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As it turns out, I’m not alone. The forums of Reddit, Quora, and Yahoo! Answers are filled with men—it’s always men—asking other men what it means when someone calls them “boss,” and whether they should be honored, amused, or offended. “It’s meant to insult you without you realizing it,” some say. “It’s just slang. Get over it,” others counter.

from Men's Health

This is more "from the ground up" than the previous Python Humble Bundle I posted. (Oh and I just noticed this is not the only active Python bundle on the site. Search the Humble Bundle site for Python if you're interested, that one looks more advanced/specialized than this one.)

Up to 15 No Starch Press Python books at $1, $10, $18 levels

Humble and No Starch Press are bringing you the best and brightest information on Python programming with our newest bundle! If you’ve always wanted to automate, code, and program your way to a more effective and efficient digital life, ebooks like Python Crash Course, 2nd Edition, Automate the Boring Stuff with Python, 2nd Edition, and Beyond the Basic Stuff with Python will help you get there! Plus, your purchase helps support the Python Software Foundation and the No Starch Press Foundation!


 ;D Now that I have your attention --

Where do I find the FARRFox plugin these days? I was not able to find it the forums, and apparently DCUpdater hasn't worked for a while.
I didn't even see it in the FARR Complete Addons zip even, I suppose it came out sometime after that.

EDIT: well apparently it is in the FarrPluginSDK in the path Samples\BorlandCppBuilder\FarrFox\Distribution\FarrFox Well hidden for us non-developers. I'll take it, just curious if it is anywhere else.

Found Deals and Discounts / Free Real Python Course Bundle
« on: March 27, 2020, 12:35 AM »
Found this on Reddit
Clicking the link above gives you lifetime access to the following video courses on Real Python—no strings attached whatsoever:

    How to Publish Your Own Python Package to PyPI
    Traditional Face Detection With Python
    Functional Programming in Python
    Cool New Features in Python 3.8

I picked a selection of courses that will guide you through building some fun & useful projects. These are normally paid products available only on Real Python, but I’m making them available for free to you.

Once you redeem your gift code by clicking the link above you’ll get access to all of the course videos, sample code, and downloadable materials forever.

RealPython March 2020 Course Bundle

from RealPython

Sorry to hear this. I don't really trust the Firefox builtin sync, from the documentation it seems to be 2-way but that is not my recollection when I tried it. I have been using xmarks since app103 recommended it. IIRC it was after went away.

We reviewed the service back in 2009 for the first time and the rocky pass in the years that followed. The creators wanted to shut down the service back in 2010 but LastPass, makers of the password manager, stepped in and acquired Xmarks in the same year.

from Ghacks

Living Room / Et tu, Sourceforge?
« on: December 20, 2014, 01:24 PM »
In a world where even Sourceforge bundles malware (why dignify it by calling it pupware?), is the era of recommending cool software over? I thought one of the talking points of open source software was that it was more secure because you had access to the source code? How about the source code to that malware?

In the "good old days" of unwanted software bundling, you could just people to pay attention because the installt going to try to install something, just hit Decline, Decline, and just say no to the extra stuff. Hey that still works with Java and the Ask Toolbar! But nowadays with most other stuff, you can decline everything that pops up and still end up spending half a day un-junking all your web browsers. And forget recommending software to less technical people, I was recently asked to recommend an antivirus, I recommended Avast, but I ended up being the one installing it. It's a good thing to because the direct link from Avast's web site goes to cnet downloads, and most people are going to just click straight on that cnet bundleware installer. If he had done that, my friend would have been mad at me for getting more malware on his system. (I was able to find a link on the Avast forums to a post with a non-bundleware installer for Avast).

When a developer agrees to this, I no longer trust the developer anymore. Once you decide it is OK to bundle malware with your software, the bundling of malware becomes the primary purpose of your software. I know some developers write software for free because they simply love to make cool software. Maybe over time, some developers feel like they've been burned by users making impossible demands for the developers' limited time, and this is their way to get revenge against ALL of the users, and in their minds, they are finally getting paid for their work. Thankfully some developers have still rejected that mindset.

The fact that you can't even trust Sourceforge now pisses me off to no end. This is how we are going to forced into app stores for everything, I guess. I'm grateful that DC will never be a party to these shenanigans.

