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Living Room / Re: Sansa Clip Zip: Wow!
« on: October 12, 2011, 12:26 PM »
I absolutely agree, and this is why I prefer a dedicated audio device over just using my smart phone (Superior battery life doesn't hurt, either...). I'll keep the Clip Zip in mind, thanks!

Living Room / Re: Sansa Clip Zip: Wow!
« on: October 12, 2011, 10:39 AM »
You don't perchance own a Zune do you? I'd be curious about sound quality comparison -- that's one thing that's kept me loyal to the now discontinued Zune/Zune HD line. All other devices audio quality pales, so I'm a bit concerned about what comes next. Hopefully my 64gig ZHD holds out for a good long while...

General Software Discussion / Re: Dart Programming Language
« on: October 11, 2011, 08:42 AM »
Per that pdf,
Except as otherwise noted at,
the content of this document is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
3.0 License available at:
and code samples are licensed under the BSD license available at bsd license.html.

General Software Discussion / Re: Dart Programming Language
« on: October 11, 2011, 08:28 AM »
Does every language in existence suck so badly that none of them could replace JavaScript and we need a new one?  :huh:
Other programming languages to run directly in the browser, interacting with the DOM, only JavaScript serves that role presently.

Maybe Google will bully JS out of the picture. . . or maybe there'll be one more technology web developers will be forced to commit to their arsenal.

From what I understand, it won't really replace javascript, since to get it to run in a browser one would have to translate it to js (tools provided). It wouldn't be like VBScript at all. Server side, it would be like any other of the server side scripting languages that already exist (php, python, perl, ruby, etc.), requiring one to install it on their server, first.

On the contrary, replacing JavaScript is precisely their goal.  The js translation tool is essentially a half step to allow it to run in JavaScript compatible browsers that don't yet natively support Dart.

The goal of the Dash effort is ultimately to replace JavaScript as the lingua franca of web development on the open web platform.  We will proactively evangelize Dash with web developers and all other browser vendors and actively push for its standardization and adoption across the board.   This will be a difficult effort requiring finesse and determination, but we are committed to doing everything possible to help it succeed. -- Source

General Software Discussion / Dart Programming Language
« on: October 10, 2011, 10:32 PM »
Today, Google released an early version of its attempt to replace JavaScript, Dart. It'll be interesting to see if this goes anywhere.  There are a few things I like about it, but I am not sold on its necessity or viability. Of course, they said the same of Chrome. Maybe Google will bully JS out of the picture. . . or maybe there'll be one more technology web developers will be forced to commit to their arsenal. |

Dart is a new class-based programming language for creating structured web applications. Developed with the goals of simplicity, efficiency, and scalability, the Dart language combines powerful new language features with familiar language constructs into a clear, readable syntax.


Living Room / Re: XBOX 360 with Kinect or Wii?
« on: September 13, 2011, 04:19 PM »
My wife tried to use our Wii for exercise and found it to be incredibly underwhelming, the Wiimote just isn't all that accurate and annoying to have to hold. (If you are so inclined, it's also quite easy to do entire workouts merely flicking your rest and faking it) Meanwhile, Kinect is just plain creepy it's so perceptive. . . and you don't have to hold (or risk throwing) anything.  I don't think there's really any question which system is superior for this singular purpose.

360 is great for lazy couch gaming, too. (as is the PS3, but I prefer Xbox Live by far over PSN -- and Microsoft has never been on its knees for months, bleeding data ). Deozaan's privacy argument, then, has some merit -- but I'll take the risk, in exchange for an incredibly well put together community.

Between used games and gamefly, you can do a great deal of gaming on a relatively tight budget (except the "investment" in the console), so long as you don't need new releases on release day. You pay for that. . .

Developer's Corner / Re: Any wordpress coders here available for hire?
« on: September 13, 2011, 03:22 PM »
I'm pretty sure you could do all this using the advanced custom fields plugin, and a custom theme.

Interesting. The website still lists ST 2 as beta.

BTW: ST2 is "final".

Where'd you get that impression? There was a new build posted, but it's not the first-and it's beta. Still no word on upgrade policy when it is "final".

One killer feature this round is vintage mode--all the sublime goodness, but with vi command mode and key bindings

xyplorer meets your description quite perfectly.

Edit: it may be dual pane by default these days, I'm not sure. Either way, the second pane can be toggled.  The interface is tabbed and immensely customizable.

I'm mourning over the death of webOS, returning my [beloved] TouchPad this afternoon. HP is more than welcome to go away entirely. Damn Leo.

Living Room / Re: "We're Alive" - Online Radio Show Drama
« on: July 16, 2011, 10:12 PM »
What's great is not having to wait a week or more for the next part... being caught up and having to listen to it as they release it sucks! They like to leave you hanging.

These days I only use Google if I have to.

I like to think they'll get things straightened out at some point, but as of right now the only reason I can think of to use Google is habit. Hell, even Bing is better than Google these days.

Edit: OK, saying "Even bing" isn't very nice, Bing isn't bad at all.

DuckDuckGo has solved my problems with the declining quality of Google.

Saira is for sale on Steam for $2.50 for the next 21+ hours.

Nice catch, thanks!

Usually I try to find a special occasion for a WinPatrol PLUS sale but I can tell from recent activity the economy is rough on everyone. For the next two days I'm  offering our lifetime upgrade to the newest WinPatrol PLUS for only $14.95 USD or half price our regular price.

The "WinPatrol PLUS Super Family Pack" is also discounted 15 USD. $34.95 grants you use on unlimited computers owned and used by all family members within your household including kids away at school.

Living Room / Re: "We're Alive" - Online Radio Show Drama
« on: July 08, 2011, 07:41 AM »
You think the acting is terrible? I guess it didn't seem so to me. It's not as hyper-real as in Hollywood, per se -- but neither is stage acting. Their voices can be a bit over the top, but that's necessary for you to keep the characters straight since you don't have any visual queues to go on and are dealing with a sizable cast.

General Software Discussion / Re: Best Twitter client?
« on: July 06, 2011, 11:46 PM »
Seesmic has a rather untiny GUI. Meanwhile I replaced Echofon by MetroTwit...

Yeah, MetroTwit is really nice! (as is the same company's counterpart, "rowi", on my phone)

Living Room / Re: "We're Alive" - Online Radio Show Drama
« on: July 06, 2011, 11:14 PM »
I've been listening to this since it came out. . . my only complaint is that the next episode isn't out yet. It's fantastic.

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 11.5 Released
« on: July 02, 2011, 11:40 PM »
Plus every damn time I update Opera it sets itself as my default browser. Don’t like that.
That's odd--I don't recall it doing that on my computers.

Nor I . . .  reminds me, I need to go set Opera as my default browser.

General Software Discussion / Re: Google Music Beta Now Live
« on: May 10, 2011, 11:17 AM »
Incursion if you despite google and feel it's wrong for them to do... well, anything.    Does iTunes offer cloud access to your music these days? I haven't used spotify, but run a subsonic server.  I'm curious to compare it to Amazon's recent cloud drive / cloud player (Which I generally like, but can't really justify paying what I'd have to to host ALL my music).

General Software Discussion / Google Music Beta Now Live
« on: May 10, 2011, 10:43 AM »
. . . of course, you have to get your hands on an invidation to see.  Sign up here

I just want to ignore my browser when Passpack is in the title bar.
ah that's different; but yeah i could add that.

That would be fantastic.

Right... but I don't want to exclude my web browser entirely, I may as well not have a clipboard extender, then. I just want to ignore my browser when Passpack is in the title bar.

More advanced ignore filtering (I don't want CH+S to snag clips from Passpack)

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