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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RightNote Revisited / Review (in lieu of a RN forum) on: May 13, 2014, 10:17:06 AM
Well, you just might be as crazy as I am.  Not quite there yet, but close.  Grin
127  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: TextAdept: Lua-extensible Editor on: May 11, 2014, 11:52:37 PM
no...more...text....editors...i can't take it anymore.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Recommend Debian based image for VMWare Player on W8? on: May 11, 2014, 11:45:00 PM
The Mint is still pretty sluggish.

That's likely because of the virtualization. That's why I think it's better to just run Linux live and off a USB key if you're not gonna install it for real. VMs are ok for occasional use. But for any sort of real day to day productivity, unless your machine has serious kahunas, the results are often disappointing running virtual under a Type-2 hypervisor (i.e. OS-level rather than baremetal) - which to me is more a glorified sandbox than a true virtual environment. (That's purely my opinion BTW. There are many who will strongly disagree with me on that point.  Grin)

But FWIW, I've got Mint 16 installed baremetal on a couple of older Core 2 Duo laptops with 4Gb RAM (and those slow laptop drives) and the response is very crisp. On my i5-powered box with 8Gb RAM, Mint flies.

I have Mint on an old laptop ~2008 that is not very powerful at all, and Mint is very fast.  I also use virtual machine linux installations, i've tried a whole bunch.  VMs are always more sluggish, no matter what.  I use it like 40 says, as a sandbox to try stuff.  I have never done anything serious with VMs.  There's a great jazz sheet music app that is only available on Mac, and i use the VM for that.  Cool
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: May 10, 2014, 03:01:33 PM
  • Website Watcher
  • TheBat
  • VmWare
  • My own apps smiley

I used to use TheBat ages ago. It was ok. But I never developed the degree of reverence some users seem to have for it. Has it since gotten that much better than all the other email clients out there? huh
What other email clients?  That's the question.  There aren't many good options.  The Bat has LOTS of minor issues, but no real major ones.  Most of my complaints are interface related or "nothing written about THAT!" related.  It's hard to figure out how to do anything fancy because there's no updated manual or forum where you can search and find answers.  it has a stupid old listserv where most of the activity occurs, and the crowd there is of a very *particular* sort...i.e old school.

Anyway, I've never found a good client option.  I hate Outlook.  i don't much like thunderbird. What else is there?  the other options seem to either be really old and unsupported or too new and overly simple.
130  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: May 09, 2014, 04:41:10 PM
I don't know why, but I really enjoy reading about why people choose the text editors they use.

I think it has partly to do with the fact that it's just a text editor, lol.  It's supposed to be this very plain thing, yet there are so many complex options and features, etc. to consider and we get all passionate about them.  Same goes for other software, I suppose, but I really have fun with the text editors.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: May 09, 2014, 03:40:01 PM
@tomos - Nice! Some older influences to be sure. And all the better for it I think. Refreshingly honest and real performance for a change. (No twerking dancers or other distractions either!)  Thmbsup Thmbsup

Yeah, the only distraction was the big screen slide-show. That was there because it was a tribute concert (to the guy who was the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival; I used always think that was somewhere in French speaking Canada - seems it's in French speaking Switzerland embarassed)

I think it might be Superboyac's cup of tea as well.
Looking forward to getting my live CD anyways smiley
It totally is!  As soon as I heard the groove and the organ...I'm like, oh yea!  The guy is fantastic, I'm buying this live album for sure.  I'm actually in the middle of arranging a song with pretty much the same instrumentation and style.
132  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PhraseExpander Giveaway (59$ value) today only on: May 06, 2014, 04:16:47 PM
When living in the Netherlands I did have a bank card and that I used a lot, because it felt much more secure than a credit card. Just saying, it's not that I have too much against 'plastic', I just don't like credit cards.

Makes two of us.

Interesting that there's such a demarcation between credit and debit (i.e. bank) cards in Paraguay. Over here they're virtually interchangeable. Especially now that the transactions go through in near real time. Far from not liking debit cards, many merchants here prefer them. They pay a fee just like they do to process a credit card transaction. But the funds clear into their checking account almost immediately if the customer has sufficient funds and enters a PIN number at the time of purchase. Transactions going through the credit card process can take up to three days to appear in the merchant's account. Credit card transactions are also much easier to get reversed, so there's a greater risk to the seller if a customer decides to play games.

FWIW, I have a small checking account linked to my main account. It has it's own debit card. Anytime I want to make a purchase (especially online or via phone call), I'll transfer sufficient funds out of my main account into this account (easily done online or by old-fashioned voice phone keypad) and use its debit card to make the purchase. Unless I'm about to buy or order something, the balance in this account is kept very low. This way, even if the account becomes compromised because some seller got careless (or I did) I'm only at risk for the small 'idle' balance in the account. My main checking account remains as "anonymous" and "safe" as these things can be. (Which may not be all that much, but every little bit of extra security counts.)

