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Certainly a fun theory, but that would be an awful lot of to-do about nothing.  Such a vast conspiracy needs a president or a powerful senator or at least a talk show host -- not a sketch commedian :D

OK, I think that the short-term licenses are a bit crazy, but give them some credit.  There's a non-expiring option as well -- Free updates "forever".  I don't think 109 dollars is particularly expensive for an application you consider to be the best in its class.  I've paid more for my favorite graphics program and know I'll be paying an upgrade fee next major version change.  The difference, here, is Pixarra is telling you straight up how long you've got rather than leaving it to the version numbering.

The way I see it, while seeming strange in presentation, they have a really cool licensing program.  The software is 109 dollars and you never have to pay to upgrade.  If you only need graphic software for a temporary project, you can buy a time limited license.

I wish more software companies offered non-expiry, personally.

As for licensing programs that bug me, I'm not fond of Eudora's $50/year plan, but if I think about it -- I pay more per year for something I'd use less (if I were a Eudora user, that is).  My pet peave, though, is Linspire -- after you buy the OS at 80 or so bucks, you're going to need a paid subscription to their software warehouse to make the OS remotely useful.  The Linspire guy who writes the newsletter is always calling Microsoft an evil giant--only difference I see between MS/Linspire is Linspire isn't giant but at least as evil.

Living Room / Re: Cody Clothes
« on: February 13, 2006, 06:20 AM »
Put cody in some chains and lether and . . .
Or maybe a snorkel.

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: BatchFTP
« on: February 11, 2006, 07:48 PM »
Thanks, nudone.

--Mouser, yeah -- any webmaster is going to have some repeat uploads -- this eliminates the need to use the file list more than once.  And the automated stuff I imagine could be invaluable if you have deadlines and don't necessarily want to have to push the buttons yourself.  The latter doesn't apply to me, but the batches have been good to me.

I haven't even tried the "auto" mode, which just transfers and clears the queue like a normal ftp client.  What's the point? :D

General Software Discussion / Re: Mobysaurus V2.4 Preview 2
« on: February 11, 2006, 04:28 PM »
1) When I try to edit the html for any of the template, nothing happens -- does this require a specific editor be installed?

Technically, it's bug (though 99% of all users would never notice). Thanks for letting me know. :) I'll correct this in the next release.

Yeah, I am drawn to tweaking options when I see them.  Obviously this isn't a bug that has any real impact on the value of the program ;)

Well, both Moby and Handy support (customizable) system-wide hotkeys. For Mobysaurus, the hotkey is Ctrl + F3 by default, and for Handy, Ctrl + F11.

Ah, you got me.  I wasn't paying attention ;)  Great stuff.

You're right, the app's still not user-friendly enough. Better work on this. :)

Unlike mouser, I rather like the menu based interface, I hide toolbars in most of my applications -- but I just hadn't found everything yet, obviously ;)

Really a good idea. Although a lot harder for me to implement. :)

Yup, just throwing it out there in case.

Mouser:  MDI and tabbed interfaces differ only that in a tabbed interface, all windows are forced maximized, basically.  Opera offers both options--the difference basically being whether or not the "tab" bar is shown.  In an MDI, you could have all maximized with a tab/button bar --just like a tab interface, while allowing people like me to view multiple sections at once in MDI.  This is, of course, a moot point since it's such a big feature request and I imagiine there are more pressing and easier to implement feeatures ;)

Thanks for the quick response, Moby.  I'll bother you more later I'm sure ;)

Mini-Reviews by Members / BatchFTP
« on: February 11, 2006, 03:48 PM »
Once upon a time, I used BulletProof ftp religiously -- it's small, straight forward, no frills, gets the job done . . . and a solid 30 bucks.  Too bad I lost my registration and they can't retrieve it for me.  I also spent a few years toying with various versions of CuteFTP/CuteFTP Pro -- a solid FTP client, but with a bit of a shocker price tag if all you need to do is upload a few files now and again.

A couple years ago, I stumbled into a new FTP client, largely unheard of and still in very early beta.  I was skeptical, when I could find no ties to a public version prior to 6 or 7 -- but decided to give it a whirl -- after all, I was in the market for an FTP client and "free beta" was just the right price.  I loved it, then I was away from my computer . . . but this last week, when I was unable to chmod via ftp.exe, I re-discovered BatchFTP when I remembered they'd sent me a 50% discount code for my beta input.  I was too late to claim the code, but quickly send them my money-- BatchFTP more polished than ever with a few new features, to boot.  Listen: If you maintain a website, I think you should download it.  Really.