Living Room / CPU/Motherboard/Memory Combo I am thinking to buy
« on: May 31, 2014, 10:00 PM »
I want to upgrade what is now a computer I share with my wife. I want to replace the motherboard, CPU, and I want it to have 8 GB memory, keeping the rest of my
existing hardware
(Edited data generated by SiSoft Sandra Lite - I tried to cross out what I would not be using anymore after the upgrade)
Mainboard : ASUS M2N-VM DVI
BIOS : AMI (OEM) 0905 12/19/2008
Total Memory : 3.88GB DIMM DDR2

Processor : AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ (2C 2.9GHz, 2.9GHz IMC, 2x 512kB L2)
Socket/Slot : AM2/ASB1

Memory Controller : Ralink Tech RT2800 802.11n PCI 200MHz, 4GB DIMM DDR2 800MHz

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module : OCZ OCZ2P8002G 2GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-6400U DDR2-800 (5-6-6-18 3-24-6-3)
Memory Module : OCZ OCZ2P8002G 2GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-6400U DDR2-800 (5-6-6-18 3-24-6-3)

Video System
Monitor/Panel : Dell Computer DELL E198WFP
 (1600x1200, 19.1")
Video Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a  (PS3.0, VS3.0 425MHz, 128MB 800MHz/1.6GHz, Integrated Graphics)

Storage Devices
Seagate ST3750528AS (750.2GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm) : 699GB (C:)

DVDRW IDE1008 (1.5MB, ATAPI, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache) : 1MB (D:)

Windows Experience Index
Current System : 2.9  :o


The PC Part Picker site does a pretty good job and alerting me to incompatibilities, but I would like some human feedback as well. So do any of you see any possible red flags or glaring flaws in this 3 item combo at this price point? I see the motherboard supports DDR3-2400 memory but I thought I would save a bit there and go for DDR3-1600.

AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor    $62.99    -$5.00 rebate               
Asus A55BM-K Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard    $53.99             
Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory    $69.99
cpu-mobo-8gb memory.JPG

Living Room / Cascading grammar trolls
« on: September 17, 2012, 05:14 PM »

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from Tmonews

Living Room / Kids E-Book Ideas?
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:42 AM »
School has just started here, and it seems like this may be the (school) year of the e-book. I was already thinking of getting a couple of Kindles,  and my kids told me (after I expressed that I was considering buying some Kindles) that there will be an announcement very soon about increased used of ebook readers or tablets (I know they bought a bunch of iPads). They say some of their classmates already bring these to school.

Most of the children's ebooks I've seen on Amazon are twice the price I would pay for the typical paperback kid's book, so I am having doubts as to whether I would really gain anything other than saving a trip to the public library. Amazon allows you to rent some books from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library once a month, but all they can tell you is they have Harry Potter, the actual books available in the Lending Library are apparently a big secret unless you buy a Kindle.

Aside from paying for ebooks through Amazon, I am looking at borrowing ebooks through the local library. I will consider paying for a library card from out of town. But every library I've checked (including NYPL)  seems to have the same crappy browsing of all juvenile ebooks not categorized by age group.

So I guess I am looking for any of the following:
- Better way to navigate kids ebooks by age group and get suggestions
- Awareness of any independently published children's books or website specializing in kids ebooks that can be read on a Kindle or other reader
- Any suggestions of ebooks kids in the upper single digits (say 7 to 9 years old) can enjoy, that can be borrowed or otherwise obtained inexpensively.
- Any other children's ebook tips

Living Room / 2G Quad Band in a 3G/4G World
« on: September 02, 2012, 10:08 AM »
Obviously not every country has 3G, but how far are we on the way toward a 3G/4G equivalent of 2G quad band? Are we there yet?

I've noticed that T-Mobile USA's 3G bands (UMTS (W-CDMA)/HSPA) operate using both 1700 and 2100 Mhz frequencies (at the same time) and India also uses 2100 Mhz for its 3G, so that seems to be a happy coincidence for those who travel between both countries.

Other countries also use the UMTS 2100 band, I see. So it may be a matter of picking your countries from the start and not aiming for universal 3G.

Otherwise I am not seeing much of a movement toward a universal 3G/4G phone, but maybe I am misunderstanding things and will appreciate any insights.

