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For those of you who spend time sketching/painting in digital medium, I'm curious what tools, both hardware and software, you find the most enjoyable to use?
Anyone use a drawing tablet? A fancy screen with pressure sensitive pen etc?

I ask because I inherited an older cintiq21 21 inch monitor tablet from my father -- you draw on the screen with a pressure sensitive pen.  It's old but very cool.. However it's a beast to move around and requires a computer to make it work.  I'm thinking a smaller standalone touch screen tablet with pressure pen support would be so much more convenient, if not quite as good an experience when actually sketching.

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N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Welcome to NANY 2020
« on: September 07, 2019, 09:06 PM »
You can find previous year's forums here: https://www.donation...ndex.php?board=210.0

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So for the second day I'm sitting here listening to my (sata) hard disk drive make that sound that it's being used -- sounds a bit like ticking, etc.  And it's going on for hours.

But I can't figure out what process could be doing it.. The standard ctrl+alt+del process lister doesn't seem to shed any light..

Anyone use any software that might shed some light on what might be going wild on my disk drive?

I assume it's some windows background process or low level service, but I'd really like to find the culprit.


EDIT: May have been a false alarm.. I banged on the case near the fans for a bit and the sound stopped.. So perhaps it was just a fan rattle that sounded to me just like a hard disk drive seeking sound..  Either that or my banging woke up some snoring creature living in my computer, or convinced my hard drive to stop making a racket.

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We are testing a new anti-spam process, where the first post of a new member will not be visible until it is approved.
If we can get it working, the amount of spam visible on the forum should drop considerably.

But the potential for real visitors being confused and having their post not show up for a bit is a concern.

Please let me know if you have any trouble posting on the forum ([email protected] or see the contact page).

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Yikes -- this is concerning if you use VLC player to play media files.

Researchers from German firm CERT-Bund say they have detected a major safety flaw in the video player, which has been downloaded billions of times across the world, which could allow hackers access to compromise users' devices.


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Living Room / My new project -- nodejs multi-user lobby library
« on: June 20, 2019, 07:29 AM »
I just wanted to give everyone an update on what I've been working on for the last month and a half -- a new open source project, written in NodeJs (server-based javascript).

I've been having a ton of fun learning new stuff.  There's a ton left to be done -- another couple of months worth I think.

But I wanted to give an update so you guys wouldn't think I've been AWOL  :-[

A little about the project:
  • First, it's an excuse to learn and experiment with some new stuff (nodejs), and do some more open source collaborative coding.
  • Second, it will hopefully give me an opportunity to dip my toe into multi-player simple games, the kind my friends and I like to play locally.
  • Third, I think I should be able to use the system to provide a better kind of multi-device synchronization of data for some of my (mobile) apps and future projects.

So, what is this project?  Well it's essentially a server and library api for coordinating communication (and data storage) from many users, organized by virtual apps and rooms, with functions specialized for data synchronization and simple non-realtime multi-player games.  One example use would be as a synchronization back-end, so that you could synchronize the data from one of my mobile apps across all your family devices (without needing to share dropbox logins as is required now when I used dropbox as my synchronization backend).  Another, very different example, would be to provide the back-end lobby services and communication support functions for JackBox party style games, where players gather around in front of a tv, each with their own mobile phone device, and play a game together where they input their actions into their phone, and the centralized game asks questions, etc.

In the coming month or two I'll be posting more about the project and sharing a github link to the source code.  If you are a nodejs person, I'd love to have some assistance on the project.  :up:

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If you have a dell laptop you need to make sure you are up to date.

