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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: South Park moves behind Hulu paywall starting Sept 24, 2014 on: July 13, 2014, 09:40:03 PM
Wow, very interesting.  I should be following these kinds of current events since I'm interested in learning this business.

I always thought it was amazing that SP offered their library for free on their website.  other shows, like late night, do it as well, but not the entire library like SP did.  I wonder what all this sort of thing is really leading up to, and I hope it's not as bad as it seems.
27  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: NoteFrog lifetime license $9.95 - but no new licenses ever after?? on: July 11, 2014, 08:20:04 PM
posted my reply on the crosspost: http://www.donationcoder....29431.msg359252#msg359252 

Not sure if it's better to keep conversation here or there (hence why I hate crossposts)
That's what I was thinking (reading wraith's post).  it makes sense to me.  They're not making much money on this thing, but they use it themselves and they'll probably just fix bugs that users find from now on.

It's such a competitive field, there are soooooo many clipboard managers.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Picture of photosynthesis in action. Where is the picture?! on: July 11, 2014, 12:24:37 PM
So I get all excited about this news of the first pictures of photosynthesis in action:
Quote
The researchers report the first direct visualization of a crucial event in the photosynthetic reaction, namely the step in which a specific protein complex, photosystem II, splits water into hydrogen and oxygen using energy provided by light.
ok....so where is the picture?  May I please see it?  gd.
I searched and searched.  Big teases.  Can I please see the freaking picture.  I'm less interested in the words about the picture, I just want the picture.  Thank you.


[edit]
Oh I forgot, you have to pay for it.  Nature magazine.
http://www.nature.com/nat...l/nature13453.html#access
I can't tell if it's in the magazine or just online?
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: July 09, 2014, 04:57:21 PM
I'm in 2 minds about this upgrade. It's hard to see what killer improvement is there, especially when it costs AUS$50 for the upgrade.

I was wondering about the same thing. I'm having a hard time finding the killer feature for me. I consider myself a basic user of Dopus (I don't even customise it myself, just use Andy's setup), but the new features seem to be targeting the super-sophisticated user that can write their own scripts and customise the hell out of the interface.
omg...this Andy guy (the dearopus) is awesome!  His customized setup is beautiful.

I love this freaking dopus program.  Sadly (or not?) I spend more active time with Dopus than any other thing or person in my life.

So I followed Andy's instructions and used a lot of his customizations.  I also added some flat icons I found for the default stuff from the dopus forums.  I have my own custom status bar.  It's basically Dopus pron.

30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 09, 2014, 11:47:49 AM
After considering the new Surface Pro 3, I am intrigued by these tablets now.  Can we have a discussion about our experiences with windows tablets?  I'll start....

No RT nonsense; the full Windows package.
My female cousin has an original surface pro, I picked her brain about it.  She's not a techie at all.  She loves the thing.  For school, she says it's so much better than android tablets, ipads, etc.  Like by a longshot.  I played around with it, did some of the things she likes, and I gotta say, it's pretty nice.  The complaints in the press sound really weird after my experience.  The complaints don't make sense.  The tablet is fast, runs all windows programs, has a decent enough pen input where I'm not bothered much at all (I haven't tried Photoshop though).  Feels better than the Samsung pen input.  The only pen experience I've had personally that I like better is my actual wacom tablet.

With that big screen on the new Surface Pro, I am drooling about using it to read my books and digital magazines.  Being able to clip stuff like a windows computer, pictures, cropping, file management without any tortured procedures like in android/ios.  God I love having a fully featured file manager.
I'm excited about being able to sketch on it.  I'm excited about sharing files and windows programs with it.  I'm excited about some nifty things I may be able to do with music applications...remote midi control?  i dunno.

I mean, for us Windows power users, haven't we been waiting for something like this forever?! 
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol has a new developer on: July 02, 2014, 11:33:15 PM
The announcement is nice.  I take back what I said.  Thmbsup
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Freedom Summer on: July 02, 2014, 06:20:09 PM
geez.  one one hand, i want to say i shouldn't complain about current stuff.  on the other hand, yes i should.  Sad
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol has a new developer on: July 01, 2014, 06:20:31 PM
It's over most likely.  Guys like BillP are normally not replaceable.  Who knows?
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: June 30, 2014, 10:43:45 PM
Is that bad?  lol.  I don't know!

