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301  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It took 2 years to build this functioning word processor in Minecraft on: January 10, 2015, 07:13:22 PM
Shouldn't there be a link to this in this threadcheesy

That is this thread. huh

Wheels within wheels I would think.  Wink

Like the definition of recursion that reads: See recursion. Grin
302  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It took 2 years to build this functioning word processor in Minecraft on: January 10, 2015, 02:19:48 PM

also interesting for someone like me who has never spared much thought about how computers work


It is pretty amazing once you get into it. They don't actually work like most people think they do. The computing theory and machine architecture (601: Finite and Infinite-State Machines) course I took in college was probably the most fascinating (to me) thing I ever learned about while there. Far more interesting and intellectually pleasing than anything I learned about afterwards to make them actually do something "useful."
 Thmbsup
303  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It took 2 years to build this functioning word processor in Minecraft on: January 10, 2015, 02:11:38 PM
I'm gonna go even broader and call it "the power of 'just because I can'  " .

At its peak is the fundamental clash that created the renaissance!!


And, unchecked by any notion of humility or morality, also brought the human race an untold deal of pain and misery.

That's why I'm always somewhat grateful whenever I see somebody channelling their obsessions into a benign artistic endeavour.

Especially when you consider how the person who has the drive (and gluteal stamina) to program an entire working computer into a computer game - or build a miniature dollhouse within a miniature dollhouse, within a dollhouse - is surely capable of doing ever so much else besides.

 Grin
304  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Authorities suspect a shark tried to eat Vietnam's Internet on: January 10, 2015, 01:59:38 PM
I'm not sayin' it was ...

305  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Windows Email Server Options on: January 10, 2015, 01:36:22 PM
Standard Windows 2012 license is about 6000USD (if memory serves me correctly)

A 2-CPU OEM edition runs between $600-$700 last I checked.

The standard 4-CPU retail package goes for about $1700.

The 2-CPU Essentials version costs about $400.

For home use, Essentials should handle anything you throw at it as long as you don't plan on running a lot of VMs. Essentials allows only one guest OS instance at at time. It does have good integration with Office 365 and 3rd party Exchange hosts however. So your own e-mail setup can be as simple or complicated as you decide to make it. At $4 per month per address for Exchange Online e-mail (hosted by Microsoft) with a 50Gb storage limit per mailbox (or $8/mo for unlimited storage +voicemail) it's a compelling proposition. Especially considering a 5-CAL license for Exchange Server butchers in around $1200.

FWIW, the cheapest way to get Microsoft Server (currently) is usually to buy it bundled with inexpensive server hardware. For example, you can get MS Server Standard for around $435 (or $170 for Essentials) when you buy it with a sub-$1K server from one very well known company. Similar savings can be found for most of the other major hardware brands. That's almost like paying substantially less than the cost of the license alone and getting your server hardware thrown in for free when it comes to the OTC Standard edition.

 Cool
306  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donating to EFF on: January 10, 2015, 12:57:04 PM
Not sure if they show on the stamps...

Don't know about the stamps. But on the franking meters, "Non-Profit" is clearly shown when printing postage. It's not that easy to obtain non-profit organization postage permits. And the USPS does monitor their use rather closely.
307  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: My (not so good) experience with backblaze ! on: January 10, 2015, 12:54:21 PM
I think it's also illustrative to note that whenever you push the boundary conditions on any system, some strange and unforeseen problems are sure to surface. So it's wise to take any 'absolute' you hear ("unlimited capacity", "near real-time performance", "unbreakable security", etc.) more as a statement of good intentions than anything else.

@jity2 - And also my thanks for the updates. Thmbsup
308  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: January 10, 2015, 08:41:36 AM
Can't speak to what's "best." But I use Everything Search Engine for very large file collections. And it hasn't let me down so far. I don't know if it will be a good fit for your particular requirements. But it's certainly worth a look.
309  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Authorities suspect a shark tried to eat Vietnam's Internet on: January 10, 2015, 08:37:22 AM
So...who owns the shark?

