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Living Room / Re: Your favorite quotes?
« on: December 04, 2008, 09:41 AM »
Hrmmm.. Since I am re-reading "Snow Crash" I'll go with my two favorite from that book.

"Condensing fact from the vapor of nuance"

and the wise observation of when to concede an argument:

"In a fight for possession of a sword, the guy with the handle wins."

General Software Discussion / Re: Redirect screen output to clipboard
« on: November 14, 2008, 09:23 PM »
No problem at all, I've got a bunch of these little command line apps lying around that do really specific things, glad someone else got some use out of one of them  :D

General Software Discussion / Re: Redirect screen output to clipboard
« on: November 13, 2008, 10:44 PM »
Ok.. here it is:


Pretty simple to use:

* This will copy the output from dir /b to clipboard
dir /b | clipcopy

* This will do the same but echo out to stdout at the same time ( like tee )
dir /b | clipcopy -e

* This will dump the text contents of the clipboard to stdout
clipcopy -g

* So you can dump the clipboard contents to a file like this

clipcopy -g > clipboard.txt

* You can also put strings directly on the clipboard like this

clipcopy this is going to the clipboard

Well, that is about all it does, you can type clipcopy -h for usage..

I compiled it with VS 2005 SP1 so you probably need the runtime if you don't already have it, if you do need it you can get it HERE

~enjoy  :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Redirect screen output to clipboard
« on: November 13, 2008, 02:39 PM »
Ok... I'll get something up on the site and post here when I do, since there is an interest.

General Software Discussion / Re: Redirect screen output to clipboard
« on: November 13, 2008, 09:55 AM »
I wrote a small command line app in C++ I use all the time to do this.. If you are interested I could throw it up on my website..

General Software Discussion / Re: Multi-threaded software
« on: July 30, 2008, 09:47 AM »
There is a really good article over at CodingHorror.. It is a bit old, but still very relevant Quad Core Desktops and Diminishing Returns

Thanks.. that is good to hear..

All my formatting from web clips was pulled over to 3.0, but every rich text note I created by hand ( by holding down CTRL, clicking the note type, and choosing Rich Text note ) came over as plain text.. no idea why..

Have you imported your 2.2 databases? Did they retain their formatting? I'm still using 2.2 until the import feature works..

I've been an Evernote 2 user for a long time and I love it ( portable version ), I could not live without it in my daily life along with TodoList. Been waiting for forever for the webclipper to work with FireFox 3, so glad they finally updated it. I've been testing with the closed beta for a while now, and have not been impressed. Like others here I think it feels pretty clunky compared to 2, and every version I have tested with crashes when importing 2.2 databases. I get very little response from the 3.0 beta forum on problems and questions. I have yet to get an answer on why notes imported from 2.2 into 3.0 loose all their rich text formatting, I've bumped the thread a few times and never gotten an answer. The 3.0 product seems to be moving in a completely different direction from what I like about 2.2 and what I use it for.. Oh well, at least I have my web clipper back  :D

Living Room / Re: AGP 4x on 8x Mainboard
« on: June 02, 2008, 08:19 PM »
I do believe they are.. I was in a similar situation and used a 4x card in an 8x system. But you have to be careful about voltages.. check out the compatibility notes here Accelerated Graphics Port

For really old code or inherited code written by someone else I usually run it through Doxygen to get a feel for what is where, but I have also done the flowcharting thing get a better handle on the logic too as well as adding some tracing to the code or even stepping though it in a debugger.

When I started working for Rational Software in 2000, the first thing they did was send me to a Object Oriented Analysis and Design course and it nearly killed me  :D. I like Mouser's point about practice, it is so true, you really learn by doing. Back when I took that course I was reading everything I could on the subject and it all became so academic. For me it all started to fall into place when I took the basic OOP methodology and applied it to small,manageble projects, with a very well defined problem domain, and after a while it became easier and easier to see what needed to be an object and how behaviors should be implemented, and when a logical section of code became too long I could feel myself wanting to break it up into manageable contained parts that could be reused. Once all that starts happening, the design comes much easier earlier in the project, because you start to see the problem and solution from an object oriented perspective. I also helps to design small functional units that can be easily tested, rather than a monolithic code base that is like a black box.   I also think Gothi[c] had a good point about looking at real working code bases with good OOP design. I learned a lot from the Ogre3D engine. Steve Streeting is very serious about the OO design of that engine and keeps it really clean and well commented.  Hopefully my ramblings had some helpful thoughts.. I can never tell when I had this much coffee  :-\..

General Software Discussion / Re: Nero Vision replacement
« on: May 30, 2008, 09:43 PM »
I use DVDFlick all the time to burn video files to DVDs and I've had really good luck with it. :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Hosting options for new website
« on: May 30, 2008, 09:39 PM »
I recently moved my site to, I have had no complaints and it beat the pants off my last host as far as features to price ratio.

