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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 07, 2014, 05:05:55 PM
Would everclear (95% grain alcohol) work in place of denatured alcohol?

Yup! For shellac it does. IMMO it's preferable (far less toxic). Also a good excuse to hit the package store. Wink
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 07, 2014, 05:03:27 PM
I think you will find alder has a bad rap as a paint only wood, but I've found that to be misguided.

It is the most popular choice of wood for sunbursts however. But those often range from translucent to transparent so I don't know if that would be considered the same thing as a painted finish.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 07, 2014, 04:59:46 PM
Is it just me or are posts missing links lately?

Can't say I've noticed that. huh

Anybody else?
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 07, 2014, 01:12:53 PM
This is a fun one from Stevie Riks.

A respectful - yet refreshingly light-hearted version of one of the most popular (to say nothing of self-righteous and somewhat condescending) Christmas standards of them all. Hey...Bob Geldof had a hand in writing the song. What can I say?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B8k1kyPJVQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B8k1kyPJVQ</a>

How many pop stars can you identify? Thmbsup
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Old City on: December 07, 2014, 08:28:44 AM
Yeah, an impulse buy, not something I usually do with games/software, and for good reason.

@app - Ain't it the truth?

I recently bought Kentucky Route Zero (Season Pass) for the same reason. The story concept was intriguing. The design and artwork are quite beautiful and evocative IMHO. Possibly some of the best I've ever seen. And their non-spoiler sample download impressed me to no end.

I've been through the first part of what is promised to be a 5-part story. You get parts 1 through 3 with parts 4 and 5 promised for later release this year.

This is one of those situations where I really really want to like this thing. Hopefully it will pick up a bit as it goes forward. Because right now I'm getting a sinking sensation there may be less here than originally appeared. Or promised... (More on that shortly.)

There's a lot of odd and unnatural conversations that seem to go nowhere, and which the characters engage in for no obvious reason. People do not, in my experience, respond to an innocuous question about where a certain highway goes by immediately launching into a philosophical speculation about the region and their family's history. With luck, it will all find it's place into the story later on. But I'm worried this will become yet another case of a writer creating deliberately obscure passages in the hopes they will be mistaken for being profound.

Another niggle...

Right now there's some concern in the gaming community about the last two instalments. Both had been promised for release "later this year." AFAIK, there hasn't been anything said about a definite release date yet. And we're almost out of days for "this year." Which raises the possibility (KRZ being an indy game) that they either won't be delivered - or they'll be rushed out just to get them completed. And if that's the case, we may be better off not seeing them at all.

Anyway...I own it. I'm playing it. And I remain hopeful.

I also resolve this will be my absolute last impulse game buy. And this time - I really mean it. Wink Grin
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Windows Email Server Options on: December 06, 2014, 07:50:37 PM
Anything I do in my home lab "for fun", is just one more thing I can get paid well to do for other people.

Sorry. When you said "home office" in your OP I though you were referring to your employer's home office. Not your own.

I've been dealing with the corporate world way too long. undecided

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As long as the end result is acceptable to my standards. So it's not really a case of devaluing my time to $2/hr.. smiley

It's also a case of getting the most bang out of limited buck resources. Right now the bike is far better for my health than a snazzy piece of kit. Because 9 times out of 4 it's IT that is stressing me out ... And the bike that lets me de-stress/relax. You see life gets incredibly simple at speeds in excess of 100mph, and the entire universe turns into a pin prick as the dance begins. This is why it keeps being said that one only feels truly alive when on the razor's edge and I know this to be true...having been there many times. It's a visceral, tactile, beautifully violent dance with an incredibly powerful machine that you must know intimately to survive.

You misunderstand what I was saying - or, more likely,  I didn't express myself very well. My point was killing yourself for an employer by taking on a science fair project whne an acceptable solution already existed and was obtainable for a very small price makes no sense (to me) unless you put scant value on your time. I then qualified it by saying unless it's something you're actually interested in personally - in which case I fully agree that you can't put a price on time invested.

You have your Harley love affaire. I have my music jones. At the core they're really not any different. And time is no object when it comes to things like that.

Or maybe more correctly, the time invested is the object? Wink Cool Thmbsup
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Windows Email Server Options on: December 06, 2014, 02:41:06 PM
^Works for me. If you value your time at $2/hr. I too take that approach with the stuff I'm actually interested in. Grin

And being the "employee of the week" in IT is no longer one of them. tongue My job is just something I do - and which I'm pretty damn good at. tongue

Spend money on something with licensing limitations?

Sometimes it's necessary. Or more practical. Or more expedient depending on the use case and the business environment in question.

When it is, it's time to deliver - not the time to take on a science faire project. But I'm thinking as a business owner here. Your situation may well be different. smiley
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox update download trap on: December 06, 2014, 12:34:56 PM
I can't believe they still haven't fixed this

I think it's more one of those "it's not a bug - it's a feature" deals. undecided

I have an ongoing fistfight trying to keep it from updating. Angry
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: December 06, 2014, 11:17:15 AM
^Dubai? Awesome! I wish her all success. (I won't say "luck" because I believe we make our own luck. And from what I saw previously, luck has nothing to do with her performances.) Thmbsup Thmbsup
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Windows Email Server Options on: December 06, 2014, 11:13:45 AM
I've been running an IIS web server since 1999 when Win2k came out. I've never had a problem with it. Like anything else, if it's set up properly it's perfectly secure...and if set up improperly,

Fair enuff. Next time I have a client that insists, I'll subcontract that part out to you. Thmbsup

Regarding spam...did you ever consider parking an Untangle Gateway in front of your e-mail? Not exactly tech-y to just buy something, but it's a quick and reliable fix if you're on a tight schedule. And if you don't feel like playing with the community version, $540 will get you the whole shebang with full support for 10 devices. To add the full (as opposed to the free) spam blocker to the community edition only costs $108.

