It was a fun resurrection.
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Mischief 2.0: very promising drawing software ($25 !!) on: December 03, 2014, 09:51:12 AM
https://www.madewithmischief.com/mischief

There's this new player in the art software category.  I just installed it, it is really amazing.  It's fast, as in drawing the strokes on a tablet with a stylus is much more responsive with this program vs. photoshop, clip studio (which is what I currently use).  And it has this "infinite zoom" feature, which is essentially vector graphics for a program like photoshop.  So it combines features of Illustrator, photoshop into one program, which is what the clip studio tries to do a little also.  What makes mischief stand out is the touch-friendly interface...very simple layout (you don't have to hide/unhide the sidebars all the time, or get those artdocks), and it supports multi-touch gestures.

I really like the idea of zooming in and out and not getting any pixelation.  Also, a unique feature...the brush size doesn't get smaller/larger as you zoom out or in.  it stays the same size.  Why is that cool?  Let's say I drew a tiny tiny circle...now I can zoom way into the circle and draw yet another tiny circle inside it without changing the brush size and the thicknesses are relative to the zoom.
103  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: New (3/31/05) preview pictures of new ProcessTamer GUI on: December 02, 2014, 06:11:26 PM
These last two post might constitute the hardest bump in Doco history.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A stoned guy renamed some of his favorite items while high... on: December 02, 2014, 05:51:01 PM
You may be too stoned if...

You know someone is tripping if...

They encounter a table and chair.  There's about a one foot gap between them.  They stop to decide should they:

a) try to walk through the gap without moving either
b) move the chair to make more space and walk through the larger gap
c) walk around the chair
d) ask a friend what to do
cheesy
I do that when I'm being sober and over-analytical!!
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 02, 2014, 05:32:26 PM
i wish I had more videos of my performances, but I was just watching this and it's basically exactly what I wish i could play like.  Dave Mckenna is a new discovery for me and has blown me away.  I have always wanted such a balance of virtuosity, accessibility, and rhythm.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-6QH3d-nts" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-6QH3d-nts</a>
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 02, 2014, 03:04:04 PM
Looping has come so far it's almost it's own musical idiom and discipline these days. I have a huge amount of admiration for people who have mastered samples and looping for live performance. Tom Dolby does it brilliantly. I have zero interest in doing it myself. But I love seeing other people who do it well. A lot of one-person street performers are into it big time.

I've even seen a few one man shows where the performer was also controlling an entire multimedia environment along with the music in a manner far beyond that of the average DJ. Cool stuff. Again, not something I personally want to do. But I respect people who are trying to push the envelope and technology as far as possible.

 Thmbsup
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNIQrIXlrNw
Wow!  That is very impressive, (Dolby). 

The other reason why I like this tech is because it's like a shortcut for writing music.  Writing notes on ledger is great practice, but extremely time consuming.  Entering it midi into something like finale is also time consuming.  Now, I can basically record all the parts and that's my "written" music.  I can take that to a studio and say "play this" to the musicians instead of giving them paper.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 02, 2014, 11:08:06 AM
Anyone seen or been a part of any nifty one-man musical shows involving good use of portable technology?  It's always something on my mind as I get busier and forming/practicing with groups becomes more difficult.  The solid state drives have really improved the ability to play sampled instruments, which is very handy, and they have made live music much easier in general.

I remember the 80s and the roland drum machine one man shows.  Now, we can have better sounding loops and stuff, but also better abilities to improvise the loops on the fly.  Some useful software for this I've been meaning to toy with:
Ableton live (apparently, this is good for looped stuff or live playback)
Cantabile (I really have my eye on this one, since I use a lot of VSTs and samples.  You can create set lists and the interface is built for what I'm describing).  I've personally never seen it used myself, or anything like it, but there are many people using this out there.

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oh! you know what would probably work?  Using a wireless playstation controller (DS4) and being able to control a live situation with it.  I've already used it for emulators, and it works very well.  I once was looking for a midi controller to do this sort of thing, but what i really need is a bunch of buttons and mouse stuff that can be assigned keyboard shortcuts, I don't need midi things.  Using midi and configuring it to do non-musical things on the computer is a huge pain.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi project: wireless file server on: December 02, 2014, 09:45:59 AM
holy hell, check this thing out!  $140
http://www.solid-run.com/product/cubox-i4pro/
[attach=1]
If that thing can run on a battery, that would be very interesting!
wifi built in!
sdcard
2GB RAM