Well, I'll explain...i was only running apache initially, but it wouldn't work outside the vm.  then i read i need to enable iis for owncloud in windows, so i did.  Then it worked outside the vm, but with that error.  Also, on my android phone, i can use owncloud outside the vm with no errors!  i don't get it.

i guess i can forget the vm and just try owncloud on my main machine with ampps.  without iis i suppose.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: June 30, 2014, 09:41:16 PM
OK, I don't know much about this stuff.  I'm testing out owncloud on vmware as a contacts/calendar syncing solution.

host machine: win7 x64
vmware machine: win7 x64, network is bridged
owncloud v6, installed in AMPPS
IIS is enabled on the virtual machine
AMPPS Apache had a conflict with port 80, so IIS is enabled on port 8080

everything works fine in the virtual machine.  On the host machine, i can login to owncloud, but the contacts gives an error "failed loading groups" and basically doesn't work, contacts don't show up and it hangs.

It's not clear to me from google searches what the issue or resolution is, so I'm turning to you guys here.
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 26, 2014, 06:02:32 PM
 tongue 40, you're cracking me up here.
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Soccer World Cup 2014 on: June 25, 2014, 12:37:48 PM
Much as I've tried, I just can't get into soccer.

Or watching any sporting event on TV for that matter.

Wish I could sometimes. But there you have it.

Anybody else have this same problem?
Me too.
Watching Sports feels old-fashioned to me, like listening to the radio in the living room.
A while back, I said basketball would be more interesting to me if HBO took it over and showed games with just a mic'd building.  SO you hear the players, coaches, fans (hopefully not the arena music/fx).  And not that fake stuff where the mic the coach and he knows it so when the tv comes on him he says some generic coaching cliche.  i want to hear the real stuff.

I went to a Laker game last year...people laugh.  I didn't even watch the game.  I watched, through binoculars, the coaches, the play by play announcer, officials.  It was fascinating.  You know those huddles?  Well, they only do that in the 4th quarter when the tv camera is on them.  In non-televised timeouts, the players just sit and don't talk.  Even funnier...the coaches don't talk either!  people just sit and stand around.  that stuff is largely for show.

So as you can see, I'm more interested now in how the mechanisms of the sports works.  the game itself is not as interesting.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Onion launches new site: Clickhole on: June 18, 2014, 10:10:24 AM
As a religious person, I figure I can believe in just about anything. With much faith.



You're doing better than me Fred! Grin

As a cynical person who has studied history and follows the news, I can believe in just about anything too - no faith required! Wink
omg 40, i love that response.
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: June 17, 2014, 02:18:14 PM
Surveillance technology use is more addictive than crack AFAICT.

One reason why I never participated in any project that involved monitoring people was because I have seen what this technology does to the people who use it.
 (see attachment in previous post)
Do you feel the same about home surveillance of your own pad?
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: June 13, 2014, 10:04:55 PM
This is interesting.  Not in a generate discussion type of way (anything like that would probably end up in the basement), but interesting enough that I thought a wider audience might be interesting in seeing it.
 (see attachment in previous post)
i love things like this.
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SwiftKey goes free (but you have to pay for themes) on: June 12, 2014, 03:53:19 PM
ok...
i don't actually like the press-and-hold feel of swype.  damn.  no perfect keyboard.
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SwiftKey goes free (but you have to pay for themes) on: June 12, 2014, 12:56:06 PM
@superboyac

Really!? - my experience is the total opposite of yours and I own both Swiftkey and Swype. I found SwiftKey *much* more accurate and this compensates for the limited suggestions. SwiftKey has made KISS an art.