I'll warn anyone trying it for the first time -- your first few sessions will most likely feel a bit awkward and you'll wonder if I know what I"m talking about, lending my approval to BatchFTP.  You're going to need to let her be your primary client for at least a few days, preferably a week or two, to really appreciate how valuable she is.

That warning aside, I'll say this -- I've tried pretty much every client that has a free trial over the years -- and think I know what to expect.  Each client will have its own unique features, but there are quite a few things that are generally identical from one client to another -- namely the connection manager.  You open a folder/tree panel or popup and save ftp connections, maybe making duplicates with different default folders, to account for separate projects.  This is where BatchFTP threw me at first.  There isn't an immediate connection manager.

Instead, you go to create a new connection and it brings you to a "Batch Properties" editor.  This is not only the name of BatchFTP, but the heart and soul of it -- the aspect of it that sets it apart.  So pay attention, here, this simple connection setup is important.


It's simple enough, you input your server settings like any other ftp connection.  You move on to the file transfer tab and setup the default local and remote folder, toggle on a log file if you want one and set the "Overwrite Policy" -- this single option is very important if you want to be left with a good impression of BatchFTP. 


See, BFTP doesn't use one rule for overwrites across the program -- it's based on the batch itself.  If you're going to want to overwrite these files in the future, select always overwrite, prompt or date smart.  Before I noticed this option, I uploaded a file many times wondering why nothing was changing . . . Silly me!  Move on to the next tab, you can set up some file filters if you don't want to see .txt files or images or . . . well, whatever you don't want to see. 

Then finally the Advanced tab -- this is important.  Not so much now, but keep it in mind.  First, let me explain something --> BatchFTP immediately assumes you're going to be uploading and downloading the same files over and over again, as if you're going to update your script or website in the future.  If there's a lot of stuff to upload, you might want BFTP to close after its done.  Or you might want it to launch a program, maybe your browser, when its done.  Or you might want your computer to shut off, since you yourself are already fast asleep.  You can do this here.

I'd mentioned that BatchFTP assumes you might not want to watch it while it uploads . . . It also assumes that you may not want to coddle this along.  It assumes you may want to be out drinking that night when the update needs to be made.  Here's the sweet spot -- see, when you select a file for upload, it doesn't upload (unless you turn off Batch Mode, but who'd want to do that?) -- it queues it.  When you're satisfied with you queue, you can hit F5 and send the files to the server -- but, hey -- you have BatchFTP, you have windows -- let BatchFTP insert an item in windows scheduler.  When the time is right, BatchFTP will wake herself up, send the files on their merry way, and then shut herself and if you want your computer down.  It couldn't be easier.


Need to update the website again next week? Items aren't deleted from queue! That batch is saved, buddy.  You can add to it, remove from it, reuse it as is -- Batch to your heart's content.

Other than weekly sending my fSekrit files and a few other things to the server for backup, I don't use the automated stuff, I don't have deadlines.  But I do have batches for all my web projects.  When I load the batch, all the files I routinely update are already in queue, I don't have to scroll around looking for them.  I just check a box in front of the ones I want and send them on.  It saves a lot of time.  It works slick.


Most FTP clients do support some or all of these features, some more than others -- but in every other case I've encountered, batch operations and automata are afterthoughts.  BatchFTP is built around the idea that you're going to upload the same files more than once and it is streamlined to support this ideology.

Both times I've picked up BatchFTP, after the initial "Getting used to" time, I find myself preferring it over the slim BPFtp; over the powerful but convoluted CuteFTP; and over the somewhat clunky, albeit free, FileZilla -- I won't continue trying to apply names to all the rest, you get the idea.

Bottom line, BatchFTP is an elegant, effective, time saving FTP client for both the power user and low-maintenance hobbyist.  The only thing left to discuss is the price -- which, despite all the love I feel it deserves, is -not- 49.95.  It's not even 29.95.  Ladies and gentlemen, it's not 19.95.  All this automata, this convenience, this FTP wonder . . . is a mere 14.95 -- and that license means you can use it on not one, but two computers.  You can't beat that with stick, no sir.