A vulnerability in the Dell SupportAssist utility exposes Dell laptops and personal computers to a remote attack that can allow hackers to execute code with admin privileges on devices using an older version of this tool and take over users' systems.
Dell has released a patch for this security flaw on April 23; however, many users are likely to remain vulnerable unless they've already updated the tool --which is used for debugging, diagnostics, and Dell drivers auto-updates.



from slashdot.org

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For the past couple of months I've been getting a small but steady stream of people requesting DonationCoder license keys for "Pokemon Go".  It's baffling.
It seems that somewhere people are getting the idea that our license keys work for Pokemon Go.
Does anyone have any idea where this idea is coming from?
 :huh:

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Really long interesting article on Read Dead Redemption 2, a much awaited video game (I thought the original was one of the top 10 video games I had ever played).

The most brain-shattering example happens when you play dominoes. You can see neither the board nor your hand from the main default screen while playing dominoes. And I have a big TV, so please, it’s not the TV. But the game is designed so you can zoom in on the board, then zoom out, and then zoom back in on your hand. It’s designed to mimic what it would actually feel like to be realistically playing dominoes.

Not only is this a really obstinate decision, but the board view is actually worthless because the view of your hand is even better and closer than the view that shows you the board. That means you have to hold the left trigger basically the entire time you play to properly see the board. This is a ridiculous choice to me, on every level, because it so readily creates an exhausting experience.



from osnews.com

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Some of us enjoy reading a good man versus machine detective story.
This is a long description of the process of getting access to the software running the head unit (audio, navigation, etc.) in his car.

Back in June, I purchased a new car: the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. This vehicle has an interesting head unit that's locked down and running a proprietary, non-Android operating system. Let's root it. If this was Android, we could most likely find plenty of pre-existing PoCs and gain root rather trivially as most vehicle manufacturers never seem to update Android. Because this isn't an old Android version, we'll have to put a little more work in than usual.



from https://hackaday.com...eaking-a-subaru-qnx/

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Living Room / The Bayrob malware gang's rise and fall
« on: April 15, 2019, 12:15 PM »
Longish interesting article on zdnet about a malware gang that was recently convicted of fraud and scamming people out of money.

The Bayrob malware gang's rise and fall: The story of how a talented computer science student and his friends created and ran a multi-million dollar botnet...
A graduate of one of Bucharest's top mathematics and computer sciences college, Danet won several international computer science contests, even ranking third in an ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) edition, and ranking high in many others.
According to Romanian TV station Kanal D, in 2008, Danet was elected the coach of Romania's National Computer Science Team, even though he was still a university student.
"He could have worked anywhere he wanted for the same money he made as a hacker," our source said over the phone when describing Danet's programming skills. "I still can't believe it after all these years."


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Developer's Corner / How BioWare's Anthem Went Wrong
« on: April 03, 2019, 11:46 AM »
Interesting article on how a big game development team went off the rails.

Very few things went right in the development of BioWare’s latest game, an online cooperative shooter that was first teased in mid-2012 but spent years floundering in pre-production. Many features weren’t finalized or implemented until the very final months, and to some who worked on the project, it wasn’t even clear what kind of game Anthem even was until that E3 demo in June of 2017, less than two years before it actually came out.


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Anyone check this out?

X-Ray Goggles makes it easy to see and remix the code behind your favorite web pages.  The best part: you don't need any prior coding experience! Just activate Goggles, click on a section,  and edit. Then, share your remixes with others.

A video demonstrating it:




from my sister

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Fun long essay on a company that specifically caters to workers on the autism scale..

What happens when people who have trouble fitting into a traditional workplace get one designed just for them?
A business full of people who are on the autism spectrum provides its own kinds of managerial and interpersonal challenges, but to be the norm in an office, rather than an exception, is an unqualified relief for many of Auticon’s employees. Hirasuna noticed the difference in the first week of work, when he was writing an email to his manager. “I realized after the first day, Oh, yeah, I don’t have to read this over for nuance and all that stuff,” he said.


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NANY 2019 FINAL RESULTS

Since 2007 we have held an annual event that we call NANY (New Apps for the New Year), where we ask the coders who hang out on DonationCoder to create some new piece of free software and share it with the world on January 1st of the new year.

