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Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: April 29, 2022, 08:31 PM »
Ah! The Charismatic Voice channel! One of my favs. Elizabeth is an utter gem in addition to being a knowledgeable vocal coach. She just recently released her own album. 

Not too hard on the eyes either.  

Agreed on all counts!

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: April 26, 2022, 10:40 AM »
Really like Home Free. The solo stuff by the bassist is good to- all of them Avi Kaplan, Tim Foust, and Geoff Castellucci

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: April 20, 2022, 01:29 PM »
 :Thmbsup: Thanks for that!

I'm looking for a text editor that does auto-completion for markdown links (that is, filenames) in the same project? This must exist, but I haven't found it.

Visual Studio Code with the Foam Extensions does this. I have it running currently.

I might pass on this. Have to think hard before August comes.

Just read a thread on reddit that threw a dash of cold water on the purchase. Not because of the device, but taking a hard look at my use case.


I don't travel, I don't commute, and I have a good gaming PC. Add to that the fact that I'm gaming a lot less these days, and it's starting to seem like a FOMO situation rather than the device being something that fits me.

Using various datasets:

mooV2 (Wed Apr 06 2022) - 3-26-22-moo
Estimated Order Date: Mon Aug 15 2022

mooV2 (Wed Apr 06 2022) - 2-11-22-hoxeel-filtered
Estimated Order Date: Mon Aug 08 2022

General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol appears dead
« on: April 04, 2022, 04:46 PM »
That's the thing about it- WinPatrol combined a few products into one. Still running it, though I am going to take a look at the suggestions in this thread.

Community Giveaways / Re: Humble Bundle leftovers
« on: April 03, 2022, 09:40 AM »
Someone bought the same bundle 😉

I think a lot of us did.  ;D

I don't have any specifics, but a lot of them are just going to be sitting there. If Deo and 4wd are out of something, ask me.

Living Room / Re: April Fools!
« on: April 01, 2022, 09:28 AM »
I hate that April Fools is a thing. I hate even more that it's become something that companies buy into.

In case anyone else is wondering, the problem was the assumption on the path.

I added

Code: PowerShell [Select]
  1. $outPath = (Resolve-Path odata.xml).Path
  2. # saves odata.xml in your current working directory
  3. $xmlConfig.Save($outPath)

and it started working.

Thanks for your help!

The problem with that is that I don't want that node, I want the parent variable node so I can update the development value. I was under the impression that wouldn't help me, but I'll try it.

So I tried it, and it did indeed give me the subsection I was looking for- how would I then get the development subnode to change it?

And thanks for the help... this has been stumping me for a few days.

UPDATE: I think I found out how to modify the node, but even though when I expand it shows the node as modified, when I save, it never gets to the file.

Code: PowerShell [Select]
  1. [xml]$xmlConfig = Get-Content "odata.xml"
  2. $validNodes = $xmlConfig | Select-Xml -XPath '//variable[id="odata-keys"]'
  3. if ($validNodes.Count -gt 0)
  4. {
  5.   $validNodes.Node.development = "0"
  6.   $xmlConfig.Save("odata.xml")
  7. }

What am I doing wrong now?

Developer's Corner / Searching and updating XML file in PowerShell
« on: March 22, 2022, 07:54 AM »
I have the following bit in a Powershell script:

Code: PowerShell [Select]
  1. [xml]$xmlConfig = Get-Content "odata.xml"
  2. $validNodes = $xmlConfig | Select-Xml -XPath '//variable' | %{$_ | ?{((($_.Node.Property.Name -eq "id") -and ($_.Node.Property.Value -eq "this-is-the-node")))}}
  3. if ($validNodes.Count -gt 0)
  4. {
  5.     $validNodes.development = $encryptedcredentials
  6. }

And it's not returning valid nodes, even though the node is there.

The XML file looks like the following:

Code: Text [Select]
  1. <configuration>
  2.   <variable>
  3.     <id>this-is-not-the-node</id>
  4.     <development>2</development>
  5.     <staging>0</staging>
  6.     <production>0</production>
  7.   </variable>
  8.   <variable>
  9.     <id>this-is-the-node</id>
  10.     <development>2</development>
  11.     <staging>0</staging>
  12.     <production>0</production>
  13.   </variable>
  14.   <variable>
  15.     <id>this-is-not-the-node-either</id>
  16.     <development>2</development>
  17.     <staging>0</staging>
  18.     <production>0</production>
  19.   </variable>
  20. </configuration>

I want to select the valid node, then edit the value for development under that node.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

Whereas mine used to say "After Q2 2022" it says "Q3 2022" now. That might not seem more specific than before, but for some people, they see "after Q3 2022" so that tells me I can expect to get mine sometime between July-September.