The FBI says it's North Korea.
310  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It took 2 years to build this functioning word processor in Minecraft on: January 10, 2015, 08:32:22 AM
One has to admire the obsession and dedication to the art of building something "because I can." I'd put this right up there with with the miniaturist who built a dollhouse with a playroom that contained a miniature version of itself accurate to the smallest detail. And within that second dollhouse's playroom was an even tinier (of necessity less detailed - but still easily recognizable) version of itself. Talk about turtles all the way down!

Note: IIRC there was one old-time and very popular DOS adventure game that had a fully functioning wordprocessor built in. Push a button and you could type a memo if you wanted to. But that was more a "the boss is coming" feature. Anybody remember what that game was?
311  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donating to EFF on: January 10, 2015, 08:17:57 AM
How do you know they didn't get those stamps donated to them so they could do this for people?

The stamp is not an actual stamp, but an imprint stating the price as well.

Yes, but how do you know those costs are not being covered by a Third Party?

Common things occur commonly, uncommon things do not. When you hear hoofbeats, don't think of zebras.


Now that has got to be one of my absolute favorite posts. Thmbsup

I have absolutely no idea what it means. But I love it! Grin

P.S. Sould I hear hoofbeats...I'm most likely hallucinating. (I live in the suburbs y'see.)  Wink tongue
312  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ALERT! FreewareBB shutting down. And with a warning from Marko? on: January 09, 2015, 03:39:58 PM
If the domain has not been re-pointed, then though he doesn't have control of the domain, he does still have control of what the domain is pointed to.  He didn't sell them his servers, he sold a domain name.

Huh? huh

I think he means if the new owner hasn't updated the DNS records then having access to the old(/current) hosting account -(or just Admin level access to the relevant CMS)- would give one free reign to play.

Exactly.

Ignore me. I'm denser than usual today. smiley
313  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ALERT! FreewareBB shutting down. And with a warning from Marko? on: January 09, 2015, 02:33:38 PM
If the domain has not been re-pointed, then though he doesn't have control of the domain, he does still have control of what the domain is pointed to.  He didn't sell them his servers, he sold a domain name.

Huh? huh

I think he means if the new owner hasn't updated the DNS records then having access to the old(/current) hosting account -(or just Admin level access to the relevant CMS)- would give one free reign to play.

Oh. Ok.
314  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ALERT! FreewareBB shutting down. And with a warning from Marko? on: January 09, 2015, 02:14:53 PM
If the domain has not been re-pointed, then though he doesn't have control of the domain, he does still have control of what the domain is pointed to.  He didn't sell them his servers, he sold a domain name.

Huh? huh When you own the domain name you get to select where DNS sends it. And when somebody buys an existing website, they often will purchase the existing host site as well since the original owner may still be obligated to continue paying on it until the end of their contract with the host provider. This is common in those "under new management" situations where the buyer has an understanding with the seller that they intend to continue the site pretty much as is. It worked out well for Tux Machines when Sue Linton sold her popular FOSS news site to the owners of TechRights.
315  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ALERT! FreewareBB shutting down. And with a warning from Marko? on: January 09, 2015, 09:06:36 AM
I've actually seen something similar to this go down with a former client. She wanted to get out of a line of business she was  in. So she sold her website to somebody else who promised (with the best of intentions) to continue in her stead. About a year later, the new owner was approached by a buyer who offered a very substantial amount of money (I understand it was something like $10k) for the domain name. And the new owner took it.

Shortly after that, the new buyer started playing games and trading on the goodwill the site had built up over the years. My client said she'd be just as inclined as anybody to forget about it since it's no longer her site. But she still sees her name occasionally being blasted by somebody for what's going on six years after she sold the domain. And because she has other online businesses, she feels she needs to politely respond to those posters. "It's a reputation management issue. You can't just let that take care of itself." as she put it.