For further information (or just to distance yourself from my gushing), wander on this way...
BatchFTP Home
BatchFTP Screenshots -- Lots of them, with annotation
BatchFTP Tutorials

Developer's Corner / Re: Best Programming Beer
« on: February 11, 2006, 03:07 PM »
I'm a simple man, with simple taste.  Plus, I like decent taste at a cheap price.  So I just down loads of Budweiser.  But that's not until later in the vening, to get me to quit coding ;)

I'm a big fan of Bavarian -- which tastes very, very close to Heineken but for about half the price.  Unfortunately, I just can't find it up here.

General Software Discussion / Re: Mobysaurus V2.4 Preview 2
« on: February 11, 2006, 09:59 AM »
Indeed, thanks.  So far, enjoying mobys.

Couple quick things
1) When I try to edit the html for any of the template, nothing happens -- does this require a specific editor be installed?

2) System wide keyboard shortcuts to launch mobys., or Handy Moby, directly from the tray would be great.  I really appreciate all the keyboard shortcuts within the program, now if I could  just get into the program without having to reach for the mouse.  (Mouser ate my mouse.)

3) With all the different features/functions, mobysaurus would work really, really well as an MDI -- composer open here, thesaurus there.  I understand that would be a huge job to implement, just an idea for the 10 year plan :D

General Software Discussion / Re: Mobysaurus V2.4 Preview 2
« on: February 11, 2006, 08:18 AM »
The website seems to not work ATM -- do you have a direct download link?

Developer's Corner / Re: Best Programming Music
« on: February 11, 2006, 07:59 AM »
Im more for:
Rob Zombie
Bob Marley
Sean Paul

Musicially, you're my antithesis and I you :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Good pixel/bitmap editor?
« on: February 11, 2006, 06:21 AM »
Sounds like Graphics Gale to me -- rather light weight, easy to use -- zoomed in pixel editing is its strength/primary emphasis.  To work with most of those file formats, though, you'd have to pay for it or copy/paste the graphics in/out.

Developer's Corner / Re: Best Programming Music
« on: February 10, 2006, 08:43 PM »
Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" has always been a great album for opening floodgates of creativity and productivity.  I also enjoy a playlist of a few hundred Alphaville tracks.  Finally, I've never gone wrong with Blue Mars streams.

Developer's Corner / Re: indent wars..
« on: February 10, 2006, 08:38 PM »
Reading related information . . . now there's a thought :D

Developer's Corner / Re: indent wars..
« on: February 10, 2006, 05:54 PM »
I originally started using spaces rather than tabs after writing a web-based file editor for use away from home.  Pressing tab would knock me out of the box, so I just got accustomed to double tapping the space bar.  (as it was, I'd already decreased tab size to 3, then 2 spaces to decrease wasted whitespace).

It does make sense to match start/end brackets in the same column for easy glancing for unclosed brackets.  I end up relying on my text's matching bracket highlighter.  If it matches with the wrong bracket or none at all, I missed something ;)

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: GeminiSoft Pimmy
« on: February 10, 2006, 07:21 AM »
I can't believe I forgot to mention the mp3 player, that's a big perk to having it on your USB drive! Carry a couple mp3's with you and play them while you check your e-mail.

Mini-Reviews by Members / GeminiSoft Pimmy
« on: February 10, 2006, 07:05 AM »
Historically, Pimmy has been an incredibly small mail client designed with portability in mind.  Drop the program's folder on a floppy disk or, in this day and age, USB flash drive and you're ready to go.  As of this morning, Pimmy is officially version 4.0 -- and packing quite a wallop for its mere 750k!

I've always felt the need to try nearly every mail client to be released, even when completely happy with the one I'm using, so I've tried quite a few.  I've used more powerful clients than Pimmy . . . and I've used smaller clients than Pimmy -- but I have never used something that was this small and powerful.

Pimmy is happily suited to handling multiple e-mail accounts and streamlines this with filtering capabilities more powerful than most "full" mail clients I've used (not all mind you, most), can be used for reading/replying to newsgroups, and fetches RSS feeds.  Aside from these bigger things, they haven't missed the details either -- little things are present, like the ability to configure multiple sender profiles with unique reply to info and signatures; a plethora of keyboard shortcuts for common tasks and even the ability to rot13 or password encode blocks of text in the composer.