There was a converter from what we had before to what we have now, and the timeframes, and your assumptions on July-September line up with that.

Though I use VS Code (and Sublime Text, though vanishingly as VS Code has gotten better), the one I really like lately is Deepdwn. I'll have to try to give an overview of why when I get a chance.

It seems Valve have released an official library compatibility checking page here:
Nice! Doesn't seem to pull all of your library though...

I don't know it, but it seems very different to me. And complex.

It's not. It's just another variation on Kanban. The difference is Kanban is continuous where Scrum is iterative. There are complications you can add to it (same with Kanban), but at its root it is simple.

When I first started on my project for my world, I decided on an iteration length (2 weeks). I found high level things I wanted to get accomplished. I prioritized them, then broke them down into stories and pointed them by seeming effort required. Then I looked at what I could get accomplished in two weeks, going in priority order.

At the end of two weeks, I looked at what I'd done and delivered, and how many points it was. That helped me to see what I could get done in an iteration. Rinse and repeat, loading the backlog with things that I come up against as I went along. It helps me to plan and reach deadlines, but be agile in how I do it.

Given, I do it at work, so it's not a stretch. But I also have done Kanban at work, and it's not a lot different other than instead of iterations, you have WIP limits based on the size of the stories rather than a bucket to fill every iteration.

Kanban is generally used for support work, where Scrum is used for Greenfield development, but either can be used for either.

A good video on using it to develop worlds:

I think my Workflowy kanban should do this. Much prefer kanban to corkboard.

I'm using Scrum, so it works for me. I just need my backlog there, and a section for the current iteration.

Thanks! Very useful!

you might want to also look at writage
Thanks. Yes. Want would be putting it too strongly.
I don't like markdown, but it seems hard to avoid it in plaintext, and I have never liked Word - but docx is even more ubiquitous and seems pretty robust across programs too. So do I want a bridge?

I did think of it, and installed a trial to look at it. Then disconnected it from Word, so I could be sure I was seeing Word rather than Writage.
I'm genuinely conflicted about it.
I even looked at the outliner app (DocxManager) to see if that would bring anything extra  But that seemed expensive without offering anything obviously useful to me.

One attraction was FocusWriter - which has a very limited set of formatting option, but quite sufficient for me in writing mode.
And always preferred Atlantis over Word in general use. I don't really like the way it manages Headings, but it's no wore than Obsidian. Word itself seems better.
Typora imports and exports docx quite happily.
It feels as if that will cover what Writage does. But I'm not sure.

The bit where Word stands out is the Review stage, but I don't know Writage adds anything to that.
Happy to hear any views if you have experience of it. Else I think I'll wait and see how it goes.

I'm not entirely reconciled to the prospect of using Word more, even though it appears to make sense.

So I use writing outliner (the precursor to DocxManager) and Writage. Writing Outliner helps me keep projects straight and has the corkboard from Scriviner, but in Word where I have to do my freelance work. Writage lets me work in md when I want to, copy the formatted text to a Word document, and copy and paste Word formatted text into my markdown document. It's pretty seamless going from plain text to word which is cool as I don't like doing long form writing/editing in Word unless I have to.

Not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but if you're using Word and Markdown, you might want to also look at writage (

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Ethervane Echo
« on: February 14, 2022, 07:04 PM »
Let us know what happens if you actually run that  :tellme:
I did. Works fine -- should I be wary of it for some reason, or are you just wondering how it works on a modern version of Windows?
(Seems to work fine on Win 10)

I'm wary of the fact that softpedia repackaged it with an installer and it's not an archive. Just wondered if it installed anything else.

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Ethervane Echo
« on: February 14, 2022, 02:11 PM »
Let us know what happens if you actually run that  :tellme:

Other Software / Re: OBS Scripts
« on: February 08, 2022, 07:44 AM »
I noticed that your Tabletop for Two is no longer active. Have you given up on that?

I could swear there was a tool that was discussed here years ago with the need to do just that (the mapping)... I don't think there was complete success at that time but I remember the discussion!

There was New program: Ethervane ActiveHotkeys (freeware), but the entire thread is dated 2009.

The app is also attached to the first post, so you can take your chance with that. Last update 2012.


Is either one of those what you were referring to?

The second one

Unless I was willing to pay, I wouldn't use that with a max of 10k notes.

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