So just because a site is no longer yours doesn't mean your name and what you originally built up is no longer associated with it.
316  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ALERT! FreewareBB shutting down. And with a warning from Marko? on: January 09, 2015, 07:34:40 AM
Ok, this is starting to get soap opera surreal...

This morning, going to the FreewarBB FB link produces this:

[attachthumb=#]

And going to the website shows this on the landing page,

[attachthumb=#]

If this is a genuine pissing match, it's already getting ugly.

If it's all just an elaborate put-on...I really don't know what to think - or what the game is... huh

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UPDATE: FB page is back. That weirdness must have been my browser acting up. embarassed

317  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Tempered Glass 2 Gnome Theme on: January 08, 2015, 01:33:43 PM
Nice theme!

But I'm a more inclined towards Vibrancy Colors myself. I much prefer "flat" themes and icons. YMMV.
318  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donating to EFF on: January 08, 2015, 01:07:45 PM
Speaking of donations, often when I check out at Publix they ask me if I wish to donate a dollar to help feed the homeless.  Sometimes I point out they could bypass the bureaucracy and just give me the money, since I am homeless.  The reaction is always pretty sour.  Never even a chuckle.  Sad


I do something similar with my alma mater's alumni office. When I was attending school, I dutifully applied for financial aid (which the catalog and recruiting brochures glowingly described as being so marvellously available) each year. And each and every year I was "regretfully informed" I was ineligible to receive any. As a result, I self-funded* my college education through a mix of student loans and some full-time "part-time" jobs. Which made going to college a major financial struggle - plus the cause for many anxious and sleepless nights.

Periodically, I get a call from some chirpy newbie alumni office drummer, reminding me what a "great experience" I had going there. And how the education I received, plus all the valuable contacts I made, no doubt contributed towards what they are sure is my stellar success in life. And since it's only right that "we all" give something back...how much can we put you down for?

Every time I get one of those calls I tell them that I had applied for financial aid while I was there, and it's only right that I give back as well as I was given. When the idiot (who by now should have seen the setup coming from a mile away) casually asks: "And how much did you receive?" I reply: "I got nothing from the school. As in nada. As in zero. Please put me down for that amount."

This is one of those few times that I actually get snotty with someone and feel absolutely no remorse afterwards.

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*On a positive note, at least it was possible to do back then. College tuitions were still low enough (relatively) that a modest 40-hour work week income, plus borrowing the max from the then guaranteed State and Federal student loan programs, (and not living or eating very well for four years) would yield enough to pay for almost any college in those days.

Can't say that's the case any more. I doubt I'd be able to attend if I were 18 and planning on going today.
319  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donating to EFF on: January 08, 2015, 09:41:11 AM
Dunno...while good manners may make good business sense, they're not just about business.

I personally can appreciate that level of civility. It's a refreshing change from most of what I see these days.

Note too that although $5 USD may not seem all that generous to you right now, for some people, it may well be a very generous amount to contribute. And it's nice to see the EFF doesn't make any assumptions as to the degree of generosity a given contribution represents.

I pretty much donate to the same causes each year. In years when I'm flush, I would not consider even a fairly large contribution from me to be overly generous. In years when I'm not, even a $5 or $10 contribution is a sacrifice since it means cutting something from somewhere else in the household budget.

I personally think you did well by contributing to the EFF even if you felt some of it was squandered on good manners. I hope you'll continue. Because it's important that the EFF be around.
320  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / ALERT! FreewareBB shutting down. And with a warning from Marko? on: January 08, 2015, 09:14:10 AM
Just received this in my morning e-mail. If it's on the level (and I'm guessing it is) it's both saddening and somewhat disturbing news: ohmy

Quote
>From: FreewareBB <freewarebb@hotmail.co.uk>
Date: January 8, 2015, 6:00:01 AM EST
To: 40hz *********************
Subject: FreewareBB Closing Down


 FreewareBB

 40hz,


 Unfortunately, it would appear the new owners of FreewareBB are intending on closing down the site, and even worse, it would appear they intend to use the good name of FreewareBB to trick and potentially scam people.   Unfortunately, I am powerless to stop this as the sale has now been completed and the person who bought the domain has only just told me his intentions and I am sending you this mail to merely inform you of their intentions and advise that you change all your passwords on your email accounts and if you have ever subscribed to the yearly payment to support FreewareBB then change your PayPal passwords also.   I do not believe there is any risk to you or your associated accounts, because your payments and passwords would be encrypted but given the information I have available to me I would advise you perform these actions as a matter of precaution.