The way you organize things in Pimmy is a bit different from the traditional approach, and I think it works really well.  It's a tabbed interface, not a true MDI -- switching tabs swaps your entire view. 


Create a tab for your RSS feeds, another for your newsgroups, another still for your work mail and one for your personal mail.


Pimmy 4.0 isn't free, as previous versions of Pimmy were -- a license will cost you twenty USD but I have no qualms with that.  Pimmy has always been a remarkable application and unrivaled for a portable mail client.  This release raises the bar further, making Pimmy 4.0 capable of accommodating full-time, rather than just on the go, use.  The caveat there, is with a large mail base (thousands of messages) she can get a little slow if you're selectively viewing messages ( ctrl+g to filter messages by text/subject, ctrl+h to filter by read/unread).  In this day and age of gmail, I find myself not needing a larger more resource intensive mail client as I once did.  I use Pimmy for the every day downloading/reading and leave my archiving to gmail. Which brings to light another caveat--Pimmy doesn't natively support SSL, but they do have a nice quick guide to using "Stunnel" to connect to SSL servers.

Bottom line, Pimmy is an excellent choice for on-the-go users or users who need something small but effective for home and on the go.  It's not a great choice for e-mail pack rats who like to keep all their mail in the same place over the years, it's just not geared to handle that kind of bulk.

You can...
 View What's New in Pimmy 4.0
View the Full Feature set
Download Pimmy

Living Room / Re: Pet Dino Robot
« on: February 09, 2006, 09:43 PM »
Buy 'em while they're not in court ;)

Great advice -- thanks!

Developer's Corner / Re: Dina Programming Font
« on: February 09, 2006, 09:33 PM »
Years and years in a near stalkish relationship with the courier family . . . one originating well before I laid down any code . . . and then this stupid Dina font comes into the picture and ruins our happy home.   :-\

Developer's Corner / Re: indent wars..
« on: February 09, 2006, 09:30 PM »
Closest match to me is GNU.

I like two spaces.  Just enough to make a distinction, without consuming line space.

I hadn't realized there were all thse named indentation styles.  I'm unedumicated.

// some comment
someFunc() {
  moreFunc() {

Strange -- every time I use opsed, save and launch Opera -- Opera reverts to the default installation search engines -- not the ones I'd customzied in Opera or in Opsed.  Maybe I have an out of date version of Opsed or something? (Last I knew, it hadnt' been updated in some time though)

General Software Discussion / Re: A Nice Vector Art Program
« on: February 09, 2006, 09:02 PM »
When working with Linux, where I can't use Xara X, I use inkscape.  it's coming along nicely.  Haven't tried the other . . . yet.

I was a bit skeptical, thought it would be fun to play with for a few minutes and that would be it -- but a few days later, I'm finding myself growing more fond of it as I go.

They're really onto something--keep surprising me.  My main station is primarily 80's and 80's esque synthpop/europop seeded originally by Alphaville, A-ha and Erasure.  What really amazes me is they throw in artists who I wouldn't consider obviously similiar -- who I do really like.  What it is becoming is a single station with impressive variety and very few tracks I dislike.  I have to force myself to leave it and create other stations for the sake of experimentation.

That said, I've had best results seeding stations with specific tracks rather than artists.  If an artist is fairly homogenous stylistically, alphaville or erasure or dan tyminsky, things stay pretty close but with artists whose style has had some variance over the years, the results can be really unpredictable.

As far as the price goes, it does seem a bit steep viewed as a single price -- but if you look at how it breaks down, I don't think it's particularly unreasonable.  3 bucks a month isn't bad, I pay more a month for things that I feel are really low-priced -- I just don't consider the annual fee (which still isn't unreasonable).  Whether or not I shell out any money does depend on the ads (I have yet to see any) and any other benefits they may (Seems like they'd have to) offer.  It's young, I'm sure more perks will materialize.

Buy in now, there's always the chance of getting grandfathered in later on -- wouldn't be the first web service to tip their hat to early adopters.

Thanks for the link, brotherS!

Thanks for the links, I'll work my way through them this evening.

The search interface is nice, but actually a step back for me -- I'd been using a third party editor that has a bit more flexibility, particularly the ability to reorder them.  I dont' think it's compatible with search.ini anymore, so looks like I"ll have to manually reorder them.

It is nice that they're letting us add/delete them without having to get into the ini now, though.

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