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Living Room / Re: Initials That Meant More Than They Realized
« on: September 12, 2012, 11:52 AM »
In reference to the picture in the original post, the World Taekwondo Federation should sue.

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Living Room / Re: Kids E-Book Ideas?
« on: September 11, 2012, 01:23 PM »
Don't don't know the answers to these, but FYI, I recently stumbled on to this
http://www.techsuppo...ree-books-online.htm
Maybe there are some kids' books in there ...

Nice..found a link to 161 Places For Free Children's eBooks Online   there. That will keep me busy for a while. :)

On investigation, ebook is defined very loosely there..any web site with a story on it seems to be considered an ebook. But still worth some digging though.

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Living Room / Re: Kids E-Book Ideas?
« on: September 11, 2012, 12:02 PM »
Don't don't know the answers to these, but FYI, I recently stumbled on to this
http://www.techsuppo...ree-books-online.htm
Maybe there are some kids' books in there ...

Nice..found a link to 161 Places For Free Children's eBooks Online  there. That will keep me busy for a while. :)

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Living Room / Kids E-Book Ideas?
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:42 AM »
School has just started here, and it seems like this may be the (school) year of the e-book. I was already thinking of getting a couple of Kindles,  and my kids told me (after I expressed that I was considering buying some Kindles) that there will be an announcement very soon about increased used of ebook readers or tablets (I know they bought a bunch of iPads). They say some of their classmates already bring these to school.

Most of the children's ebooks I've seen on Amazon are twice the price I would pay for the typical paperback kid's book, so I am having doubts as to whether I would really gain anything other than saving a trip to the public library. Amazon allows you to rent some books from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library once a month, but all they can tell you is they have Harry Potter, the actual books available in the Lending Library are apparently a big secret unless you buy a Kindle.

Aside from paying for ebooks through Amazon, I am looking at borrowing ebooks through the local library. I will consider paying for a library card from out of town. But every library I've checked (including NYPL)  seems to have the same crappy browsing of all juvenile ebooks not categorized by age group.

So I guess I am looking for any of the following:
- Better way to navigate kids ebooks by age group and get suggestions
- Awareness of any independently published children's books or website specializing in kids ebooks that can be read on a Kindle or other reader
- Any suggestions of ebooks kids in the upper single digits (say 7 to 9 years old) can enjoy, that can be borrowed or otherwise obtained inexpensively.
- Any other children's ebook tips


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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: September 11, 2012, 10:53 AM »
My plan is to buy a T-Mobile version of Galaxy S II very soon, used ones seem to be going for about $250 (or closer to 200 if I am patient) and that is about as much bang for buck I can expect right now. Not in the original 150-200 range and not born with ICS,  but meets the other (revised) requirements  and still should be useful for a while.

T-Mobile is supposed to roll out LTE on their AWS (1700/2100)  bands next year, but supposedly it will coexist with their HSPA+ 42 network. (Source: CNET -- see the blockquote there) So I have some hope it will not become a mini tablet when T-Mobile LTE rolls out. Although HSPA+/UMTS will be on the 1900 Mhz band at that point (Source: Fierce Broadband Wireless).

I looked at the Galaxy S Blaze too, and I was going to go with that one since T-Mobile was running a promotion of $299 including $50 refill card, but when I posted this I wanted to post a comparision with the the Galaxy S II (here's one via PhoneArena) , and I saw that the S II specs were not only better, the used ones end up being cheaper because there are so many of them (it's a better known model so I am guessing they produced a lot of these and maybe a lot of people are trading up to the III).

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Living Room / Re: 2G Quad Band in a 3G/4G World
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:24 PM »
I've noticed that T-Mobile USA's 3G bands (UMTS (W-CDMA)/HSPDA) operate using both 1700 and 2100 Mhz frequencies (at the same time) and India also uses 2100 Mhz for its 3G, so that seems to be a happy coincidence for those who travel between both countries.

Apparently T-Mobile will be using 1700 and 2100 Mhz for LTE and move UMTS over to 1900 Mhz in the near future (source: Fierce Wireless). Would existing T-Mobile UMTS phones start supporting LTE at that point? I know jack about the technology, but  I know different phones support different speeds of UMTS/HSPDA+, so it seems too much to ask.

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Living Room / Re: Windows system "aliases"?
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:29 AM »
What happens at Start > Run is somewhat governed by:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths

Look at the pbrush.exe key there in the registry. If you type Start > Run > pbrush, it will run %SystemRoot%\System32\mspaint.exe.

Mainly this is used for Windows to find paths of programs under Start > Run without them having to be in "the path", but I don't see a way to allow the command line arguments which would seem to be needed if you are trying to avoid batch or ahk files to open multiple web pages.


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General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 15 less of a memory hog
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:35 PM »
I can never remember to check Task Manager when it happens, but in Firefox and Waterfox both, I often get a frozen browser for nearly a minute before I can scroll or click on another tab, while seeing a busy cursor (going in circles animation, I guess that replaced the hourglass in Win 7).

I have just set Microsoft Security Essentials to exclude firefox.exe and waterfox.exe from monitored processes to see if that is an issue. Many will recall we had a thread about issues antivirus software was causing with FARR for this reason. So this is just a test at this point. I will let you know how it goes.

AdBlock Plus is a necessity. I've never seen any ethical dilemma there, unless someone believes it is unethical to fast forward through TV commercials, and it cuts down on malware, especially if you have kids. The default for ABP these days is to "allow some non-intrusive advertising" which lets in some text ads, that I'm OK with. Besides that, I have four domains in my exclusion list, the one I remember adding is MakeUseOf.

