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Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea - Whats in my fridge?
« on: September 16, 2009, 12:58 AM »
Guys, I've been away for the last few days. What the hell? Featured application, awesome new features.. I've started using this and I've installed it on a little touch screen in the kitchen and we've all been adding our various foods. Last night I went downstairs to the store and bought all the ingredients for a Lasagne (except the mince, because we had leftover and it was on the list  ;D)

It's simple, but it works well, pretty much exactly as I imagined it to ! Thanks so much skwire!

Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea - Whats in my fridge?
« on: September 14, 2009, 09:33 AM »
This is so cool watching it get built.  :up:

With regards colours:

Red - equal to, or less than 2 days - you nailed it. Bare minimum time left needs to stand out so that the app serves its purpose and food is saved.

color=yellow]Yellow[/color] - a bit tricky to pin down. 5 days is seemingly long. But, if you think about it, most items you would only want every 5 days (eg you wouldn't want pasta every day) So, a whole bunch of yellow items living in the main perishable timespan is good, because it gives you choice without having to think too hard for a few nights

Green - I guess condiments, things in jars, eggs, frozen things are fine for this..

Ahhhh!! Frozen! That gives me an idea. What if there was an option to 'hold' at its present status. ie - it would stay green because it had been put in the freezer, like excess mince or bread etc.?

I've been trying to get a very loose idea I had into a tangible form, but at the moment its just an outline.
I was thinking about another feature, but not sure how it would work - the 'Kitty'.
When you live with 2 other people you have to keep the relationships harmonious, so instead of one of us getting angry because they *always* buy the toilet paper, we decided to each put in £5 a week, which any one of us can dip into, to purchase essential houehold stuff.

The main crux of the app is avoiding waste food, but it is under the general umbrella of house sharing, so maybe a few minor features that help people living together would work?

Coding Snacks / Re: IDEA: Double-click makes a new folder
« on: September 14, 2009, 08:58 AM »
I'd love this app, but I run AVG and it won't let me open it, I can't even add an exception. I know it is a false positive, but I can't override :(

Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea - Whats in my fridge?
« on: September 14, 2009, 05:34 AM »
My name should be "Absent Professor". cock up in the registration.

That's what you get when you stay awake all night and open an account at 4am.. a hilarious misspelling that brings your sexuality into question.

Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea - Whats in my fridge?
« on: September 14, 2009, 05:28 AM »
 ;D :o That was fast!! You do know its Monday right? You're supposed to be all slow and hiding from Bill Lumbergh .

Misspelling on my name in about ;)

Do we get pie charts for share?

"Wastenot" is such an awesome name, better than 'whats in the fridge'.

I'm so impressed, and grateful !

Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea: Invert Volume
« on: September 14, 2009, 05:22 AM »
'fraid so. My heart sank a bit when I saw the code was the same for up and down.

Does it really make sense to you, how does the computer know how to interpret one code differently?

Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea - Whats in my fridge?
« on: September 14, 2009, 02:37 AM »

Person who owns item.
Name of item.
Date expires (colour coded fresh green > mouldy red, maybe?).
% allowed to share.

Thanks again skwire! Before you begin anything, I might let the idea stew for a couple of days and see if anyone else has any input. Also, I'll eat leftovers for a couple of days more and cry at the wastage and see if there are any obvious solutions to how we need to be told to buy/eat.

Thanks :)  :D

Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea: Invert Volume
« on: September 14, 2009, 02:31 AM »
Haha, it's true. 'Get used to it' was my plan for a year.. but I thought if I wrapped up my pain in a comical story about destroying my hearing and missing important plot points in films, someone might take pity and help.

Isn't it just crazily annoying when something just isn't ergonomic, or not *quite right*, counter intuitive.
I mean, seriously, clockwise.. volume up, yes?? But no!

Skwire, you're a legend, thanks. I ran the program and twiddled the wheel and the code 'VKAF' came up for both clockwise and anti. Any help?

No hotkey stuff, I can't stand all that extra bloat software, this is just a wheel in the side, no desktop app doing anything at all.

Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea: Invert Volume
« on: September 14, 2009, 01:14 AM »
I'm on a laptop, and I don't use a mouse. If I did, that would be the first bit of software I expect Google would return!

Credit me with some research before saying 'make an app for it' !

Thanks for the quick reply though :)

Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea - Whats in my fridge?
« on: September 14, 2009, 01:13 AM »
Thanks for the quick replies and support.

Well I was also thinking of adding, who owns what, and how much of it is available to share (minature pie-chart icon, lol)

Say I bought a massive cheesecake. I want half, it goes off in a day, I will let my friends have the other half between them, then on the day it goes off, I munch the whole lot. Probably not the best example..

Post New Requests Here / Idea - Whats in my fridge?
« on: September 14, 2009, 12:40 AM »
Not sure if this is too complicated or too off-topic for the style of applications we're going for?

I live in a house with 2 other guys. We are a bit disorganised when it comes to food because we all work at different times, and never plan to eat together. When we do, its great, but its such a rare occurrence.

Because we all buy little bits of food for dinner, we end up with too much per person and a fair amount of waste, which drives me crazy.

There is a tiny netbook in the kitchen which serves as a music player, and it runs a few spreadsheets ad household duties/chores schedules for everyone.

What I'm thinking of is a simple perishables food list.
With 'add item and expiry date'
and 'how long left until we have to throw it out'
arranged by 'time left'
and various colour coding for time left on items. RED meaning EAT NOW!!

I know we could use a spreadsheet, but one guy is clueless and would totally break a spreadsheet if let loose on all those boxes. An app with just text input and big 'add to fridge' button, what could go wrong! This is a pretty simple idea, so I'd be interested to see what other people thought would be worth adding, if anything.
Would really appreciate some feedback too. Personally, I would really use something like this and really see it working - this past 2 years I used to write stuff on scraps of paper, lose them, never do them.. but I've discovered, weirdly about myself, if the computer say do it- it gets done.

An example is, this totally changed my life and helps me get stuff done.

We are all very conscientious with our to-do lists, I think with that sort of visual reminder before we run to the local store (which is right below our apartment) we would have a better idea of what to buy to go with what we have and less would get wasted (like those damn salad bags.. arghhh!)

Post New Requests Here / Idea: Invert Volume
« on: September 14, 2009, 12:26 AM »
Hi! Firstly, I wanted to come clean and admit that I registered to selfishly make a request. However, I realised at the same time I could wast time repeating what everyone is thinking - This software is a goldmine! I'm truly blown away by how ridiculously useful this collection of apps is. I am also baffled as to why Microsoft hasn't added anything remotely useful to their 'accessories' folder in over 10 years of new operating systems.

I have integrated a lot of them to work on startup and I use them constantly. My favourite is dimscreen - its essential. I work for myself and sometimes pull all-nighters (like now in fact - its 6:15am). From around the insane-o-clock time of 4am, my eyes become hyper-sensitive to light. But now, I just put dim on a ridiculously high setting and work in comfort until the sun comes up (I'm often in bed too, so it doesn't wake up whoever is next to me..)

I feel like I'm cheating someone! Next month I'm throwing some currency around.

Anyway, my idea/problem >

I have a rotary volume control wheel on the side of my laptop. I didn't install any drivers, but XP recognised it and so I have an extremely handy quick-access volume control. However, my problem is that the rotation of the wheel seems inverted to me. After a year of trying to accept clockwise rotation as attenuation (I did find and install correct drivers to replace the generic XP, but the result) is the same I've given up. I'm now really annoyed that my quick leaps to make an adjustment during an amplification emergency always results in a further deafening increase or missing some vital film plot dialogue.

Please could somebody whip up a volume knob invert app? Is this possible, or would it only work on a per-laptop basis? I don't know how buttons/wheels/sliders get direct access to the Master volume, but can something to be done to intecept and swap? Anyway, I've rambled on long enough, you get the idea..

Tthanks anyway.
Kind regards,

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