And if my "for purchases" account ever does get hit, I can just close it, open a new one with it's own debit card, and be on my merry way.

One nice side effect: Because I have to transfer money onto this account to use the debit card, it greatly cuts down on impulse purchases. Sometimes that extra step makes me think twice and decide I really don't need to buy it after all. That can hardly be a bad thing. mrgreen
clipped and saved.  dammit 40, i need to make a new category for your stuff in my notetakers.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kickstarter project hit by consumer protection complaint for failure to deliver on: May 06, 2014, 03:51:15 PM
(Note: Being a playing and tarot card collector myself, I also think "collector's disappointment" is driving a lot of this. The concept for the deck was brilliant and highly original. And the artwork was drop-dead gorgeous. This deck could easily have become a much sought after "investment grade" collector's deck.)
they do look great.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Anyone here from Italy? PM me. on: April 26, 2014, 10:59:56 PM
That's all.  As the title says. smiley
135  News and Reviews / Best E-mail Client / Re: E-mail client recommendations on: April 24, 2014, 06:09:56 PM
I've been happily using TheBat for over a decade (there is a discount on the forum for those interested).

I have about 800,000 emails stored in it.
dayam! power user!
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Net Neutrality news from FCC today (4/24/2014). What do you guys make of it? on: April 24, 2014, 04:22:04 PM

I'm not sure what to think of this.  I don't particularly like it mainly because I'm operating from a "if it ain't broke" perspective.  I love the way the internet has been the past 15 years.

What exactly is this "fixing"?  What was the problem?
what part of the net is not neutral already?
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ImgBurn - full of OpenCandy and other crap on: April 24, 2014, 01:52:00 PM
hmmm...first cdburnerxp and now imgburn too?  what's the deal?
138  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: ODROID-U3 Community Edition at a special price - $59 plus shipping on: April 23, 2014, 10:29:43 PM
oh baby, this is sexy.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Once again, magically expensive items are only different in your mind on: April 22, 2014, 08:07:42 PM
I'm a wannabe audiophile. And I think a lot of it is a kind of OCD; we want it to be perfect, and if we believe it IS perfect, then we can relax and enjoy it more.
I'm suspicious of 'premium' sound systems enhancing the bass to give an extra depth which makes the speakers sound better on first listen but is actually not an accurate reproduction. One reason why I hate trying to judge speakers straight up. It might sound better now, but is it genuine?

I've heard that CDs are purposely flattened so they don't clip on low to medium speakers so it sounds better on average speakers.
People who work in professional studios tell me that the final mix sounds a lot better before it's turned into CD format but I haven't gotten to confirm this.

Also I listen to the start of Alison Krauss's New Favourite to quickly judge a new sound system on how it holds bass. That song is much harder on speakers than dance music.

You touch on a lot of things I enjoy thinking about. Audiophiles in my experience tend to listen at music, music lovers listen to music. A music lover can get lost listening to the most crackly, fuzzy sounding 78 (old time vinyl for anyone who doesn't recognize that) if the performance is good, whereas many audiophiles will run from the sound. In addition, I've always wondered at audiophile mentality where someone spends tens of thousands of dollars on gear to reproduce music when it was originally recorded on a mixing board utilizing $.29 cent patch connector wires from Radio Shack! An attorney friend of mine who paid $40,000 for a pair of speakers in the early 1990s keeps one of those wires on his desk to remind himself of how his hobby cost him more than it probably should have. And he still owns the speakers which are taller than he is and are kept in a tuned listening room.

It is true that mastering engineers master to the medium - something mastered for radio will sound different than something mastered for mp3 players, and something mastered for CD will sound different yet. But most of us save audio files in digital format. Some use FLAC, I prefer wav as do all of the engineers I work with. There is a reason programs like ExactAudioCopy use wav as the default copying format.

It is also true that what we hear in the studio doesn't sound the same as the finished product, but there are many reasons for that. In our studio we prefer to record to tape then transfer to the computer for editing. There is huge debate over whether analog is better than digital, and I work in both, but I can affirm that after listening to music for 4-5 hours, something that was tracked digitally exhausts me whereas something tracked to tape doesn't fatigue me at all. I also get to listen to first generation sound, meaning it has only passed through recording devices on the way in, and playback devices on the way out, one time. No audiophile has ever heard anything sound as good through their ridiculously expensive systems. But you can only do so much with first generation sound - as soon as you add a second/third/fourth instrument or voice you have to start creating space to hear it, which requires adding eq, delay, panning, reverb, whatever it takes. That first generation sound fast becomes a squashed, artificial sound when individual instruments/voices are lifted from the mix and listened to solo.