I was trying to improve on the duckduckgo icon (the original one being the favicon from the site, I was trying to make a new one using Screenshot captor.)
I was using and an addon for .ico.. and I was experimenting with multiple sizes in the source file (including an odd suggestion of 121x121 which was the same size as the original image). Then I decided I only needed 64x64 or 32x32 and tried those. At some point FARR seemed to decide to display a generic icon for every alias, whether it was Core or MyCustom. I double checked the aliases to make sure I didn't do something besides creating a new image, like screw up the icon path. I restarted FARR, deleted the Windows icon cache, restored an older copy of FindAndRunRobot.ini from 4 hours ago, deleted the duckduckgo.ico file, and rebooted, so I am not sure what else to try to get FARR to display alias icons again.

So, this works perfectly, I can search for files and add // to open them in Notepad2, but I notice the "Notepad2 - $$1 |" part doesn't seem to do what I expect.

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  1. 1000>>>notepad2>->Notepad2 - $$1 | C:\Program Files\Notepad2\Notepad2.exe "$$1"
  2. 1000>>>notepad2_dosearch>->dosearch +notepad2 $$1>+>^(.*)//$

Is there a way to have the word Notepad2  appear in the search results? For Notepad2, it doesn't matter so much, but I am trying to set up a similar alias to delete files, and it would be nice to see Delete in front of each search result.

I have a few related small suggestions that may help ease new FARR users into taking advantage of some of the advanced customization techniques. I have numbered them 1 to 4 below.

What do you think about having a "Duplicate this alias file" button or feature (1) in the program, similar to the existing "Make a duplicate copy of this entry" under Aliases/Groups? If it is a read-only alias file, maybe it gives the option of disabling the existing alias file (2), and automatically create the new alias file in the MyCustom folder.

For this to show the proper icons (without having to copy them), I would further suggest a common icon path (3) that can be used by all aliases (with /ICON) regardless of the alias location.

This is nothing can't be done already using the file system, but makes a little easier I believe. The helpfile seems to be out of date (4) as well:
Code: Text [Select]
  1. These .alias files are located in the AliasGroups\ subdirectory of FARR, and are further broken up into AliasGroups\Installed and AliasGroups\MyCustom

Since I didn't see that folder, I initially created it and when that didn't work, I looked in the %appdata% folder. After doing a search of my system, I found the MyCustom folder in My Documents.

Find And Run Robot / search alias (Core-Search.alias)
« on: July 20, 2012, 12:40 PM »
Just looking at the search alias in Core-Search.alias, it looks like it hasn't been updated in a while:

Google - $$1 |$$1 /ICON=icons\google.ico
Yahoo - $$1 |$$1 /ICON=icons\yahoo.ico
MSN - $$1 |$$1 /ICON=icons\msn.ico  is now Bing but it works anyway
AltaVista - $$1 |$$1 /ICON=icons\altavista.ico is now Yahoo
Ask - $$1 |$$1 /ICON=icons\ask.ico :o srsly?
AllTheWeb - $$1 | http://www.alltheweb...arch?cs=utf-8&q=$$1 /ICON=icons\alltheweb.ico is also now Yahoo
GoogleGroups - $$1 |$$1&sa=N&tab=wg /ICON=icons\google.ico
Omgili Forum - $$1 |$$1 /ICON=icons\omgili.ico

omgli I had never heard of (or forgot about it) until I saw it in FARR. It's a nice forum search, though, I like it.

I would suggest cleaning up a little and adding DuckDuckGo (can't think of any others that would be good)
There is a lot of interest in secure searches these days, so maybe some of these should be made into https:// versions.
On the other hand, I guess a lot of people just do plugins or alias packs and these don't really need to be changed, I don't know.

Find And Run Robot / What's wrong with this FARR picture?
« on: July 18, 2012, 05:03 PM »

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Not completely golden, but you don't see too many attempts to explain mobile screen technologies to the layperson (or at least smartphone illiterate person) such as myself. The user comments on the article will be useful, too.

Even if your screen has high pixel density and great color reproduction, a highly reflective screen can mess up your view. Instead of reading your article, movie, or e-mail clearly, you may be dodging overhead lights, sun rays, and your own reflection to strain to see what's on the screen.

