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General Software Discussion / Re: My new program : Calibre2Opds
« on: November 23, 2010, 12:26 PM »
Well, for starters, I do use Calibre of course. It's more than capable of managing a library of PDF documents.
Also, calibre2opds (which moved here by the way) is also capable of generating both OPDS and HTML catalogs from your Calibre library, whatever formats your books are in (PDF included).

General Software Discussion / My new program : Calibre2Opds
« on: February 19, 2010, 11:32 AM »
Hi fellow DonationCoders !

I've released a new version of my Calibre2opds program, and I think that it may interest some of you, even if it's quite a specialized piece of software...
But what does it do ?

If you use the wonderful Calibre to manage your eBook collection, my program will generate a very nice catalog both in HTML format (for use with any modern browser) and OPDS format (for use with Stanza, Aldiko or any other OPDS-compatible ebook reader).

Here is a nice tutorial about the previous version, which also shows how to use Dropbox to put your eBook collection in the cloud !

It's written in Java, so the prerequisites are simple : Java 1.5 ; and it's free !


Living Room / Re: What are your favorite gadgets and gizmos?
« on: July 18, 2008, 11:19 AM »
"Ok, what is that ?" you may ask. Well, first of all, i don't know about your country but in France, people are getting pretty crazy about coffee machines called "Expresso-makers". It works like this : instead of putting coffee in a filter and waiting forever to enjoy your coffee, you buy single doses (it looks like this), put one in the expresso maker and you have a delicious coffee in a minute. Pros : it's very easy, very quick and the coffee is very good. Con : buying doses is WAY more expensive than buying traditional packs of coffee. This is where the little gizmo pictured above comes and changes your life : you fill it with any kind of coffee you like and put it in the expresso maker and voilĂ . This is the CycloDS Evolution of coffee makers.

Quite fun joke about homebrew !
If I may ask, where did you find this little, but very useful, contraption ?


Procedurally generating content in games is nothing new at all, as you cleverly remarked...
So basically every random roguelike are easy entries in this contest...

Cool, a new FARR ! I'd like to test it too, please :D

General Software Discussion / Re: Good Freeware Video Editor?
« on: January 18, 2007, 08:31 AM »
On the Mac I use a free program called MPEG StreamClip ; I know that a Windows version exists, but I never tried it.
Anyway, I love this program !

Thanks Skrommel ! I installed it, works great !
I'll use it for a week or so and see if I find it really useful.
One suggestion though : when restored, the windows position/size are messed up... Can you do something about this ? pretty low priority, though... The basic idea is that, normally, you don't have to restore windows ;o)

Thanks Mouser, as always I end up with 30 tabs open in Firefox that I'll need to check later ! This measures the interestingness (english?) of the DonationCoder newsletter !
Keep up !

General Software Discussion / Re: My favorite software! What's yours?
« on: October 10, 2006, 07:28 PM »
1. Mac OS X
2. Total Commander

Too bad OS X is missing a Total Commander version of its own ...

General Software Discussion / Re: Few Mouse and Keyboard freeware
« on: October 10, 2006, 06:07 PM »
HoeKey is the best (IMHO)

My most favorite key is D minor...  :D
Seriously, I agree that Ctrl-Z (or Apple-Z on my Mac Mini) is the best invention ever !

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use RSS feeds?
« on: April 10, 2006, 03:49 AM »
No problem ; I shall try that for myself, and answer my own question here  ;)

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use RSS feeds?
« on: April 10, 2006, 02:53 AM »
Yes, I tried it and it was very good. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to download the web content of the RSS news items in an offline cache, to read offline while commuting ; did that situation evolve ?

DC Website Help and Extras / Re: Banners
« on: April 07, 2006, 05:58 AM »
Thanks for the quick answer, Mouser !

About the programming contest, unfortunately PocketGriddler is written in C# (not in C++) ; anyway, I will not be able to begin programming before the summer comes... and you know how summer sun, fresh pools and cute girls in bikinis are bad for programming ;)

Cheers !

DC Website Help and Extras / Re: Banners
« on: April 07, 2006, 04:02 AM »
Another subject : I'm offering PocketGriddler, my pocketpc puzzle game, as freeware on my website.
I always wanted to publish it here, but I was waiting until I would have coded a Windows version, because I don't think that the PocketPc version would be interesting for many people here.
The problem is, I can't start working on it until a few months, because of my daily work at the office, my new Xbox360 at home ;) , and the fact that I'm trying to get my motorbike driving license...
Do you think it would be interesting to make a small page with the PocketPc version ? Or should I wait a few months till I program a Windows release ?

