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FARR Plugins and Aliases / FScript 1.9: querynokeyword problem
« on: December 08, 2009, 11:31 PM »
Hey everyone,

I'm currently learning the FARR plugin model & FScript by endeavouring to write a plugin that can manipulate Trac sites via XML-RPC.

I'm not sure if this is an issue with FScript or with my understanding, but I've hit a problem with the querynokeyword parameter being passed to onSearchBegin. The docs say that "querynokeyword is the query without alias", but the value I'm receiving is always exactly the same as the value in queryraw.

So with an alias string of 'trac', when I enter 'trac test', both querynokeyword and queryraw return the value 'trac test', whereas from my reading of the docs I'm expecting querynokeyword to be 'test'.

Is that what I should expect or have I got it all wrong?

Cheers!

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Developer's Corner / Re: Sorting Algorithm Animations
« on: May 06, 2009, 02:46 AM »
I've always liked this set of non-animated sorting algorithm visualisations:

Shell Sort

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Living Room / Re: Google Maps on Paper [ScreenToaster promo video]
« on: March 05, 2009, 08:14 PM »
That the map marker shadow was an actual shadow cracked me up :)

This reminds me of a clip I saw a few years back, which showed a real world desktop emulating the windows desktop. I wish I could track it down...

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Living Room / Re: The Greatest Graphic Novel of All Time: Watchmen
« on: March 05, 2009, 08:03 PM »
While I have mad love for pretty much everything Alan Moore writes, I think 'Watchmen' is too firmly steeped in comic tradition to be the 'greatest' graphic novel. Amazingly influential, yes. But when large thematic portions of the story are told via a comic-within-the-comic technique (Moore loves his meta-narrative), it can be a big stumbling block to people who aren't well versed in the history of the genre (and I state this from having pushed the book on everyone I know).

Moore's 'V for Vendetta' is an equally powerful yet entirely self-contained work that I have a lot more success in recommending (or did until the film killed any interest in it with it's godawful, pointless changes). 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' is a lot of fun if you have any familiarity with Victorian literature (and also totally destroyed by a godawful film). His 'Lost Girls' is an astounding work of both pornography & literature. 'Promethea' is one of the best occult primers I've ever encountered.

See? Totally smitten with the guy :)

Other more recent works that I can't recommend enough:
  • Scott Pilgrim - part slacker romance, part video game pastiche, a totally new style in storytelling
  • Barry Ween, Boy Genius - 'Dexter's Lab' meets 'South Park'
  • Girls - one of the most original first contact stories I've ever read
  • Ex Machina - Superheroes meet 'West Wing'
  • Y, The Last Man - Something kills all of the males on the planet but two...

Okay, so some of those are series of trades rather than a singular graphic novel, but they all rock my world.

mouser: did you see that Larry Marder is finally releasing new 'Beanworld' material? There was a Holiday Special released just prior to Xmas, and it looks like Dark Horse is going to re-release the earlier trades as well as continue with new stuff. (I'm really surprised it's with DH given everything he's done for Image over the past decade.)

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I've come across the Python interface before, but not being a huge fan of python myself (shutup tin man :P) I never tried it. After reading your post I decided to give it a once over. The interoperability is rather impressive to me, though I don't see any huge benefit, unless you're really into python and don't mind the additional performance hit.

The benefit is that Python rawks and the only performance speed I really care about is how fast I can develop :)

The examples [1] provided there are a bit rough around the edges, so you will need to do some work to get them to run. If anyone woiuld like assistance in this area, feel free to reply or pm me.

I will definitely take you up on this offer once I start to play around with XULRunner, cheers!

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I'm currently re-learning Java development so I'm wondering what advantages XULRunner would have over Java since they are both cross-platform.
The BIG advantage I can see is it isn't Java ;)

Seriously though, I can see it being more useful to people who are primarily experienced as web developers. XULRunner lets you create desktop apps using HTML/CSS/Javascript, which is a powerful combo if you're already using them.

While I haven't tried it, I do plan on using XULRunner for at least a small project sometime soon, especially as its easy to use Python while doing so: Python XULRunner Application

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Living Room / Re: Selectively Print Only What You Want From Webpages
« on: October 08, 2008, 09:18 PM »
My only problem is that when I clicked on your link I got to try it out but could not find a download link for it. What am I missing?

Probably the bold green "Enter a url to start" field, or the reference just beneath it to the bookmarklet...

It's a web-app, there's nothing to download.  :)

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Living Room / Re: The Best Games You've Never Played
« on: February 07, 2008, 03:05 AM »
I've actually played 'The Dark Eye'... I might even still have a copy lying in a box somewhere.

It was less game than interactive media piece; a framing story drops you into various re-tellings of Edgar Allen Poe stories, including 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and 'The Cask of Amontillado', all tales of murders & victims, with the player forced to act out all the roles in time.

It could be genuinely chilling at times, especially playing late night, kind of a hybrid of 'Myst' & 'Silent Hill'.  The highlights, though, were both totally static pieces: William Burrough's reading 'Masque of The Red Death' and 'Annabel Lee'. I'd pay hard cash for playable copies of those recordings...

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General Software Discussion / Re: Which MP3 tagger do you use?
« on: November 22, 2007, 04:45 AM »
MP3Tag is hands down the best tagger I've used; it even runs (almost) perfectly on Ubuntu under WINE.

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Some IDEs have support for snippets...but there isn't generally a way to port them between IDEs, so I tend to avoid using that functionality.

For those few here who can stomach web apps, I recommend Snipplr  :).