NANY is really the funnest thing we do on this site, and it's one of the few times we can all play together.  There are no winners or losers, it's simply a celebration of programming and creating new software and sharing it with the world.  You can target any operating system (desktop or mobile) or even make a web-based tool.  It can be a game, utility, large application, whatever.  DC takes makes no claim on your software, it's just an event to encourage you to share a creation with others.  Best of all, everyone who participates gets a free commemorative coffee mug.

Thank you everyone who participated for a wonderful event!!! We had some really interesting entries this year.  Some of the entries are polished professional caliber apps, and many are just hobby creations.  Read on for the full list..



Read the full round-up here: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=47013.0

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N.A.N.Y. 2019 / NANY 2019 Final Round-up of All Entries!
« on: January 05, 2019, 08:03 PM »
NANY 2019 FINAL RESULTS

Since 2007 we have held an annual event that we call NANY (New Apps for the New Year), where we ask the coders who hang out on DonationCoder to create some new piece of free software and share it with the world on January 1st of the new year.

NANY is really the funnest thing we do on this site, and it's one of the few times we can all play together.  There are no winners or losers, it's simply a celebration of programming and creating new software and sharing it with the world.  You can target any operating system (desktop or mobile) or even make a web-based tool.  It can be a game, utility, large application, whatever.  DC takes makes no claim on your software, it's just an event to encourage you to share a creation with others.  Best of all, everyone who participates gets a free commemorative coffee mug.



Thank you everyone who participated for a wonderful event!!! We had some really interesting entries this year.  Some of the entries are polished professional caliber apps, and many are just hobby creations.  Read on for the full list..



SCURLed
A very flexible tool for MS Windows that allows (mass) editing of shortcuts (.lnk or .url files), with ability to do search and replace, and flexible mass editing.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46985.0
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Author: Skwire


RegexCaptor
Simple tool for MS Windows that lets you extract matching regular expression patterns from multiple files, with list of favorites and patterns to ignore.. Extracting email addresses was motivational use case.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45497.0
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Author: mouser


Process Watcher
A bare bones minimal utility for MS Windows that watches and remembers and logs new and changed processes found running on your pc.  So you will easily be able to see a log of when a program has run for the first time or has been updated.  More features to be added soon.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46631.0
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Author: mouser


Fasting Schedule
Android app that lets you define a custom schedule of eating and fasting time windows and can remind you when each is opening and closing.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46721.0
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Author: mouser


Streak Tracker
A flexible Android application to help you track how long you can keep different streaks going.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46587.0
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Author: mouser


Point Motivator
An Android application that lets you keep track of your score, earning points for activities that you configure yourself.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46586.0
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Author: mouser


Rating List DC
A simple Android application that lets you keep a list (organized into tabs) of items that you can assign ratings to (from 1-5).
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46588.0
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Author: mouser


cStatus
MS Windows application for monitor network traffic and scanning networks.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46074.0
cstatus.png
Author: hugo Nabais


TextWorx
Tool for MS Windows that provides a nicely organized context menu of text manipulation routines (change case, search+replace, etc.) that can be used on text in other applications.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46970.0
textworx.png
Author: BGM


Current Printer
Small tool for MS Windows that lives in the system tray and shows the default set printer on hover, as well as other connected printers when clicked.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46455.0
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Author: c. gingerich


startHERE
Open source portable application launcher that uses PortableApps data files to help you launch your portable applications.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46075.0
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Author: c.gingerich


DblEscClose
Background tool for MS Windows which lets you tap Escape key twice to close the current window or tab.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46749.0
Auhtor: c. gingerich


AHK Script Center
MS Windows utility to help you managing and run a collection of AHK (scripting tool) scripts.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46944.0
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Author: mat2016


Process Started
A tool for MS Windows that displays and continuously updates a window of recently executed processes.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46978.0
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Author: anandcoral


StringSimilarity
GUI tool for MS Windows to calculate text-similarity metrics between two snippets of text.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46653.0
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Author: Ath