As I mentioned above, the quality of the physical display materials can play a role in "reflectance." But manufacturers can also do something about it. In the Lumia 900, Nokia applies its ClearBlack filter above the touch layer on its (non-PenTile) AMOLED screen, but below the cover glass. ClearBlack works on LCDs, too

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from CNET

In the past week, I've started getting a lot of spam that doesn't get sent to my Spam box, and it comes with photo attachments that I don't want to see. Gmail filters out images automatically if they are inline HTML img tags but since these are attachments, it always shows them. I can't find a setting within Gmail (web version) to have it not show the previews. Maybe there is a user script or add-on for this?

UrlSnooper / Finally got this to work
« on: July 05, 2012, 07:05 PM »
I am not sure I have a use for this software, but it always annoyed me that I couldn't get it to work (I use Windows 7 64 bit). Some time ago I had tried it and was getting the No Network Adapter, just now I tried it on the two Microsoft adapters that came up and I couldn't get it to pick up anything on either one. I couldn't tell which was which, even looking at the adapters in WinDump (see screenshot). So I just disabled the one I didn't think I needed ("Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter", I am not sure what its purpose is) and when I restarted URLSnooper2 and hit sniff again, right away it started working and is showing C-SPAN, radio feeds, anything. Of course this won't help anyone whose adapters aren't being detected at all.

Living Room / Photo Taggng (n00b) question
« on: July 02, 2012, 06:34 AM »
Never mind, I think I found it.

I finally am getting around to organizing my digital photos, I have everything sorted by folders named according to the yyyy-mm and photos named yyyy-mm-dd.extension and intend, and have already started, tagging photos based on occasion, where I used folders for that purpose earlier. I was able to tag multiple photos easily within the Windows 7 Explorer. The thing is, I haven't tagged photos in a while, and I don't see any obvious way to view by tag in Explorer or Google drive. In Picasa and probably in Windows I can do a search by tag and find photos, leading me to think tagging is only good for searches. Is there a basic photo organizer that just lists tags on the side like folders so anyone can just browse the tags? It seems like I just made everything harder to find for everyone.

Living Room / Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: June 27, 2012, 07:42 PM »
I am window shopping at this point, and have a few other expenses I need to take care of first, but I am thinking of deviating from my normal path of buying a smartphone without the phone and getting a smartphone with a phone. Just so you know, I don't plan on using that much data, and sync things wirelessly from home as much as I can. I don't talk or text that much either, I am currently using a Net10 dumb Java phone for $15 for 200 minutes every month. So I am a bit of a cheapskate so I will try to use a non-contract plan if at all possible. I am looking at Android phones only, and trying to find the exact right one for my needs, that isn't too expensive to pick up as a non-contract phone. I am in the United States.

(Updating requirements slightly from original post.)

Requirements (for Phase 2 phone, see update at bottom)

- Something I can pick up on, say, ebay or swappa for about $150-200 (this is probably the most difficult requirement)
- Replaceable Battery (learned my lesson with iPod Touch)
- 802.11n wi-fi (not just g)
- Camera (I'm not too picky)
- No QWERTY hard keys
- At least 10 hours of battery life
- People can hear me on the other end of the "line" (not sure how to determine this without trying it)
- AMOLED or Super AMOLED or anything where I can read it outside in daylight. The phone will be an e-book reader among other things
- REVISED: Born with Android 4 (ICS): capable (rooting OK -- my current rule of thumb is 1Ghz or higher processor Now I have read too many stories about GPS breaking when flashed with ICS)
- At least 3.5" screen, preferable closer to 4"
- Decent RAM (learned my lesson with iPod Touch generation 2 -- seems like Windows Mobile 5 was smarter about virtual memory, not sure how Android rolls)
-    Quad band GSM (maybe I will get a chance to use as a world phone although I am too much of a homebody currently)
- Vibrate notification capable (I mention this because my iPod Touch 2 unexpectedly did not have this)
- REVISED: 2G 900,1800, HSPA+ 1700 and 2100 (This takes care of 3G in U.S. (T-Mobile) and India. Also want quad band 2G. But wait, there's more: in 2013, T-Mobile will push their HSPA+ band to 1900 to make way for LTE, so I need some flavor of HSPA at 1900 too!
- NEW: Speakerphone (to remind myself to check. Samsung Dart (Android 2.2) doesn't have)
- NEW: 32GB storage internal or upgradable to such using a card - (had this in my head but forgot to mention earlier)
- NEW: Supports a carrier which provides a combined voice and data plan of between $30-35 per month (T-Mobile or Virgin Mobile -- however Virgin Mobile doesn't seem to be able meet the multiband requirement, they are U.S. only as far as I can determine)