There really is no right answer to all of this, except that if you like it it is right for you. I'm a music lover so I don't get caught up in how it sounds as much as I do the quality of the performance when I'm listening privately, but I do my best to make it sound exactly as you want it to sound because I'm delivering a service.

I thoroughly enjoyed this post!  more more!  beerchug
why do you prefer listening to wav over flac?  i don't get that.  unless you mean to work with, then i get it.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: video hosting performance: local vs youtube/vimeo/etc. on: April 21, 2014, 12:44:25 PM
The local one paused to buffer a lot for me too -- of course that is not because it's local per se -- but rather a reflection of the local server's performance weaknesses and the bandwidth limits of its location.
How can I make it faster?  other than getting a private server option, that is, which is way more expensive.  shouldn't i have enough bandwidth to play smoothly once in a while?  I've never had good performance on videos i've locally hosted...and i've tried at least 3 different web hosts.
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: video hosting performance: local vs youtube/vimeo/etc. on: April 21, 2014, 12:01:58 PM
locally hosted:


Do you guys notice a difference?  I do.  vimeo plays perfectly.  the locally hosted one sometimes flickers a lot, sometimes pauses to buffer, sometimes you need to press play multiple times.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / video hosting performance: local vs youtube/vimeo/etc. on: April 18, 2014, 04:23:37 PM
There are certain educational video clips i want to organize and put together in a website (wordpress).  Youtube is difficult because their contentid is so aggressive and most anything gets taken down.  Is there another host with a less aggressive system?

Also, how come locally hosted videos have such poor performance compared to the youtubes and such?  can it be fixed?  that is, is it possible for a locally hosted video to playback on a browser or mobile without too much headache?  every time i try, there are always problems...it won't start, you have to press play like 5 times, buffering is super slow or nonexistent.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Skype and Webcam: HD or not? on: April 18, 2014, 01:58:36 PM
i have the logitech 1080p webcam.  I've used it with skype and have not really experienced any problems.  the other end of skype always tells me how crisp my video is, so people love seeing you in HD.  obviously, the encoding is happening onboard, so i've never noticed any performance hit on my pc.  the HD quality is good for a webcam, but nothing special...similar to an above average smartphone camera.

i have no real complaints.  i want to say these bandwidth issues are not even worth considering, I'd just go with the higher resolution camera.
144  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: April 17, 2014, 04:20:26 PM
@Wraith- is "moleware" a word?  huh

I think I'll just stick with Sublime. Kiss Especially since I already paid for it.  Grin

Funny thing about Atom. From the way the website is talking about it, it almost seems like they're reinventing that other "everything editor" (EMACS) - except this time with a more "modern" interface.
Sublime won me over as well.  That preview margin is just too cool.  I don't know if it is terribly practical for me, but I can't live without it any more!
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 09, 2014, 05:18:36 PM
WinXP, the most successful OS of all time.  True?
To my mind, Windows XP's importance in history is on the level of the light bulb.
146  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Logitech Revolution MX Mouse - Spring Cleaning on: April 08, 2014, 09:23:22 PM
oooo...you got the newer MX.  Nice.  I've been wanting one. 
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dead Hot Chicks Boost Weather Ratings? on: April 07, 2014, 07:32:28 PM
Eagles Video - Dirty Laundry (click settings and switch to 1080p)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzT10MSgKtU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzT10MSgKtU</a>

I'll be singin this all day now.   SadGrin
Damn, that is a tight groove.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dead Hot Chicks Boost Weather Ratings? on: April 06, 2014, 08:46:47 PM
Pretty tasteless if you ask me.

But then again, isn't that The American Way? undecided
er...the title should read:
Dead Hot Chicks Boost <insert anything> Ratings!!
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Micro-review: Scapple on: April 05, 2014, 04:29:50 PM
I'm telling you, I f---ing love this program.

Agree. Thmbsup  I just bought a copy last night. Didn't even wait for my trial to expire.

That's not something I'll do all that often. smiley
haha...same here!  I held out for like 5 days.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Micro-review: Scapple on: April 05, 2014, 03:44:38 PM
I've established a new semi-rule (is that a word) for myself. Unless something I'm already using isn't working; or I need some capability not being addressed by tools I already have - it's no new writing/ideation software until I complete at least one project I'm already working on.
This is something I am learning from guys like you as well.  As I mentioned, my search for tools like these led me at one point to doing it in Autocad.  Which only works for me because I am a total expert at it, not because it's a good way to do it.  But even then, it was still a bit de-spiring lol.  Like, the inspiration will hit, you try to go record it on the computer...and the tools destroy the inspiration (Visio, Personal Brain). Well, that's no good  tongue!

Scapple b--ches!!  lol.

Brain RAM full-->Scapple (snapshot of RAM recorded)-->Flush RAM-->All information recorded, nothing was lost, Brain RAM free for new ideas.  Minimal stress/pain/time. 
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