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1051
Living Room / Re: Pet Dino Robot
« on: February 09, 2006, 04:35 PM »
Looks like a cross between Little Foot and Ducky, from land before time :D

1052
yeah win2k and winxp you can select a messagebox and hit ctrl+C, and it actually copies the text.. im sure there are a lot of people who would have liked to know about that cool trick.

. . . I want something to crash, now.  I had no idea . . . that's awesome.

As for an effective freeware text grabber, I've never come across one.  Of the ones I've used, Kleptomania was the best but I basically gave up looking a year or two ago, so it's entirely possible (hopefully!) that my knowledge is outdated ;)

1053
General Software Discussion / Re: JPSoft Take Command/4NT
« on: February 09, 2006, 07:06 AM »
Wow, that sounds awesome -- I'd love to have an effective console under windows.  Get us a discount, Mouser! ;D

1054
General Software Discussion / Re: Gmail Adds New Chats Feature
« on: February 09, 2006, 07:04 AM »
 ;D

chatads.png

1055
. . . and if it could automatically click "save" when the program pops up asking if you'd like to, it'd be even smarter :D

1056
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Recent Posts | https://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?action=recentdense
New Replies | https://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?action=unreadreplies
Unread Posts | https://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?action=unread;all
Specials | https://www.donationcoder.com/Specials/index.html

You'll have quick access to a few more critical dcforum features.

1057
Living Room / Re: I just LOVE it! :)
« on: February 09, 2006, 05:50 AM »
Not "that's the good news", "first the good news" -- taking the picture into consideration, there's undoubtedly badnews . . .

1058
Living Room / Re: I just LOVE it! :)
« on: February 08, 2006, 08:32 PM »
That's hillarious ;D

Once upon a time, I considered a tatoo like that.  Fortunately I thought better of it before they became relatively popular :D

1059
Living Room / Re: animal identity crisis..
« on: February 08, 2006, 05:58 PM »
Fifth hit on google ;-)


It's creepy how right I was.

1060
Living Room / Re: animal identity crisis..
« on: February 08, 2006, 03:06 PM »
Poor thing - how humiliating - I really hate it when people do this to their pets! (Sorry to be a bore)

I think it's pointless, short of idle entertainment -- but the cat doesn't seem to mind, too much.  Up here in Northern Maine where it's cold, he'd probably appreciate it :D

1061
Living Room / Re: animal identity crisis..
« on: February 08, 2006, 07:55 AM »
By accident? Yeah right.  We all know you spend your night hours searching for "Cats in Hats"

1062
Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: I love the Bulk Rename Utility!
« on: February 08, 2006, 06:43 AM »
I'm almost positive there's at least one other . . . seems like there were a few at the freeware/shareware listing I'd found Oscar's at, but I didn't actually try them and have since forgotten where/how I found it.  Seems like Oscar's isn't the only text editor renamer, though.

1063
Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: I love the Bulk Rename Utility!
« on: February 08, 2006, 06:38 AM »
My all-time personal favorite bulk renamer is Oscar's File Renamer.  The beauty of Oscar's is that instead of the traditional set up search/replace criteria limited by the power of the program itself, Oscar lists the files in a plain text with each file/folder on its own line.  You edit it like a normal text file, when you save your changes the new file names are applied to the old (The old file names/file info are displayed in a little pane on the left in case you forget what file you're playing with)



From here, Oscar natively supports case conversions, macros (handy if you're doing the same thing over and over, line for line), basic find replace and incrementing.  Not much, right -- but here's the real beauty of it -- you can copy and paste the file list into your favorite text editor, which is no doubt more powerful, and perform all the transformations/replacements you want on the files all in the comfort of your editor of choice.  When you're done, paste it back in to Oscar, save it, and vuala.

After using Oscar, I couldn't go back to the other query based method of file renaming -- this is just too comfortable. ;)

1064
General Software Discussion / Re: Gmail Adds New Chats Feature
« on: February 08, 2006, 05:12 AM »
Does anybody here actually have the gmail integrated chat yet? I've had chat history saving since yesterday, but am not one of the lucky few to see the chat.

