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Living Room / Re: Goodbye to my father
« on: May 24, 2016, 08:53 AM »
Life is so fleeting... It is so humbling to be the object of a great man's sacrifices, but it's through those little deaths that we live.

May you be cocooned.

Thank you for sharing your Dad with us; you carry his torch admirably.


Definitely deserved: Congratulations!

Living Room / Re: remember last pdf session
« on: April 14, 2016, 04:23 AM »
PDF Xchange does that.
Have not tested if it stores the file on Open (useful for crash) or Exit (which may not happen for a crash?).
Screenshot - 14_04_2016 , 7_20_39 PM.png

Anyway, it would be in the Recent file list

Living Room / Re: Some photos from our last walk
« on: September 21, 2015, 04:33 AM »
As an aside, this is the first Google Photos slideshow I've viewed, and I'm very impressed.  I'm looking into a photo hosting site, and will need to look seriously at that one.

I don't think you get to play with any settings... you just get what G+ dishes up ;) But it's been a time-saver for a time-poor me ATM

Living Room / Re: Some photos from our last walk
« on: September 18, 2015, 11:05 AM »
A truly enjoyable and impressive presentation. I think I can safely say that, for most of us, that walk would be quite a feet, er…  feat.

Thanks: I was surprised how much Sandi wanted to do this walk again... it was our first longer distance walk back in 2006/7, and really gave us a love for the monastic experience that being alone in the bush gives us. But we spent most of the time saying things like "I don't remember this bit..." or "This bit hasn't changed..."  ;)

It was probably mostly preparation for the Australian Alps, where our intended hike is 781km over 45 days this Spring. That walk will have us climbing and descending 34km!!

Living Room / Re: Some photos from our last walk
« on: September 18, 2015, 10:57 AM »
Beautiful photos, and beautiful presentation -- was it hard to create that presentation?

I'm somewhat embarrassed to say that it was all G+'s work... we're a bit flat out getting things ready for the main walk and I've just let G+ make the story from the uploaded photos  :-[

Living Room / Re: Some photos from our last walk
« on: September 14, 2015, 01:57 AM »
Ah, Curt... we couldn't resist... and the tree was open at the back!!

Reminded us of those old face cut-outs at the fair  :D

Living Room / Some photos from our last walk
« on: September 14, 2015, 12:49 AM »
Sandi and I have just come back from 14 days walking (Newcastle to Sydney), which is in preparation for our walk up through the Australian Alps (Victoria to Canberra). That walk will be over 700km, this one was just 250km.

But a few photos from this walk:

I've been using as it's free on the phone as well.

I'm very happy that I'm not a lost sheep :)

I count the NANY years as some of the happiest I've spent in an online community. I'm more likely to catch up with DC's RSS feed these days, but it's not in the same ball park as being a regular visitor.

I also concur with the underlying sense of guilt that others have mentioned... but there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day.

And we're also spending more days out and about: We've just come back from walking down in the Australian Alps (Google Story: I haven't even blogged that yet :( ), and are planning on doing the 660km of the Australian Alps Walking Track in Spring and the Great North Walk over a couple of weeks in Winter (as final preparations).

It's awesome that DC's 10 and reading this tread has been wonderful (but I've got to start thinking about what thermals we're going to get and how to shave those extra 100gms off our pack weights...)!

One idea that I think would be neat is if we could find a way to get some of the old timers who have meant so much to the site over the years who haven't posted in years to at least come by and make one post and say hello.  I'm thinking of people like Nudone and Skrommel and the like.

Would an interview like thing work? Where have you been? What have you been up to?

Could be done off-site and posted... which would encourage a drop in by the subject  ;)

Living Room / OK: I need some pointers for a web new project
« on: August 29, 2014, 07:25 AM »
How to explain? I need to produce a web page/site crafted for a touch (mobile) environment.

The basis will be a page with a scenic photograph with links to other sites.

What I want to do is have something like an image map so that visitors can see the opportunity to follow a link and follow it if they chose. Because touch has no hover or mouseOver my desktop standards of tooltip and imagemap title fail. I'm wondering about something like a map pin (graphic) over the image as the 'prompt' that there's something there... and click opens a jQuery tooltip? but not sure where to start or if there are other possibilities?