Give me a distro to load on this baby!  A battery pack...tie it together with a live strong band.  oh yea.
as stu lantz says...."Noiiiice!"
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Raspberry Pi project: wireless file server on: December 02, 2014, 09:33:40 AM
I would drool at the idea of a raspberry pi sized wireless file server.  Something portable (battery capable) that you can maybe toss into your backpack and grab and send files from.  It doesn't have to stream, but simply browse through the folders and read/write stuff back and forth, maybe with a syncing program even.  I wonder what it would take.  My list so far:
raspberry pi
some kind of distro with a gui, but still lightweight enough for rpi
a wifi usb adapter (there's a popular model rpi users use i believe)
a batter of some sort, i'm guessing one of those smartphone sized usb battery packs

bam!  let's get this show on the road!
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do any wifi-DIRECT adapters actually exist? on: December 01, 2014, 05:19:18 PM
OK, good info here.  but I have a couple of fundamental questions:
--Is wifi direct dead? Is development accelerating/decelerating? (I feel accelerating only because it's supposedly being used in the xbox one.  But since miracast has turned out to be so lame, that could indicate it's decelerating.)
--Is there anything similar to wifi direct, but called something else?
--basically, I want to buy a diy chip and do stuff with it.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My 1-year Facebook Death-a-versary!!! on: December 01, 2014, 05:10:16 PM
I admire those who are not on facebook. 

Don't. I'm not.  Wink Grin
ha!  very funny.  cheesy

A few years ago, I almost pulled the plug when their privacy/security options got so bizarrely weird.  I got so pissed at how hard it was to hide or display specific things.  It felt like when you ask a politician a question and he starts filibustering. 
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: December 01, 2014, 04:41:14 PM
Just out of curiosity, are you using only a few test contacts? Or did you toss the entire phone book at it out of the gate? It's possible a corrupt entry - or the massive size of you legendary contacts list - may be causing the issue.
Good question.  I definitely have had issues with corrupt cards, but I have and am able to fix them with various tools now.  But that's not the problem, I'm almost sure of it.  It's the mysql, or apache issue (or something along those lines).

4wd!  Thanks for that advice.  I will try this tonight.  It looks very similar to AMPSS, which initially worked, but then had apache/mysql issues that couldn't be fixed.

I am also going to try the apple contacts server implementation, which may work.  The apple route has worked previously when I was struggling with not losing the contact photos of my addressbooks.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My 1-year Facebook Death-a-versary!!! on: December 01, 2014, 10:53:25 AM
I admire those who are not on facebook.  It's something I want to do, but certain friends of mine were kind of offended when I said I'd remove myself because they use it to keep in touch with me and it's more convenient this way (they have somewhat hectic situations).  So for that reason, I am staying on.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: November 30, 2014, 10:15:57 PM
I think I'm starting to understand the issue.  Check out this thread, which is my problem exactly:
http://forum.owncloud.org...opic.php?f=26&t=18623

the final response:
Quote
Hi,

i don't think that any user in here can fix/solve this underlaying issue.
Call me a conspiracist, but I believe the problem may be that this is intentionally done to have users pay for the enterprise version of owncloud.  In the enterprise version they say:
Quote
This appliance is a fully prepared OVA file containing the ownCloud 7.0 Enterprise Edition virtual image, and the additional software you need to get you up and running on ownCloud in minutes – including ownCloud 7 Enterprise Edition, Apache2, PHP and MySQL. Get started in no time providing a complete ownCloud environment, fully setup and ready to go!
The bolded is exactly my problem.  i thought the bitnami download would have taken care of that, but it seems not.  I have no idea how to fix this, I just want owncloud working on my local intranet, nothing else is needed.  i thought the mysql and apache bit would have been included with bitnami, but perhaps not.  The response above is vague enough where it seems there is something like this going on.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: November 30, 2014, 10:02:34 PM
OK, so I'm back to trying this out.  This time I used the owncloud-bitnami pre-packaged vmware file.  So I'm no longer installing it myself on a windows OS, I'm just launching that bitnami server directly.

i still can't get the freaking contacts part of owncloud to work, and it's the only part i'm interested in!  Argh.  If I go to contacts, it says "Server error! Please inform your administrator".  I have no idea what to do.  I had this problem on the windows setup earlier, and I had to do some things with webdav and mysql.  It worked for like a few minutes, then AMPSS stopped being able to start mysql, which is why I'm giving this bitnami a try.  But same issue.

I can't believe how many hours I've spent trying to get control over contact syncing in recent months.  Every single solution for trying to keep your contacts in your control (not on someone's cloud) has proved to be an immense pain in the butt.
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 23, 2014, 08:17:33 PM
I don't know where the notion of 'piracy' leaves off and 'entitlement' begins.

I decided it was better for my inner self if I just didn't go there.

  • If I want something, or use something, I'll buy it.  Always.
  • I'll always prefer to sample or trial some things first. But if that's not possible, the burden of my satisfaction rests entirely on the shoulders of the seller.
  • If I don't like it - or feel it was misrepresented by the seller - I'll return it and ask for my money back.
  • If I can't have a refund, the person I paid is welcome to what they got. It's the last they'll ever get from me - and I'll  bad mouth them to everyone I know plus anybody else who will listen.
  • Conversely, if I do like what I get (and the way I was treated) I'll freely recommend them and their product(s) whenever asked, or when it's otherwise appropriate.