The trick about swyping is: Only swype relatively well known words, if you swype rarely used words or names typing is much faster.
yea, i was surprised to.  By the way, i only decided this today!  it sounds like swiftkey is much more accurate for only common words.  for less common words, it's not.  now, apparently, i don't like trying to figure out whether a word is common or not so i type vs. swype.  that's too much thinking per sentence for me.  that's why i'm leaning towards swype where i can do the same thing for each word.

swype isn't perfect either.
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SwiftKey goes free (but you have to pay for themes) on: June 12, 2014, 11:50:57 AM
I've been a little annoyed at swiftkey lately.  sometimes, there's no way to swype a particular word, so you end up trying about 3 times and then give up and type it.  I don't know of a good way around this.

i like the swyping style and swiftkey overall, just need a couple of things to be really powerful.

[edit]
I just went back to trying swype, and i think swype is the better product.  you have more predictions to choose from.  the accuracy seems to be better also.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: June 08, 2014, 04:26:48 PM
I'm in the minority here. Sad I didn't think too badly of 'Melancholia' - don't remember it too well... viewed it quite a while back but I've rated it a 7 on IMDB. I'm smitten with Kirsten "Fangs" Dunst, so that may have had something to do with it.
And I didn't think 'Oculus' was particularly interesting. 'The Conjuring' was the only horror that did it for me this year, had some seriously creepy bits.

My recommendations:
 (see attachment in previous post)Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' - Not his best but it has Anderson's characteristic quirky feel and is an out-and-out visual masterpiece.
 (see attachment in previous post)O Som Ao Redor (Neighboring Sounds) - I adore Brazilian flicks, love their realism. The plot is mostly easygoing but kept me engrossed throughout. And there just might be something more going on than appears on the surface. Wink

 
yes for grand budapest!  freaking loved that movie, i had a great time!  I know the wes anderson style is becoming a bit familiar, but I don't mind one bit so far.  keep them coming, i love these movies.

Did you guys see the SNL spoof on wes anderson?  So accurate!  lolol!
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSEzGDzZ1dY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSEzGDzZ1dY</a>
45  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: Baby Cody 2014! on: June 06, 2014, 04:42:27 PM
I believe that superboyac still has him (hostage).   tongue

tellme poor Cody (lol)

You guys act like COdy is this nice, sweet, innocent bird.  The guy is troublemaker, I swear.  I can't even begin to tell you the trouble he got into here.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What modern music (today) is considered to be both pop AND intellectual? on: June 05, 2014, 03:51:36 PM
That's why we turned them into rules - sort of a crutch for the creativity impaired.

FWIW I think some "rules" are actually liberating. And creativity by itself is vastly over-hyped in my opinion. A musical idea is cheap. Most of us can crank out a dozen or more on demand. Finding one that's worth doing something with, and knowing how to do something with it, is an altogether different thing. Therein lies (to me) the difference between creativity and art. Creativity is just the raw material - not the finished piece. Or the process leading to it. You need both. But music isn't just about being creative.
Another good one.  thumbs up
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What modern music (today) is considered to be both pop AND intellectual? on: June 05, 2014, 12:43:20 PM
Perhaps that's the real sacrifice an artist pays for his or her art, whether it's music or one of the many others such as painting, sculpture, or poetry. Knowing how "the trick" is done removes much of the wonder one experiences when watching a performance even while it elicits admiration for the performance itself. And admiration, while enjoyable, is not the same pleasure you get from wonder. Wonder comes from innocence - admiration comes from knowledge and experience.
So true.  I am getting better at switching my mind from critical musician analysis mode to just being able to enjoy the music.  I still have a hard time with things that BUMP too much like at clubs, lounges, most parties, most situations where I have to dance with girls.  I'm not really able to tolerate it for more than an hour.  But yea, that's the price I pay for trying to figure out music.  I'm fine with it, I love being able to experience hearing and recognizing a great new song.  I wouldn't give that up for much.