I'm a big fan of Untangle. (Not affiliated - just for the record.)
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Old City on: December 05, 2014, 02:53:28 PM
@SB -  wouldn't something like Old City be great with something like an Oculus Rift headset? Too bad OC's probably well beyond the budget and/or capabilities of most indy game shops. Some of the best work seems to be coming from that quarter.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi project: wireless file server on: December 05, 2014, 02:39:54 PM
Huh? $100 for a device that does what exactly?


@Deo - No offense taken. We're all friends here. Thmbsup

I'm not quite sure what you're looking at. huh

I was pointing to the 2TB NAS device at $349 which can be enabled for wifi by plugging in a $17 USB N-adapter which they've tested and certified to work with it. It has the software built-in. And works with smartphones out of the box.

It can also be made to directly transfer files or sync with any other Transporter drive anywhere in the world.


There's certainly nothing there you couldn't put together for yourself. But for a "plug it in and go" network storage solution, it's competitively priced.

Hope that clarifies. smiley
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Old City on: December 05, 2014, 12:49:42 PM
Did. I'm impressed. I definitely enjoy these interactive story environments. I don't even care how much or little "game" is in them although a logical and germane puzzle is always a treat. That's sometimes a problem since many of these things just throw in an odd but totally unrelated puzzle you have to solve before you're allowed to resume the story. Dear Esther and the Myst Series had a few of those.

Anyway, thx for sharing! smiley
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Old City on: December 05, 2014, 12:26:03 PM
Looks really interesting. Unfortunately I can't run the trailer for some reason. It refuses to load in FF and crashes completely in Chrome. And this is on an i5 machine with 8Gb of RAM and no other applications running. Doesn't give me the warm fuzzies. Hopefully it's just a server-side time-out issue due to volume. I had to go over and watch it on YouTube.

It reminds me a little bit of Kentucky Route Zero which I recently purchased. Slowly poking my way through that. I'll try to do a review on it once I finish. Thmbsup
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: December 05, 2014, 09:14:39 AM
^I'm really not sure what I think of Orianthi as a guitarist overall. Probably because she's a dead-ringer for my little sister (back when she was in her teens) in this one. Grin  But in the above (early?) video, Ms. Orianthi does it well. Thmbsup
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linuxbrew: A Fork of Homebrew for Linux on: December 05, 2014, 08:18:44 AM
Definitely gonna take a good close look at that. Thx  for the heads-up. smiley
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: December 05, 2014, 08:10:34 AM
Sandman Slim: A Novel by Richard Kadrey.

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First book in a series. Quite funny - in a real bad-attitude way. Not my usual thing. But sometimes we can all use a break from the heavy metaphysics we get for our daily fare. If you're a fan of John Butcher's Dresden Files you'll feel right at home here. It's an enjoyable straight-ahead action story with some surprises and great characters. Some of the best 'snappy' dialog I've read in a long time too. Recommended. Thmbsup
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Target/K-mart remove GTA V from shelves - new petition to ban Super Mario Bros on: December 05, 2014, 07:46:26 AM
If they don't want to have to be bothered with watching the kids...perhaps they shouldn't be squirting them out.

Um...I think they were pranking with that petition. Wink

That said, I agree. Cool
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Target/K-mart remove GTA V from shelves - new petition to ban Super Mario Bros on: December 05, 2014, 05:39:02 AM
It is somewhat ironic that the complaint motivating it was made by three people who were offended because of the violence they experienced in real life while engaged in what is also considered by many to be an immoral and/or criminal activity.

"Isn't life strange?" as the Moody Blues song put it. huh

120  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: A couple games to giveaway: Insurgency (Steam) and Witcher 2 (gog) on: December 05, 2014, 05:22:53 AM
mwb1100 makes a good point here. And the final decision should always be that of the person making the offer. My concern was more about how to avoid possibly embarrassing a first time visitor. I've posted in a few forums where I didn't appreciate the way I was treated because there was an unwritten "rule" or "understanding" I had inadvertently transgressed on my first visit. It's not a fun experience.
121  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: A couple games to giveaway: Insurgency (Steam) and Witcher 2 (gog) on: December 04, 2014, 08:51:54 PM
so that it doesn't come up on google searches.

Even better! Thmbsup
122  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: A couple games to giveaway: Insurgency (Steam) and Witcher 2 (gog) on: December 04, 2014, 08:24:55 PM
@Wraith et al - I was wondering if it might be a good idea if the DC gamers could come up with (and possibly vote?) on some standard boilerplate that could just be pasted into these sorts of offers? Maybe something like "This offer is open to active Donation Coder members who have been registered for at least three months and have made at least five posts" - or something like that.

That way it wouldn't be sprung on some unsuspecting newcomer after the fact. smiley
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi project: wireless file server on: December 04, 2014, 08:16:22 PM
I suppose there's this too. Plug a the officially recommended TP-LINK TL-WN823N 300Mbps Wireless Mini USB Adapter into it and you're done.

Can't say how good it is. But they seem to be geared towards enterprise with some of their product lines. So I'd guess they're worth at least looking into.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 04, 2014, 07:48:42 PM
^One of the truly lovely voices of the 20th century.

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              "Sandy"
Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny
           1947 - 1978



<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ycaoV0WXfk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ycaoV0WXfk</a>

Where indeed?

Vaya con Dios, Sandy...

125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 04, 2014, 03:48:35 PM
I don't think a Cassandra Wilson comes along every other week.

You have exquisite taste Miles! I'm a big fan of hers. Thmbsup


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.

Really nice SB! I'm gonna have to add him to my listen list. Thx for the find! Thmbsup
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