Then (once that's sorted) I'd like to be able to have something like a vote up / vote down functionality to the links. Come to think about it, I'd like to have comments too, but it'd be horrid if it got spammy, so I don't know if there are some smarts that could be employed? Can you limit by location? The site will be accessed via mobile from the same location.

And for extra points: what's the easiest way to allow users to share a photo they've just taken on their phone? I mean upload to the site... and again, I wouldn't want it to get spammy.

All pointers gratefully received!   :-*  It's for a new piece I'm planning for an outdoor sculpture exhibition

Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows
« on: August 22, 2014, 05:17 AM »
I loved it!!

Who did the animation and in what?

Living Room / Re: Do you use a Portrait mode monitor?
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:22 PM »
My main monitor is Landscape, but I have a portrait monitor to the right (that is very handy for reading and doing full A4 views)

Living Room / Re: Hardware Hackers - Need your advice
« on: August 13, 2014, 03:26 AM »
All good thinking, thanks

Living Room / Re: Hardware Hackers - Need your advice
« on: August 13, 2014, 01:01 AM »

Living Room / Hardware Hackers - Need your advice
« on: August 12, 2014, 11:49 PM »
I'm tossing around an idea for a piece for a local exhibition, which will be based around the idea of a photo-booth.

I've done similar things, though at closed functions, where I've written a script to manage the import and mashing together of photos... but this is a bit different.

The basic concept is to have a photo-booth with indwelling computer to manage the taking and displaying of photos (at least that's where I started).

The process would be something like:
1. When computer ready display green light at Go Button
2. User composes themselves and presses Go Button
3. Light displays Red
4. Audio: "1 - 2 - 3 - Smile!"
5. Camera takes photo and saves it
6. Prints receipt
7. Light displays Green
8. Runs image manipulation script
9. Displays image on external display

What I've got no idea about is:
  • the ability to provide a button that starts a process on the computer (I'm thinking that sounds like a mouse?)
  • the ability to do the green / red lights

Living Room / Re: Coming up for a breath...
« on: July 24, 2014, 01:44 AM »
You're the second person to use 'hauntingly beautiful'  :-\  It's not a word that I'd used for it ;)

Yes: started with the concept, but built the animation on the music, and the words (that you'll need to turn captions on to see) came out of the animation and the music...

Living Room / Coming up for a breath...
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:56 PM »
Had my head down, this piece has taken way longer than I thought, but I'm very happy with it (apart from the out-of-the-box credits, but I was rushing at that stage...). I still need to do a voice-over (I've performed it a couple of times now: there are subtitles atm).

for your enjoyment:

It was actually a birthday present for Sandi (wife), which was a couple of weeks late in the end ;)

Yes, I've had my head elsewhere for a while too (reading via a feed)... but it's a great idea, so I'm in.

Living Room / Re: DC/Indie/coder/startup house/condo/etc
« on: May 17, 2014, 03:30 AM »
I tried... but I couldn't resist...

Living Room / Re: DC/Indie/coder/startup house/condo/etc
« on: May 17, 2014, 01:18 AM »
Someplace near upstate ny would work best for me but i'm open to literally anywhere.


General Software Discussion / Re: Mind mapping software
« on: December 29, 2013, 12:48 AM »
Also Compendium which is IBIS based.

I use The Brain extensively at work: found nothing better for project / information management (not a great mind mapper, as in brain-stormer, as such)

General Software Discussion / Re: A new Dropbox Competitor
« on: August 15, 2013, 02:10 AM »
I've been using a Copy account... or rather not, as it's not happy behind the company's firewall. Did discuss with their devs, but they weren't overly worried about fixing.

Cubby, OTOH, works perfectly for me at work and I use it all the time, but not for a lot of stuff.

SpiderOak's new version got more DropBox like, and I've used SO's rooms for 'sending' documents to printers and the like (the way SO's storage works you can have as many copies as you like without it adding up to your allocated space).

I liked the Copy icon  ;)


Yes: when I first learned some years ago of Google's support of the Shweeb (Seen operating here in New Zealand) I thought there had to be better (ie faster) ways of moving... but this sounds quite different.
-Perry Mowbray (August 12, 2013, 10:29 PM)

Doesn't seem practical. Granny sure as heck ain't gonna like that. It excludes large swaths of the population.

Apparently the shweeb takes less energy than walking, and if you've got someone to push you along it takes no energy at all to the pushee and no increase to the pusher  :)

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