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Living Room / This into that
« on: November 03, 2014, 07:56 AM »
Does anyone know the formula for converting a cubic or cuboid volume into a cylindrical volume ?

Thanks  :up:

I have just inherited a Dell E6400 laptop with a 80gb hdd, nothing much installed on the single C:/ partition, though there is some precious data there that I've backed up elsewhere.

I would like to create a second partition to store data - what is best : to split C:/ into two partitions, or re-size (i.e. reduce) C:/ so as to free unallocated space and create a new partition ?

I would be using MiniTools Partition Wizard or similar.

The whole thing is a bit nail-biting ... advice please.


Living Room / Patent wars - again
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:44 PM »

Living Room / Left-handed help needed !
« on: March 11, 2013, 08:12 AM »
Hi friends : I've just broken my right arm at the base of the radius near the wrist - pins, plaster and pain. I'm right-handed and am typing this with my left.
So I'm looking for ideas and gadgets to use with just my left-hand (no jokes please ...) that may make things easier ... thanks.

Living Room / I read an eReader
« on: December 16, 2012, 05:12 AM »
I haven't been around here much lately, well I've been lurking, or should I say, loitering with intent, conscientiously skirting the most delicate current discussions into which I wouldn't let myself drag me screaming, let alone allow anyone else to, because I finally got round to girding up my loins and for the First Time venture out into the Perilous Land of Ereaders.

And I'm loving it, spending hours setting up calibre, downloading old favourites and discovering new ones, going through the forums (on one well-known forum there are vast possibilities for bored programmers who could try their hand on the firmware ... hint, hint) and ... reading - I can't say whether it's just the novelty of the thing but I'm reading much, much more than I had been in recent months.

I had hesitated for a long time over taking the plunge - listening to all the arguments, the pro's and con's, - but now I'm convinced and converted  ;D

Living Room / putting politics before lives ...
« on: December 03, 2012, 07:35 AM »
UK Home Secretary Theresa May has warned that those opposing plans to let police monitor all internet use are "putting politics before people's lives".

The draft Communications Data Bill would mean internet providers having to retain records of all their customers' online activity for 12 months.

Mrs May told The Sun the powers would help police tackle serious organised crime, paedophiles, and terrorists.


- Does anyone see anything odd in that extract ? I do, do you ?

Living Room / This is one really neat extension ...
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:40 AM »
... for IRON, Chromium or chrome.

Are you fed up with clicking, scrolling, getting finger-fatigue from that button in the middle ... :-[

then try this.

It takes a bit of getting used to, then you wonder how you did without it .

Living Room / Mysteries
« on: November 20, 2012, 05:42 AM »
I thought of starting a thread about the many mysteries that seem unsolvable (I can already hear the groans) - it could be interesting and maybe even fun ? (Could be a waste of time and forum space too...)

Here are two well known ones :

  • Candidate A wins an election with 51% while candidate B gets 49% - it looks as though candidate A won by 2% (51 - 49) but then just take that 1% from candidate A's 51% and give it to candidate B : and they both have 50%

  • When you look at yourself in a mirror the objects you see reflected are inverted in the horizontal plane - why not in the vertical plane ?

Living Room / "a-guide-to-legal-marijuana-use-in-seattle"
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:56 AM »
In case you haven't seen this yet - and don't miss reading right down the page  ;D


And a good summary here.

Living Room / Anyone know about and/or use CloudFlare ?
« on: November 01, 2012, 07:04 AM »
My host provider is offering me (long-time customer) free unlimited use of CloudFlare for my hosted websites :

"We build our hardware from the ground up, which means that we choose the hardware components down to the chip level. Our proprietary software allows us to process millions of requests per second efficiently. We run our own network, so we choose the exact location of our edge nodes—the most strategic points on the Internet. This is essential to ensure your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance.

CloudFlare’s CDN reduces hops and lowers latency. On average, a request is fewer than 10 hops and takes less than 30ms.

CloudFlare operates out of 23 data centers around the world. Our CDN automatically caches your static files at our edge nodes so these files are stored closer to your visitors while delivering your dynamic content directly from your web server. CloudFlare then uses a technology called Anycast to route your visitors to the nearest data center. The result is that your website, on average, loads twice as fast for your visitors regardless of where they are located.

On average, a website on CloudFlare loads twice as fast for its visitors, sees 65% fewer requests and saves 60% of bandwidth. You’ll be able to see the exact speed benefits and savings with your personalized CloudFlare analytics report for your site."