 I can only apologize unreservedly for any inconvenience caused as I never imagined a sale would result in such a devious plan.



 As the site will likely be offline shortly, please respond to this message via our Facebook site which still belongs to us : https://www.facebook.com/freewarebb



 Kind Regards Marko

Going to the website, this notice is currently posted:

[attachthumb=#]


Since I don't do Facebook I can't do much to follow up directly with Marko on this.

Any DoCo Facebookers want to visit to lend their moral support plus report back on anything of significance?

Thx!
321  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: In-place upgrade of Mint 17.0 Qiana to Mint 17.1 Rebecca on: January 07, 2015, 05:14:59 PM
Maybe not quite set & forget. Not yet anyway. But in Mint's case, this was a happy compromise between the usual "fresh" install hassle and the occasionally dicey "rolling update" approach.

Now let's see them do it three more times just so we know it's not luck. Grin
322  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / LINUX: In-place upgrade of Mint 17.0 Qiana to Mint 17.1 Rebecca on: January 07, 2015, 04:52:39 PM
I generally am not too crazy about upgrading one version of Linux (or any other operating system) to another. I'm of the old-school "clean install" mindset when it comes to that. However, since I was facing an upgrade on a heavily tweaked and customized Mint 17.0 Cinnamon installation, I decided to try Mint's official way to go from that to 17.1 since I had already resolved to do it anyway. "Nothing ventured..." and all that, right?

Well...that was two days ago. And I'm happy to report that in this instance, it all went as smooth as butterscotch with absolutely no (as in zero) bad surprises during or afterwards. The entire process took approximately 10 minutes - and everything just worked. And the upgrade procedure itself was handled entirely within Mint's own Update Manager. Now how logical is that?

To do this upgrade requires only a few simple steps.

The first step is to run the Update Manager and hit refresh to see if mintupdate itself needs updating. If it does - do it. Then hit the refresh button again to make sure it was done.

Once that's completed (if needed), go to the Edit drop-down in the menu bar and select Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca

That's pretty much it. After a few confirmations, Update Manager will download, install, and configure  all requisite software. It will then prompt you to reboot (one of the very few times you'll ever be asked to do that in Linux btw) your machine. When it comes back up, you'll have a spankin' new 'Rebecca' machine.

Doesn't get much easier than that. Hope this is the shape of things to come for Mint's workstation upgrades going forward.

More detailed instructions (with pretty pictures) can be found here.

 Cool
323  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: January 07, 2015, 09:36:28 AM
Naughty Number Nine
Boy, that really is a great blues tune.  

Thought you'd like that. Grin  The piano work is especially good. Check out that almost bend the keys put in between the 0:12 and 0:15 mark. That's really sweet! thumbs up thumbs up
324  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: January 06, 2015, 08:52:34 PM
Naughty Number Nine - one of the best pieces (and there were many good ones) by Bob Dorough for the Schoolhouse Rock educational cartoon series. IMHO this is one of the best old-style blues numbers ever. This song originally aired in 1973. I only wish there was a version available without the sound effects. The horns and chord progression in that turnaround are awesome!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsMPO3chgAo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsMPO3chgAo</a>

 Thmbsup
325  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: January 06, 2015, 08:36:18 PM
Ricky Lee Jones doing her own unforgettable take on her classic tune Easy Money, neatly demonstrating that sometimes less is more when it comes to musical performance...

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


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