1065
Developer's Corner / Re: Nested Matches
« on: February 07, 2006, 03:42 PM »
For anyone interested, the problem was solved.  Here's the function that handles highlighting:

function hltr($text,$find) {
  preg_match_all($find,$text,$hlight,PREG_OFFSET_CAPTURE+PREG_SET_ORDER);
  if ( is_array($hlight) && count($hlight) > 0 ) {
    $hlight = $hlight[0];
    $n=1;
    foreach ( $hlight as $num => $match ) {
        if ( $num > 0 ) {
          while ( isset($points[$match[1]]) ) $match[1] .= '.01';
          $num = $match[1]+strlen($match[0]);
          while ( isset($points[$num]) ) $num .= '.01';
          $points[$match[1]] = "<span class=\"hlt$n\">";
          $points[$num] = '</span>';
          $n++;
        }
    }
    if ( isset($points) && is_array($points) ) {
      ksort($points);
      $count = 0;
      foreach ( $points as $num => $insert ) {
        $text = substr_replace($text,$insert,$count+$num,0);
        $count = $count + strlen($insert);
      }
    }
  }
  return('<strong class="result">'.$text.'</strong>');
}

1066
Living Room / Re: google to challenge paypal with a money service?
« on: February 07, 2006, 07:19 AM »
It could be good for PayPal fans -- if google puts together a great system, as I expect they will, PayPal may have to streamline their service a bit more and, who knows, take less off the top where transactions are concerned ;)

1067
General Software Discussion / Re: Gmail Adds New Chats Feature
« on: February 07, 2006, 07:18 AM »
I'm really excited about this feature -- when GTalk first released, for some reason I expected it to automatically do this -- at least it's here, now.  I, for one, have always been a big fan of archiving communication indefinitely, chats included -- but since switching to gTalk exclusively had basically not been archiving chats -- this is cool.

1068
That would be trivial to do. Regarding chat, what's wrong with IRC?

Perhaps they meant an interface for instant messaging clients -- which is something I, too, think would be pretty cool.

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All in all this is a stellar release -- I'm especially glad to see that they've taken care to make gmail work perfectly in it.  No use for the widgets, yet, but the bittorrent is worth giving a spin.

edit
This article says it will be released first half of '06.

1069
Another really cool addition is its upcoming native support of bittorrent downloads.  One less application I have to have running to accomplish the same tasks.

1070
Living Room / Re: google to challenge paypal with a money service?
« on: February 06, 2006, 06:37 PM »
I, for one, am looking forward to it.  While PayPal gets the job done, I've always strongly felt that it only marginally lived up to its potential.  Kudos to them for being the ones to break first soil in online donations and direct person-to-person exchange of money . . . but I think a little competition, as is always the case, will be great for us, the consumers.  Here's to progress and price wars and the ever-expanding force that is google.  It's only a matter of time, their corporation will be an empire.

1071
the new cody is now official, look at top of this page and on site pages and you'll see him in all his shaded glory.

The new model is sezzzy . . . yeah, baby.

You're still in touch with the old guy, right?  Should he stop by Bermuda on his retirement tour, could you please have him bring me back a keg of Black Seal rum?

1072
Heh . . . I'm listening to nothing but alphaville this morning and it is good.  Next up, Bruce Springstein, I think. 

1073
If you switch to, even if just for the reviews, dynamic pages -- store the reviews in a database or just as text -- generating printable pages would be a breeze.  An alternate way to do it would be to use another stylesheet.  Keeping the content separate from the design makes for much easier site overhauls in the longrun, though.

That said, I don't have a good example at the moment but I do have a "don't do this" example ;) -- lockergnome.com.  I've followed lockergnome since . . . well, long before he had html mail and have watched as, each year, the space for the articles gets smaller.  On a low resolution, I have trouble figuring out where in the sidebars, links and ads the article is hidden.

Not that this was somethign I was worried about happening :D Just sayin'

I, personally, am not fond of reviews being broken up -- usually because it's at the end of the article that I know I want to bookmark it for later.  I don't always remember to go back to page 1.   That's probably rather trivial, though.  And a printer-friendly all-on-one-page version would solve it.

1074
General Software Discussion / Re: Help authoring
« on: February 05, 2006, 04:04 PM »
There is also HelpScribble (http://www.helpscribble.com/) which looks useful but is a lot cheaper.

Everything else the author makes is gold, if I had a use for it I'd give it a spin ;)

1075
Living Room / Re: Is this offesive?
« on: February 05, 2006, 02:53 PM »
What a great, easy way to make a buck . . . I wish I was a little Japanese girl. ( I imagine no one would want to buy any other size panties . . .) ;)

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