I have some niggling doubts about spreading my web content across the globe - but I suppose it is already, and anyway the content is there for all to see isn't it.

But I'd be grateful for comments ...

Living Room / World of Warcraft cities hacked
« on: October 08, 2012, 08:05 AM »
This really made me laugh : World of Warcraft cities hacked - and sacked and burned !

"Hackers have massacred all the virtual characters in some of online adventure game World of Warcraft's major cities."

NB : I don't play this game ...

Living Room / Big brother Microsoft listens in to your Skype IMs
« on: July 24, 2012, 02:21 PM »
As said in the article maybe this will finally incite someone to build a really good open source alternative to Skype : Big brother Microsoft listens in to your Skype IMs.

I have played with ooVoo which I like a lot but the difficult bit is convincing all your contacts to switch over from Skype ...

Yes, so I'm looking for a FREE pdf compressor tool - any suggestions please ?

Living Room / Looking for camera accessory
« on: June 17, 2012, 09:31 AM »
Hi, are there any digital camera buffs here that could help me find this :

LCD Timer Battery Grip for Nikon D40X D40 D60 - it's not the ordinary battery grip just with extra batteries but the one with timer functions too.

It's disappeared here in France but I think it could be found in the UK and the USA - I'm also looking for a good price tag  :P


I wonder what folks here think of this one :

Facebook organ donation.

General Software Discussion / Testing a file tagger
« on: April 03, 2012, 12:24 PM »
I'm testing a (new for me) file tagger : FenrirFS - has anyone else here tried it out ?

Pro's : fast and quite stable, (though I did manage to crash it by trying to do too many things at once), clean gui, uses a db ...

Con's : internal logic is a bit strange, it took me a while to work out how to change to another directory from My Docs, My Pictures and so on; some translating into English still missing. Preview for txt and pdf files doesn't want to work although it is supposed to.

On the whole I'm liking it, maybe a keeper ...

Living Room / Scroogle R.I.P.
« on: March 03, 2012, 09:41 AM »
So Scroogle has died amid apparently general indifference.

I'd just like to thank all those that kept the flag flying so long in difficult circumstances.

Scroogle gone forever

General Software Discussion / SRWare Iron updated
« on: February 20, 2012, 05:11 PM »
For those interested SRWare Iron has updated to v. 17.0.1000.0 (Developer Build 120000)

Post New Requests Here / IDEA : universal on-screen search tool
« on: January 04, 2012, 07:38 AM »
Have you ever been confronted with long texts in windows that don't have search capabilities ?

So how about a desktop-based search tool that can be called up and find any text in any open window - is this feasible ?

Living Room / Our own "private" social network
« on: December 03, 2011, 12:40 PM »
With some friends, I am thinking about setting up a social network site (thus weaning people away from FB etc.) and for the moment am looking at Elgg. It seems to be the most promising, has many plugins and a thriving community, also it's open source and doesn't seem too complicated (I do have quite some experience with Drupal - would you believe).

But I' d like to hear from DC'ers with other ideas and suggestions.


Living Room / "Save the internet"
« on: November 16, 2011, 05:47 AM »
Don't know if anyone here is interested (i.e. not too jaded or blasé) but there's a petition running currently on Avaaz :

Right now, the US Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world's internet -- creating a blacklist that could target Youtube, WikiLeaks and even groups like Avaaz!

Under the new law, the US could force internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation, or even failing to sufficiently police their users' activities. And, because so much of the internet's hosts and hardware are located in the US, their blacklist would clamp down on the free web for all of us.

The vote could be in days but we can help stop this -- champions in Congress want to preserve free speech and tell us that an international outcry would strengthen their hand. Let’s urgently raise our voices from every corner of the world and build an unprecedented global petition calling on US decision makers to reject the bill and stop internet censorship. Sign the petition and then forward as widely as possible - our message will be delivered directly to key members of the US Congress ahead of the crucial vote.

The petition is here.

So I'm looking for the best solution to stock and organize code snippets - I have Cintanotes and EtherVane Echo and other odd and ends but they are not exactly what I'm looking for, though of course they are excellent in what they do.

It has to be something where I can just click on a snippet and it's copied to the system clipboard and where the snippets can be moved around between folders and so on ...

Any suggestions please ?

Living Room / Would you trust this ... ?
« on: September 15, 2011, 05:36 AM »
Has anyone tried (I have and it works) using mail2web ... ? It looks really useful BUT would you give your email password to someone you don't know ?

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