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Living Room / Re: How to stop worrying
« on: September 26, 2007, 07:36 PM »
i 'worry' about whether this kind of thing can work.

consciously you have removed or shifted the thing that is worrying you. subconsciously you have done nothing at all, well, you have performed an action not unlike performing a ritual or token gesture (maybe that is enough for the subconscious to be satisfied).

At least with the GTD approach, writing everything down is only the start of the process. You need to have an established review system as well - one that you totally trust - in order to be able to stop worrying about what you need to do. If you can't rely on it to remind you at the right time, then the worry will creep back in.

Writing lists is easy, staying committed to regular reviews is a lot harder (for me, at least). That's generally where my process starts to fall apart :)

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One misconception is that Mono is not programming language it is silver lights code port API for Linux/OSX.Many of you confused it with .net technology,.net is actual programming language that is competition to java.

.Net is very good and demanding but still it is not cross platform & in future it won't get any further OS than Mac OS X.

Actually, Mono is the open-source implementation of .NET and it does make .NET cross platform; in fact, I'm pretty sure it's the only way to get .NET on OS X right now (excluding virtualisation solutions). A number of the standard Ubuntu apps are running on Mono, such as Tomboy; most of them should be able to run under .NET with minimal adjustment.

Moonlight is the Mono team's open-source implementation of Silverlight.

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Where was something like this 3 years ago? (I could have used it)

3 years ago you should've used why's (poignant) guide to ruby, out of which I'm guessing Hackety Hack evolved :)

why the lucky stiff has a great style, if you're interested in dynamic langs and Ruby in particular his guide makes an excellent starter.

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Maybe they'll offer a Linux installation someday. I'd love to know what people are using on that platform in order to find the better apps.

Debian has the popularity-contest package. Ubuntu have their own results page as well.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Mac Software Clones for Windows
« on: April 22, 2007, 09:52 PM »
I'd really like a windows/linux (preferably both! with data sharing!) version of the minimalist note-taking app, Notational Velocity.

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Hey hissho,

If you're not keen on rolling your own CRM, there are plenty of opensource products out there competing for that marketspace. Probably one of the most highly regarded is SugarCRM, which has both commercial and OS versions available. There are some demos available on the site which should help you identify if it meets your needs (although I do believe it's also very customisable...). You can even just rent their CRM as a server-based service and let them take care of the sysadmin side as well.

This is all based on positive hearsay from others, thouh, as I've mostly avoided it due to its PHP and MySQL foundation, but that's due more to my own preferred development environment than any criticism of SugarCRM's tech choices.

wu wei

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Developer's Corner / Re: Why AJAX is Preferred for RIAs over Java
« on: February 22, 2007, 08:43 PM »
I'm really looking forward to Adobe's Apollo:

"Apollo is a cross-OS runtime that allows developers to leverage their existing web development skills (Flash, Flex, HTML, Ajax) to build and deploy desktop RIA’s."

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Living Room / Re: An Excerpt from Rosenberg's: Dreaming in Code
« on: February 08, 2007, 07:29 PM »
During a particularly horrific uni assignment, I had one nightmare that was completely in assembler.

I'm not entirely sure about Rosenberg's book. Is following the progress of an as-yet unsuccessful application that hasn't delivered on any of its promises really going to teach anyone anything about software development other than "Don't crow about your product until it's launched?" Or, given Rosenberg's last comment in the interview, do you really want your friends and family to think that _all_ developers are a bunch of isolated egotists?

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The article is by Steven Pinker, who wrote (among other titles) The Language Instinct. An incredible book. We really have no idea yet of what we are :)

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Living Room / Re: Bubbl.us: Free Diagramming Tool
« on: February 08, 2007, 06:29 PM »
I like Bubbl.us' direct simplicity, it looks like a great mind-mapping tool.

For more VISIO-like functionality, I really recommend Gliffy.


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Living Room / Re: A mathematical formula for procrastination
« on: January 23, 2007, 07:49 PM »
For another take on the use of mathematical formulas to discuss human behaviour, check out the always entertaining & informative site Bad Science, where they address this kind of nonsense regularly:

It’s not surprising that these equations are so stupid, because they come from the PR companies almost fully-formed and ready to have your name attached to them. I know that because I have received an avalanche of insider stories - Watergate it isn’t - including one from an academic in psychology who was offered money by Porter Novelli PR agency to put his name to the very same Sky Travel equation story that Arnall sold his to. In amongst their aggressive pitch they described how the story would go.

(MediaSlut - Ideas) + Money = CorporateWhore

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Living Room / Re: Alternative way to play music
« on: January 23, 2007, 07:28 PM »
Gjertsen's 'Amateur' is awesome, it's an amazingly illustrative example of how digital music is composed :)

Everyone should try to make music!

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For a cheaper option for the capture process, it's possible to use a digital camera on a fixed stand along with OCR software, in place of a scanner. Here are a couple of article's outlining the process:


The Tesseract OCR project is open and free for personal use. The excellent looking but as yet unreleased application Snapter is also targeting exactly this type of functionality.

(Edited to fix broken links)

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TapTap / Re: Tips and Tricks
« on: November 21, 2006, 04:51 AM »
I was hoping to use Directory Opus to remap the capslock (it catches global hotkeys) however it traps it and triggers whatever I bind but still sets the caps lock as well. Not exactly the functionality I was hoping for.

But that fault isn't with TapTap :)

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TapTap / Re: Tips and Tricks
« on: November 21, 2006, 03:29 AM »
Works perfectly. Finely, that capslock key is free to be remapped :)

Thanks, mouser. That's one hell of a turnaround on bug fixes.

- wu wei

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