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Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: a Self-Contained Archive
« on: November 19, 2007, 06:26 PM »
There is no need to be sorry, I just was not sure if we talk about the same thing. :)

image files
I am not trying to patronise, or to correct you, but I think that most people will understand the term "image" (eg ISO image, CD image, diskette image) like this: It is a file that represents an exact copy of the entire filesystem on the CD/floppy. There are also hard disk images possible. The image file can also be compressed, eg Ghost Images, WinImage files (*.imz). But this is not written in stone.

I think now that we are indeed talking about the same thing: A single standalone EXE with the possibilities that you mentioned. And a build-in "budding/cloning" option, so you would not have to copy an existing instance (which might be BIG), and then delete all the files from inside to get a new/empty archive (single standalone EXE).

I don't want to get your hopes up, but I regard your idea as a very interesting one. I will try and see what I can do. Just so you know what to expect, I'm not the fastest coder in the west, that title is definitely taken. For me it will be a challenging project that I use to teach myself some advanced aspects in programming. Maybe/hopefully a true programmer will step in and deliver a solution before I get to write as much as a GUI for this. My first attempt will be to create such an application, without encryption or compression, so it is a waste of space (you can have that by creating an normal folder). Other than that, it could serve as a bad example for writing code, or we could show it to a real programmer and ask for directions how to implement zip compression (with encryption).

Actually "spawning" might be a better alternative to call the process of creating a new/empty archive.


Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: a Self-Contained Archive
« on: November 19, 2007, 12:59 PM »
but it is more easy for the users if it is built-in to the image/app file

What image/app file are you referring to? I talk about the standalone EXE that you requested. I have taken the liberty to modify your lovely picture so you can see what I mean.

I also would like to adjust my terminology like such (took me a while to find the correct english word):
"Mother" is the standalone EXE in the picture above. Child is the "newborn" standalone EXE that you can name, that is empty, and that has the default icon recreated. This process is not cloning but budding. Sorry for not including a picture of SpongeBob budding, I failed to find one.


Living Room / Re: Poem of English Pronunciation
« on: November 17, 2007, 08:08 PM »
I grew up in the neighborhood of Pfalz, Germany namely Saarland, Germany. And I remember that as a child, my teachers were always trying to get us to speak proper German. They did that by telling us that my local dialect sounds stupid and uneducated. In Saarland, some schools teach french as the first foreign language, which makes it the third language that I learned before I ever learned any English. After having worked in the UK for more than ten years, I now regard my dialect no more stupid than eg the swiss dialect, (a variation on the German language) that is even spoken on their national television. I have worked in Switzerland as well and know from personal experience that even lectures are held in their dialect.

Anyway, I would miss it when local dialects or Scottish, Irish, South African, Australian and so on, disappeared. It adds so much colour (mind the "u") to the language. I have found that "Queens English" is invaluable for an German in Birmingham, Huddersfield or Ashington (all UK), given the fact that you want to communicate. I remember my first day in the UK, when I could not answer the question "Would you like a cup of tea?" because I understood not a single word of it.


Living Room / Re: drum program
« on: November 17, 2007, 07:40 PM »
Hi jgpaiva,

Now I have to look up "pejorative" as well. But I did understand
that nick is considered abusive/offensive

Thanks for enlightenment.

Hi f0dder,

after having learned my lession, I see now that your comment was not a bad joke, but a sign of your caring for people that might be offended. Hope you weren't offended by me being shocked, and writing about it.


Living Room / Re: drum program
« on: November 17, 2007, 07:18 PM »
OK, I have read How did "faggot" get to mean "male homosexual"? pointed to by google. I did misunderstand it as a unusual spelling of a musical instrument. In my mother language there is an instrument called "Fagott", and in my ignorance I thought it may be the same or similar in English, (as is the case for other instruments like organ=Orgel, trumpet=Trompete ...).

Now I wonder whether the members of this forum actively discourage the membership of people that are homosexual and admit to it. Or is there some taboo attached to the nickname, that I still don't get?


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