- Scratch resistant glass
- NEW:8 MP camera

- In spite of the required quad band GSM support, I would like it to be either Verizon 3G network capable (if I go with Page Plus prepaid 3G plans, which use the Verizon network) or Sprint network capable, in which case I go with PlatinumTel. (obsolete section - see above band requirements)

So far the Motorola Photon 4G looks pretty good, and they seem to have good battery life, something that rules out a lot of otherwise solid contenders. Some of those are available used at close to my $200 limit. (swappa link). Any thoughts here?

UPDATED: As time went on, I had a thought to wait until later to buy a phone that meets all the requirements. That brought to mind that I should by a cheaper phone, which I called a Phase 1 phone, to use in the interim (I do in fact need a new phone, two things about my current one are not working, although it makes calls OK)

For Phase 1, the following requirements become optional
- Usable outside the USA
- Android 4.0 (still preferred, but there is a way to get Devanagari script on older versions, so I can try that)
- Replaceable battery

A requirement for Phase 1 is that the cost should be around $100 or less.

off topic
Man those list tags went crazy on me. Replaced them with hyphens

Any idea why I can create a Unicode string in the Python shell on a Silverlight-based Python on the web but not in IDLE or any other Python shell on my desktop? I am using Google IME to type in both cases.

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OK, the + symbol in the Firefox awesome bar is magic. It causes autocomplete to match only bookmarks with tags (which, since using XMarks and importing my bookmarks, tends to be all of them).

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Notice from the screenshot that in spite of the +, not everything that comes up is tagged abc: it finds abc in the title as well, hence the Nerd ABC's and ABC News links which are tagged something besides abc.

Does anyone know a way to make Firefox match tagged items ONLY by searching the tag, and not the title?

(btw, in preparing this screenshot, I noticed that abc matches "labcast" as well, but I am less concerned about that)

Living Room / On a lighter note: A Man Said to the Universe
« on: March 16, 2012, 12:30 PM »
You know the classic Stephen Crane poem (circa 1899)

A man said to the universe:
"Sir, I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
"A sense of obligation."

This has been kicking around in my head lately, with variations. There have been a few "heavy" threads lately, and I have wanted to balance it out a little with something on a lighter note. Please add your own variations!

Modern Version

A man said to the universe:
"Sir, I exist!"
"Your call is very important to us," said the universe.

Selective Indifference

Lady Gaga said to the universe:
"Sir, I exist!"
"I can't hear you," said the universe.
"I'm listening to Adele on my iPod."

The Tables Are Turned

The universe said to a man:
"Sir, I exist!"
"However," replied the man,
"The fact has not created in me
"A sense of exploration."

Living Room / Shapeways: Customize and create 3D printed products
« on: March 01, 2012, 09:12 AM »
I stumbled onto this site looking for Raspberry Pi cases. I didn't realize 3-D printing had gone that mainstream. Sorry if this looks a little spammy, it is a commerical site, I have no affiliation.

Customize and create 3D printed products...print your products in 25 materials, including metals, ceramics, and glass.

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from Shapeways

I wonder why Google has pushed Gmail so far down on their new vertical navigation bar. Now I can fix it with the Google Bar+ user script, and do additional customizations! Well, for this screenshot I replaced Gmail with DonationCoder.  (requires Greasemonkey or Scriptish for Firefox, or Tampermonkey for Chrome)

Script Summary: Gives new options to the new google toolbar. If the new google bar has not been enabled, this script will enable it. Allows each menu entry to be customized. Allows for a thinner interface. Allows for google Ad blocking. Presets are provided for common menu items (more will be added); If you have an item you think should be a preset please let me know via the discussion link. As of 0.5.6, users are notified of updates right on the google bar!

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