FFFilterGUI
Early release of a tool for MS Windows that provides a GUI front end for FFMPG (video processor) filters.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46986.0
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Author: worstje


Shorthand 3_2
An open source GUI tool for MS Windows that uses the Everything search engine API to provide a nice way to search for files.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46878.0
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Author: Maestr0


Mass JSON Viewer
GUI tool for MS Windows that lets you easily view, browse, validate, etc. a large directory of json files.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46976.0
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Author: wraith808


AudioMarker
A languages learning helper tool for MS Windows that helps you keep notes on translated segments of audio files.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46583.0
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Author: Stephen66515


Explorer List
Small MS Windows utility to help you jump to your favorite directories in Microsoft File Explorer.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46846.0
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Author: limelect


DisplayOff
Simple non-gui tool to turn off the current monitor and exit.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46783.0
Author: SwanKnight


Cryptogram
Web based (javascript/html) tool to help you solve substitution ciphers (where each letter is swapped for another).
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46981.0
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Author: jroman


impd
GTK Application for Linux/mac that plays music through the mpd service
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46514.0
impd.png
Author: Sjc1000


remv
Commandline tool (open source with binary for MS Windows) to rename files using regular expressions.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45923.0
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Author: Tuxman


reddit Whisky expose
Racket language based tool to help you write whiskey liquor reviews on reddit (how's that for a niche application?)
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46809.0
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Author: Tuxman


libvldmail
Open source C library for coders that can validate e-mail addresses according to RFC 6531 with a fallback to RFC 5321.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45924.0
Author: Tuxman


logpad
vim/gnuemacs script for adding timestamps to top of log files
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45927.0
logpad.png
Author: Tuxman


gdpr blocking for php
Simple php snippet social commentary script that blocks users from EU ips.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45926.0
Author: Tuxman


The Decision Sieve
Simple web based (html/js/css) utility to take a list of weighted items and remove all but the top n ranked items.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ndex.php?topic=45925
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Author: Tuxman


Net Console Program Generator
Programmer's commandline tool for MS Windows, that speeds up the creation of console utilities.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46408.0
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Author: kyrathaba


Huge text/Log file reader
MS Windows Utility that can be used to view huge files by loading only chunks of a file at a time.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45921.0
Author: chesterw


ScrabbleScore
Simple MS Windows utility that calculates the score of a word for the game Scrabble
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46465.0
scrabble.jpg
Author: dmytron


Color Mixer
Web based (html/css/js) utility for choosing a color that is a weighted blend of two other colors.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46662.0
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Author: shinkarom


Shiloh Feeding Metrics Panel
Niche use tool for MS Windows meant to aid people recovering from eating difficulties
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46752.0
Shiloh.jpg
Author: camerb


Drive Letter Enumeration tool
Mini tool for MS Windows that just lists all connected drives
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=45728.0
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Author: KodeZwerg


Process Lister
Simple tool for MS Windows that lists the running processes
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46551.0
ProcList.jpg
Author: KodeZwerg


Assignments Warlock
Simple tool for MS Windows to help a teacher create class assignments for the entire week (5 days) of classes that you teach.
Download and discuss: https://www.donation...ex.php?topic=46987.0
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Author: hamradio



You can show your support to the participants by sending some DonationCredits to an author whose entry you especially liked -- just click on their name and look for the link to donate to them.
Or browse the profiles of your NANY 2019 participants: here.
Or go directly to the page to send some of your donationcredits to all of the participants: here.

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Living Room / What are your 2019 New Years Resolutions?
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:05 PM »
    What are your 2019 New Years Resolutions? Here are mine:

  • Major update to Find and Run Robot
  • More regular updates to Screenshot Captor.
  • Major update and merge of my Process-related applications (process tamer, process piglet, process watcher)
  • Find a couple of dc members to try to make the DonationCoder blog a must-visit page by making it more timely/relevant/active/etc.
  • A new website project.
  • Experiment with new programming languages / frameworks (cross-platform mobile?)