I pay $94 for the year with unlimited domains.. I don't have a high traffic volume so I can't speak to that, but I'm pretty happy with the service and the public forums are very friendly, helpful, and support techs get involved in the discussion.

I think that is a IBM ThinkPad 750 9545 if I'm right.. These adapters should work:
( lots of parts on ebay too )

According to WikiPedia

ThinkPad 700 series
    The 700 series (700, 701, 720, 730 (tablet), 750, 755, 760, 765, 770 (many with sub-models)) were the cutting-edge Intel-based ThinkPads. They featured the best screens, largest hard drives and fastest processors available at the time. This was the first successful ThinkPad introduced in 1992 (the first ThinkPad was a tablet PC without a keyboard and a mouse).


Living Room / Re: It is pitch dark...
« on: May 28, 2008, 12:34 PM »
Text adventures were the most amazing thing I had ever seen when I was a freshman in high school just learning about computers. The first thing I learned was that I had a long way to go...

We must of been in High School at the same time.. I was playing Zork II on my Epson 8088 my freshman year.. good times...

There is one game I would be interested in that I can't find on Google either. It was a text adventure written to take advantage of Apple II's split-screen graphics mode (top half of the screen was graphic mode and the bottom would display 5 or 6 lines of text) I think it was called "Cliffhanger" or some such, but my memory fails me.

I've collected a ton of emulators and games for multiple platforms, but I have not collected any Apple II stuff yet.

You can try here, maybe one of the titles will jog your memory:


or maybe this:

Living Room / Re: It is pitch dark...
« on: May 28, 2008, 09:10 AM »
I still have the Lost Treasures of Infocom on my palm and play all the time and see Steve Meretzky one in a while at the PostMortem game dev meetings here in Boston, very funny guy. I can't tell you how many times I have had to explain my "It is dark, you are likely to be eaten by a grue" T-shirt to people under 30 or over 40, seems it is a 10 year window where we were obsessed with text adventures.

The text adventure scene is still pretty active with the inform interpreter still being used and the new TADS interpreter. There is a lot of great home-brew text adventures out there. You can get most of them here

If anyone is interested I added text-to-speech to the WinFrotz interpreter to help blind gamers play the old text adventure games without the need for screen reader software, you can check it out here: ifTTS, here is an example of the start of Zork II.

If you enjoy the NerdCore stuff and MC Frontalot  check out this site:, especially Kill Dash Nine by Monzy, which is one of my favorites, with lines like this, how can you not like it:

You’re running csh and my shell is bash,
You’re the tertiary storage; I’m the L1 cache.
I’m a web crawling spider; you an Internet mosquito;
You thought the 7-layer model referred to a burrito.
You’re a dialup connection; I’m a gigabit LAN.
I last a mythical man-month; you a one-minute man.
It’s like I’m running Thunderbird and you’re still stuck with Pine,
Which is why I think it’s time for me to KILL DASH NINE.


Living Room / Re: Best Programming Jokes
« on: May 21, 2008, 10:42 PM »
This one always incites groans to any group of software engineers I tell it to ( and rightly so )

Did you know why real programmers do not know the difference between Halloween and

Because   Oct31 = Dec25


Living Room / Re: LibriVox: Free Audiobooks
« on: May 14, 2008, 03:30 PM »
If you are looking for classics.. I'm a big H.G. Wells fan.. The text is a bit dated.. but that gives is a real steampunk feel.. "First Men in the Moon"

Living Room / Re: LibriVox: Free Audiobooks
« on: May 14, 2008, 02:15 PM »
I listen to a lot of librivox stuff and other audio books from

Listen to free audio books and poetry recordings! This library of audio books and poetry features digital recordings and MP3's from the Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, LibriVox, Project Gutenberg, Maria Lectrix, and Internet Archive users.

The MindWebs radio programs are good too .. Vincent Price's Three Skeleton Key is one of my favs  :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: File Sync questions
« on: May 14, 2008, 08:29 AM »
I added the ability to use environment variables in paths because my USB drive letter changes..

General Software Discussion / Re: File Sync questions
« on: May 13, 2008, 09:28 PM »
I have gotten use to pathsync for doing syncs between my main system and my portable drive, source is available so I've added a few of my own tweaks. Works great for me.

General Software Discussion / CLCL and RDP
« on: May 13, 2008, 02:09 PM »
I just recently upgraded my MS Remote Desktop client to 6.0.6000.16386 to allow me to connect to our servers and it seems that when CLCL is running mstsc.exe pegs my CPU and I'm not able to use the shared clipboard. Is there anyone else seeing this behavior?

If you want to go the freeware route, there is Diagram Designer or Dia..

Living Room / Re: Programmer's keyboard (funny)
« on: May 05, 2008, 08:55 AM »
 ;D that was great.. had to print and hang it right next to this in my office ... thanks for the laugh

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