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Living Room / 2G Quad Band in a 3G/4G World
« on: September 02, 2012, 10:08 AM »
Obviously not every country has 3G, but how far are we on the way toward a 3G/4G equivalent of 2G quad band? Are we there yet?

I've noticed that T-Mobile USA's 3G bands (UMTS (W-CDMA)/HSPA) operate using both 1700 and 2100 Mhz frequencies (at the same time) and India also uses 2100 Mhz for its 3G, so that seems to be a happy coincidence for those who travel between both countries.

Other countries also use the UMTS 2100 band, I see. So it may be a matter of picking your countries from the start and not aiming for universal 3G.

Otherwise I am not seeing much of a movement toward a universal 3G/4G phone, but maybe I am misunderstanding things and will appreciate any insights.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 15 less of a memory hog
« on: September 02, 2012, 07:53 AM »
I am back to regular Firefox again for now. I've had a lot of issues where the cursor goes into swirly mode when I try to switch tabs or scroll down, and been going back and forth between Firefox and Waterfox to try and remediate. (I suppose these would be CPU spikes, but I haven't really been checking Task Manager when it happens.) So I will give this new version a try in the Firefox main build.

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N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge & Release: Image Grid
« on: September 01, 2012, 01:06 PM »
I also agree with JavaJones above that having the option of white borders (margins) between the images would be a plus.  Maybe a standard number, say, 30 pixels.  Or perhaps allow user to choose the actual margin width.

Thanks!



I third it, and I would also like to see an option to fill in space created by non-equally-sized images (which work fine even though this is meant for equally sized images) with "transparent" instead of black.

And it is super useful.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 15 less of a memory hog
« on: September 01, 2012, 09:45 AM »

Even worse, i think opting out from installing the "adware/toolbar" i was unable to even run the browser.  :(
I've got Windows 7 Home Ed. 64 bit at present time so it should work just the same no?

Yes, I was able to opt out and then the new version of Waterfox installed fine. Try it again!

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General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 15 less of a memory hog
« on: September 01, 2012, 08:38 AM »
Something ugly about the Waterfox variant of version 15. By default it wanted to install an antivirus program (AVG) including a toolbar that it said only works in 32-bit browsers (Waterfox is 64-bit), I hate bundleware, and not expecting to see it in something downloaded from Sourceforge. All versions of Firefox freeze like crazy these days to me, I hope this is better.

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: September 01, 2012, 08:03 AM »
Updated phone requirements in original post.

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 31, 2012, 11:26 PM »
Now I am tempted to buy a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant already flashed to CyanogenMod 9 ICS 4.0.4 as a "Phase 1" phone..I better go to sleep though. This is making me crazy.

P.S. Someone bought it for $86

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General Software Discussion / Re: learning programming
« on: August 31, 2012, 07:09 PM »
When I click on the Getting Started link (either from here or from the web site), it closes Firefox for me. Weird.

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 31, 2012, 04:37 PM »
I used The Scream as the image that comes up if my kids go to a blocked site.
 ;D

Love that pic!

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 31, 2012, 01:11 PM »
getting a Windows Phone
(see attachment in previous post)

LOL. I just set up OpenDNS blocking at home and I used The Scream as the image that comes up if my kids go to a blocked site.

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:23 PM »
I came to realize Android 4.x (ICS) is a firm requirement, because Android 4.0 is the first version that supports Devanagari script (and font management on Android seems to be about the same as font management on Palm OS, you'd have to either overwrite the one Unicode font or use an application specific font). I need this for my personal project of learning Hindi, which I have slacked off on lately.

I briefly considered whether I could make an end run around this by changing course and getting a Windows Phone. Unfortunately there is apparently no way at all to get Devanagari script (or Tamil script, or Gujarati script, etc.) on the Windows Phone 7.5 OS. In spite of it being code named mango (the de facto national fruit of India, I think).

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: August 30, 2012, 05:31 PM »
(Please don't ask me what I consider to be the the most dangerous books ever written. :nono2:)
There's two of them, isn't there? (Perhaps three, if you consider the first book to consist of and old and a new part).

Bibles don't kill people, people kill people...;)

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Kneejerk reaction: email shell extension is a separate product? It's not like you need a big honking Outlook toolbar button to send zipped files.

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Living Room / Re: Apple v Samsung Verdict is in
« on: August 26, 2012, 06:34 AM »
An INFINITE number of sides! I will patent the CIRCLE WITH ROUNDED CORNERS~! ;D :P

I wonder who owns the "patents" to Palm OS these days:

http://redwan.poster...ology-through-my-eye

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This reminds me of why I am wary of dual boot set-ups. Someone could write a Windows virus to attack your Linux system files, or a Linux virus to attack your Windows system files. In either case any normal antivirus software would not be running.

Not sure if that exists in real life, either.

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What makes Crisis interesting is that it appears to be specifically looking for virtualized environments and is therefore believed to be the first malware to spread onto a virtual machine.

Looks like they left out an adverbial phrase there.

Now that I realize Renegade didn't take this a grammar nazi type comment  :D

What I meant by this is that they make it sound like make it sound like no virtual machine has ever had malware ever, which is obviously not true.

I would say something like "What makes Crisis interesting is that it appears to be specifically looking for virtualized environments and is therefore believed to be the first malware to spread onto a virtual machine by manipulating the files on the host machine" or something like that.


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Oh, oh. Thanks rgdot, I was confused there. Don't know why I thought it was to me. I'm definitely not that ^m(.*)f(.*) smart. ;)

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