How about you?

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Living Room / How much of the Internet is fake? Turns out, a lot of it
« on: December 28, 2018, 05:14 PM »
It's not a bug, it's a feature.. The more clicks and views (fake or not), the more money can be made from advertisers.

How much of the internet is fake? Studies generally suggest that, year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot. For a period of time in 2013, the Times reported this year, a full half of YouTube traffic was “bots masquerading as people,”


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Living Room / How's everyone doing this year?
« on: December 22, 2018, 10:21 AM »
How are all our regular members of the site doing this year?  This is the season people can be affected by depression and loneliness.. Any site regulars need cheering up?

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Living Room / Google being jerks in order to dominate the internet
« on: December 18, 2018, 07:59 AM »
From https://arstechnica....should-worry-us-all/

The company has "tried to push the Web into a Google-controlled proprietary direction to improve the performance of Google's online services when used in conjunction with Google's browser, consolidating Google's market positioning and putting everyone else at a disadvantage."

YouTube has been a particular source of problems. One example Peter provides has to do with a hidden, empty HTML element that was added to each YouTube video to disable Edge's hardware accelerated video decoding: "For no obvious reason, Google changed YouTube to add a hidden, empty HTML element that overlaid each video. This element disabled Edge's fastest, most efficient hardware accelerated video decoding. It hurt Edge's battery-life performance and took it below Chrome's. The change didn't improve Chrome's performance and didn't appear to serve any real purpose; it just hurt Edge, allowing Google to claim that Chrome's battery life was actually superior to Edge's. Microsoft asked Google if the company could remove the element, to no avail."

Slashdot's take: https://tech.slashdo...nded-the-web-over-to

google-web-800x450.jpg
https://arstechnica....-should-worry-us-all

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Developer's Corner / Anyone used protocol buffers?
« on: December 16, 2018, 05:10 AM »
Again suggested to me by real life friend and previous DC server admin, Gothic:

Protocol Buffers, from google:

https://developers.g...om/protocol-buffers/

"Protocol buffers are Google's language-neutral, platform-neutral, extensible mechanism for serializing structured data – think XML, but smaller, faster, and simpler. You define how you want your data to be structured once, then you can use special generated source code to easily write and read your structured data to and from a variety of data streams and using a variety of languages."

Looks quite nice -- and lighter weight in all ways than xml.

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Old dc server admin and real life friend Gothic was telling me about the open source cross-platform Godot programming game/graphics library/engine: https://godotengine.org

Anyone tried it yet? It looks pretty neat.

Screenshot - 12_16_2018 , 3_14_27 AM_thumb001.png

Looks like it good 2d support as well as 3d.

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Anyone trying Flutter? (Android/ios cross platform dev tool from google)

https://news.slashdo...ment-with-flutter-10

"Google has launched Flutter 1.0, the first stable release of its open source, cross-platform UI toolkit and SDK. "Flutter lets developers share a single code base across Android and iOS apps, with a focus on speed and maintaining a native feel," reports Ars Technica... Flutter apps are written in Dart, and the SDK offers programmers nice quality-of-life benefits like the "stateful hot reload," a way to instantly make code changes appear in the emulator. For IDEs, there are plugins for Visual Studio Code, Android Studio, and IntelliJ. "

See also https://arstechnica....nt-with-flutter-1-0/

Screenshot - 12_5_2018 , 5_37_50 AM_thumb001.png

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Living Room / Good video on climbing Mt Everest
« on: December 03, 2018, 05:02 PM »
One of my favorite books is Into Thin Air, about a serious tragedy on Mt Everest: https://www.amazon.c...saster/dp/0385494785

Here's a nice video talking about the logistics of climbing Mt Everest:

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Official Announcements / New newsletter is up (Dec 3, 2018)
« on: December 03, 2018, 02:55 PM »
I finally got around to making a new newsletter:
https://www.donation...ndex.php?topic=46772

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