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I'm Jesse. No, not that Jesse. Another one. Similar in age, though.

(I've never been to New York. I think I've seen Manhattan from a seaside road in Connecticut one New Year's weekend during the late '90s. If that is not possible, I was (obviously) seeing something else. I think I had switched planes in Chicago that trip, but I can't remember. I probably recorded the details in a journal I was keeping at the time, not that THAT is relevant in this message.)

I've followed donationcoder.com for many, many years, but very little since mid-2017-or-so. The top-right text on this page says "Proudly celebrating 15+ years online." so that might tell you something.  Oops! That's the site's time online. I apparently joined in 2007. :)  So I've been here since the year the site's online time was approximately two years.

I live alone in the western United States. I've accomplished the majority of the things I wanted to accomplish in life according to the "bucket list" (if you will) of my life I dreamed up when I was around six years old (e.g. graduate from high school, graduate from college, etc.). Some, though, are no longer possible, mostly as a result of external events, such as "look down from the top of one of the World Trade Center towers." Others from my age six bucket list are much less likely: "Marry someone during or after University with whom to have a family."

I will amend this message later if I can and if I think of additional relevant information to provide.

I no longer live where I lived when I first donated and received my Cody memorabilia. I somehow misplaced my beloved package from DonationCoder one night while showing it to an extended family member at a frozen yogurt shop. (at least, I think that's where it was misplaced...I never found it again.)  :'(

I love to learn (as I always have), despite the aggravating detriments with which I now live that make it an uphill battle. I hope I never reach a point at which my ability to continue learning reaches an end.

The extended family member to whom I referred above helped to ignite, or to fuel, my love of learning. During grad school and later, he would visit his wife's parents' home (where we interacted) and ask me questions—thought-provoking questions—to which I would respond. Even decades later, waiting in line at the dentist's office (probably between late 2010 and early 2012), he'd ask me questions, seemingly out of the blue, such as, "How could two people, each at a different place on Earth's surface but with no quick method of communication, observe a future event at the same time using something they can both agree upon? (I'm not sure, and cannot remember, whether the event was merely observed or was a message sent and encrypted and/or decrypted using that simultaneously-observed, specific event.)

I remember, though, that my answer involved the two people looking toward the same place in the distant sky at an aspect of the universal microwave background radiation to determine the precise time (because the UMBR would be the same at the same time to all of Earth). I can't remember whether I considered using that specific snapshot (known to both people despite their separation) of the UMBR as the basis for an encryption and/or decryption key for any potential later message. It might instead have been merely used as a way of synchronizing clocks, so to speak, so the two people could do something else which required synchronicity, such as a single transmission, which could never be repeated, from one to the other using a "fast" way of communicating.

But I digress, as I am wont to do. Anyway, there you have it: some train-of-thought typing from my brain to my fingers.

As I said above, I'll modify this message if I notice grammatical errors, typos, misspellings, etc. (things like that stick out in my vision like sore thumbs! For whatever reason, my brain notices tiny, especially incorrect, details, without effort!), or other things which will make little sense unless I provide further exposition. (Those various things are embarrassingly common in my typed text after I've typed something while in a state of great fatigue such as the one I am currently experiencing!)

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Have a look at Password Safe, originally written by Bruce Schneier using Twofish encryption with security in mind and released into the public domain or essentially licensed as freeware (?). Many things have been added since those days and it's very nice IMO.  Shneier's original Password Safe page, last time I checked, was relatively outdated with links to different versions that were faulty links, etc. The current Windows and Linux versions are maintained by somebody on SourceForge (link below).

Availability: It's on SourceForge and an Android version is available on Google Play from Jeff <somebody>. Multi-platform, good encryption, etc. many features I haven't listed. Jeff (whoever) always seems to update the Android version as soon as a new version becomes available on SourceForge. It's a trustworthy version.

The PasswordSafe Sync program for Android makes syncing your password files via a cloud account easier, but it pops up a full-screen ad when you use it. I've found (for me) ways to get by without the separate PS Sync program, but they aren't as automated.

I'm pretty sure you'd be able to find a version of PS for any platform for which you desire a password manager.

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Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Generate sequential serial numbers
« on: July 12, 2012, 02:52 PM »
FWIW, I think there's been a genuine misunderstanding here. My impression is of two people intending to be helpful. I can learn a little something from either side of the discussion, so thank you both.

I don't think it's a matter of IQ. If another is better at something than I, that doesn't necessarily result from a higher IQ than mine (though in my own case it almost certainly does mean that — the "For Dummies" series was clearly written for those like me). It probably means that the other has more or different experience.
-cranioscopical (June 25, 2012, 07:00 PM)

I think you're correct (from what I've read) with your first paragraph and I would "+1" your post for that paragraph...

However, the second paragraph is a little confusing:  As it is most-commonly used (IMO), "IQ" is a number which indicates someone's "intelligence" (Intelligence Quotient, with average being 100 and many other words describing other ranges of IQ values).  I think that's how you are using it.  Anyway, the standard IQ test is pretty limited in scope and might result in widely-varying results for different people based only on how they cognitively interpret the questions (their method of attack or thought patterns while considering how to respond) and how well they can recall lists of items, for example.  Some people who score in the 70s on IQ tests can thumb through a book in a few seconds and then tell you immediately on which page such-and-such event in the book occurs, or how many times a word is used in the text, etc.  That's just one example of how IQ might misrepresent one aspect of the brain.  (I'm thinking loosely of Kim Peek, the person on whose life the movie "Rain Man" was based.)

My second paragraph above is merely 'food for thought', since the thread's topic has mutated a few times already...

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For the moment, what do you need for frames -> seconds? Both PAL and NTSC? Are there others?

From what I remember about analog video standards, SECAM was the third.  There are variations on those, also, it seems.  This page has some detail (I googled SECAM... whee) regarding those standards.  Specifically, charts on the page showing, for each standard, the lines per field, horizontal/vertical frequencies, color subcarrier frequency (for PAL and NTSC), sound carrier frequency, and video bandwidth.

Other links on the site provide interesting info, but other/better (?) sources for the conversion data are probably easily found.  That site seems to want to charge for the service of performing video conversions between standards and I tend to be suspicious of commercial sites :deal: hiding behind pretending to be  embedded within informative sites.  A personal problem of mine, perhaps.

In other words:  If you add those conversions, to ensure accuracy, you might want to cross-reference the information provided there (or wherever you obtain it) with information from other sources.

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Living Room / Re: Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions
« on: August 16, 2010, 10:53 PM »
[...]humor and irony: at the end he put on an ancient hard disk as sort of a heiligenschein and blessed us[...]

Einer Heiligenschein ist (auf Englisch): "halo" oder "nimbus" ....

That is to say, a "heiligenschein" is a "halo" or "nimbus" ...

O:-)

(I don't use German frequently enough to feel comfortable publicly writing sentences sometimes--like now. )

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