One of the reasons many musicians attempt to master multiple instruments; or explore unrelated musical genres and cultures; or create (or join) radically different music ensembles is to recapture that sense of wonder and innocence. To be able to "just listen" once again. And ignorance (the healthy kind) plays a key role in that.
You know, I never though of it like that!  One of my close friends is like this, and I'm the opposite.  To quote Oscar Peterson, "I'm having enough trouble trying to just play the piano" (when asked if he likes to sing also).  But that makes a lot of sense.  But we are different like that, he's the type where his mind will quickly bore of something once he hears it once (unless it's really good, like Bach or something).  But I don't mind lots of repeated listens.  Usually it's for analysis, but sometimes I can loop a good groove for a while.  Something like this:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBw4uXDvKY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBw4uXDvKY</a>
When that guitar is soloing over those two chords, I can listen to that for a hell of a lot longer than my friend.  Actually, this is really what my question was all about.  In this particular example, yes it's only two chords, but they just got it right for me.  

I'm one of those people that experiences music as a form of mathematics. I really think Pythagoras
was onto something.
Ha!  You know, before I even knew about Pythagoras and music, I made a chord progression diagram in Autocad to see the geometric shapes made from my favorite progressions.  Then I found the Pythagoreans were all over this stuff!  lol.
[attachthumb=1]


The challenge is not to get so smart and crafty (i.e. "slick") that the sense of what it's all about gets lost in the process. Because most people - even untrained people - do have an innate sense of what it's all about. And they can easily recognize a good song, even if they don't consciously know why.
This is probably my problem.  But I've been getting better lately at striking that balance.  Playing with people more helps this problem a lot.  Also, not "practicing" and just playing also is a good way to fix it for me.  I tend to practice too much and play too little.

By "intellectual" music, I think what SB was talking about was well-crafted music that dealt with subject matter that speaks to needs a bit higher up Maslov's hierarchy than most of what passes for "popular" music does.
Yes, that is exactly right.  lol!  Especially for performances, I really try not to be an intellectual since my experiences with jazz has taught me that it is largely alienating, unless you have a very particular type of audience (which is very rare).  I spend the analysis/intellect on arranging a song and coming up with the practice routine, after that, I plan on just playing it a lot and see what develops.  And for performances, I like most of it to be pretty second-nature so I can focus on the audience and react to them without screwing up the music.  I was so relaxed at my last gig (country music, easy stuff) that the organizer of the festival made a special note to come to me and mention how relaxed i looked.  I couldn't tell if it was a compliment or if he wanted me to have a little more energy.  I think it was a compliment because I was playing pretty well!
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / What modern music (today) is considered to be both pop AND intellectual? on: June 04, 2014, 06:09:04 PM
Really wondering about this.
Jazz is too intellectual.
Most pop is too pop.
What is in the middle that is still relatively well known, but also can be appreciated by intellectuals?
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / For websites: cool hierarchy navigation animations and presentation on: June 03, 2014, 01:07:59 PM
I'm looking for wordpress plugins, html templates, basically anything that can take a hierarchy of information and present it with cool animations.  Like if I want to go through a branch of a hierachy, it has nice visuals/popups/animations to do it.
The example I'm thinking of is Personal Brain, which can export to a website:
http://www.thebrain.com/products/thebrain/

I can pay for it and use it, but I was curious if there are existing things available that work with wordpress or html.  ANy suggestions are welcome.  Thanks.
50  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYplorer lifetime license PRO 50% off on: June 03, 2014, 12:19:22 PM
Did someone say "lifetime" as in "lifetime license"???

Danger Will Robinson! tellme

I've had one for about 8 years, and when Don has changed his licensing terms (at one point the lifetime license was removed from the purchase options) it was always grandfathered for existing licensees - as it should be.  I think that a lifetime license for XY is one of the least risky lifetime licenses.
My lifetime license is 3 years  ..... and hopefully counting for a long time

tellme Please don't get me wrong. I'm not doubting the developer's integrity. I'm worried about long-term sustainability.

Lifetime licenses are generally not a good idea for a software business. Especially if they're offering one to help fix a short-term cashflow problem. Cool
You know how I know lifetime licenses are not good for business?  Because i buy them even if i don't need them.  tongue
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