DC Website Help and Extras / Banners
« on: April 07, 2006, 03:23 AM »
Hi all,
I made a small advert on my website for, and I noticed that I couldn't find a banner that would really fit my sidebar.
The large ones are too large, and the small ones too small ;)
I eventually settled for the small Cody logo, but I'd like to know if someone has already made a bigger one ? About the size of the 'Get Firefox' logo (160x60 pixels) ...
Also, I'm (thanks to Mouser's generosity) an 'Charter honorary member' ; I'm proud of that, but does that give me the right to use the 'Charter member' banner on my website ? I have placed it at the bottom, but please tell me if I must remove it...
Cheers, and thanks for all !

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use RSS feeds?
« on: April 05, 2006, 04:33 AM »
Sure, here they are (attached).

First, while connected (in the morning), I update all the feeds ; then, I select the 'Root' folder (which contains a tree with all my feeds) and Omea Reader creates a huge newspaper view of all the feeds I'm subscribed to : first screenshot.

Then, I switch Internet Explorer to offline mode (I've got a .reg file to do that, as explained in my review) and restart Omea Reader.

During my commute, I read my feeds, which are organized into categories and into 3 'Workspaces' (see the tabs at the top) : second screenshot.

Whenever, while reading, I want to bookmark an item (to report it to a friend, or further read on the net, ...) I flag it ; and, when connected again, I can browse my flagged items : third screenshot.

Sorry about this poor review, I'm not used to it and I'm trying to make it quick : I'm at work ;o)

PS : I love Screenshot Captor !

Happy birthday !
I'm happy to be part of this great community !!!!

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use RSS feeds?
« on: April 05, 2006, 03:47 AM »
I use RSS a lot for reading news while I commute.
I have a laptop, but no internet connection in the train, so I use Omea Reader (free version, my review here) to aggregate all the feeds I'm interested into, and download them in the morning, then read them "newspaper style" while in the train...

That usually saves about one hour of my time, each day, from surfing 20+ websites for news...

The advantage to buzzsaw is that it defrags as files are edited -- realtime defrag.
That's precisely what I dislike in this program... let me explain :

I read your post and I thought "cool, a realtime defrag tool ... my HDD will never get fragmented again!"
Then I tried and install Buzzsaw along with Dirms, and found out that it was a good set of tools (and free, moreover)

However, there is a price to pay : with a real-time defragmenter, the defragmentation time is paid by the user, in the form of slower access to its files, slower copy, etc... With a "classic" defrag tool (e.g. DiskKeeper, Norton, MS defrag), the defrag time can be setup to happen after hours (at night, or during lunch).
I configure DK to run in "screensaver mode", and it's been quite efficient (although I think a better defrag tool could do a better job, my laptop seems a bit slow).

Anyway, this was just my two cents : Dirms and Buzzsaw are great program nonetheless ;o)

fSekrit / Compared with Steganos Locknote
« on: February 16, 2006, 07:52 AM »
Hi, and thanks for this most excellent program !
Just a quick question : how would you compare it to Steganos Locknote ?
I read the technical description of both, and both are free, easy to use, crypt using AES 256bits ... It seems that fSekrit is smaller, and that it has a cooler name ;)

Wow, I'm being congratulated by the author of Find and Run Robot... Feels good ;o)
Thanks Mouser !

I _love_ ScrapBook so much that I wrote a freeware PocketPC program to read the scrapped pages on the go : http://www.davidsoft.../scrapbook-de-poche/ ; now I can read jokes on the Tilted Forum, save them easily to my ScrapBook and read them in the train, when I want to tell them to my friends ;o)

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Startup Delayer
« on: November 11, 2005, 01:45 PM »
Cool program, especially with my slow laptop and its slow hard drive...
Thanks for the info !

General Software Discussion / Re: replace cmd
« on: November 11, 2005, 10:22 AM »
Console is really a nice tool ! Thanks for pointing it to me.
However, I wasn't able to successfuly replace cmd.exe by console.exe, Windows Security kept begging me for the installation CD, and when I ran console (by running the executable renamed as cmd.exe), it cycled endlessly, creating window after window of nice looking consoles ...
Any advice ?


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