I make it a point to always act in good faith. And I make a far better friend and admirer than I do an adversary.

I think the same can be said of most of us here at DoCo.

Wise businesses know that.
Very nicely said.  clipped.
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 21, 2014, 05:18:11 PM
cheesy Grin...I'm dying here at the superhero ones.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outline 4D >>50% off sale<< (only $50) on: November 21, 2014, 01:13:30 PM
Man, I've been able to use Outline 4D in "production" now for a bit...I am loving it, holy cow!  I'm using it as my basic project manager, and it's working out perfectly.

Are you referring to the outline view or the timeline view (or both)?
Good question, for this discussion I'm referring to the outline view.  I haven't used the timeline view yet for real life situations.  I toyed with it with example items, and it will eventually be useful for me also. I just didn't expect the outliner to be so effective with me.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: windows services manager. such a thing? on: November 21, 2014, 11:01:07 AM
Is there anything that will quickly allow me to toggle a bunch of services on and off?  For example, if I want to do a lot of photoshopping, I want to disable a bunch of unecessary services to speed things up.  Then I want to reenable them again once I'm done.  is there anything where I can make a few profiles or something and toggle them?

So, you can do this with a couple of batch files and the "net stop <service name>" and "net start <service name>" commands.  However, you have perfect timing.  If you can wait until next month, this is what I'm working on for NANY this year:
 (see attachment in previous post)
It's called Splat (Simple Profile Launcher Application Tool) and will allow you to build profiles that allow you create list of applications and services to start/close/kill.  You can insert delays based on number of seconds or cpu usage threshold.  Also, you can assign each profile a hotkey as well as use one hotkey to execute multiple profiles.  It's sort of like a GUI version of App's Lacuna Launcher.
I can wait!  Glad you're on it!
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / windows services manager. such a thing? on: November 20, 2014, 12:22:03 PM
Is there anything that will quickly allow me to toggle a bunch of services on and off?  For example, if I want to do a lot of photoshopping, I want to disable a bunch of unecessary services to speed things up.  Then I want to reenable them again once I'm done.  is there anything where I can make a few profiles or something and toggle them?
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outline 4D >>50% off sale<< (only $50) on: November 19, 2014, 04:27:15 PM
Man, I've been able to use Outline 4D in "production" now for a bit...I am loving it, holy cow!  I'm using it as my basic project manager, and it's working out perfectly.  I'm very amazed actually...all those outliners, PM tools, etc., I've tried (and lord knows I've tried them all) and this is the one that is hyper-intuitive for me.

You know what the secret to me is?  I think it's the fact that I can print it and it basically looks just like what I'm doing on the screen.  That's been a HUGE complaint of mine over the years as I've tried project management tools.  They look great on the screen, but printing or exporting is a huge pain and the end product I ended up taking to meetings and such looked awful compared to the meticulous effort I spent organizing the items and making them look good.  And it's an excellent outliner to boot.  Fantastic tool.  This and Scapple have blown me away this year as far as actual productivity goes.  Maybe I just think like a writer or something...they're both meant for screenwriting, lol!   I've never written anything!!  Just goes to show...something, I don't know.  Grin
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Still weird: The mouse is more accurate than a finger on: November 19, 2014, 09:41:41 AM
good points.
The more I think about it, the more impressed I am by the mouse.  Tough to say, but it's one of very few inventions that was basically perfect right from the start, what, over 50 years ago?  Pretty amazing feat.

i really have no idea what the next input device breakthrough will be, especially in relation to touchscreens.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / eesh: picture definitely doesn't go with the article on: November 19, 2014, 09:37:29 AM
from here:
http://www.usatoday.com/s...air-salon-death/19266143/

the photo:
[attach=1]

124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Still weird: The mouse is more accurate than a finger on: November 18, 2014, 05:59:16 PM
I still find it weird that the mouse is still more accurate to use than a finger.  I've been using a touchscreen for a while now, and it's not even close.  Touching the screen with a finger should be intuitively more better...I mean, you're just touching the actual thing you want to touch.  Yet doing it with the mouse is far easier, faster, accurate.  Is it because of the finger-pad being too big?  Would it be different if my finger ended in a needle-tip?  I don't think so.

It seems to be one of the main things holding back touch screens.  What is going to be the breakthrough here?  I can't even guess.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: NEMO UX - the shape of the desktop to come? on: November 18, 2014, 05:48:34 PM
gah!!  mmph...gaga!!
OK, I want all those slick touch toolbars.  Get them to me now!!
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