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General Software Discussion / Re: Delicious' new home..
« on: May 05, 2011, 10:00 PM »
I actually worked on the spurl search engine once upon a time... but that was a while ago! I haven't heard that name in a long time.  It was a great service, but at the time there was quite a bit of saturation in the web-based bookmarking market. Furl looked like the clear leader, at the time, but in the end I guess it was with its simplicity coupled with social underpinnings. Pinboard has emphasized the former, focusing on raw, simple utility.  I think it is here to stay -- they seem to know what they're doing, on a technical level but as always, in the long run, we'll see.

General Software Discussion / Re: Delicious' new home..
« on: May 04, 2011, 09:51 PM »
There seems to be some concern about the migration, namely with regards to privacy and censorship.

I haven't really paid too much attention, though--I switched to pinboard some time ago and haven't looked back.

I don't purchase things from ruthless companies.

Then you're missing out on a lot of great shit!

Living Room / Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading List
« on: April 27, 2011, 07:35 AM »
From that list, I'm reading The Windup Girl now. It's pretty good.

A Canticle for Leibowitz is one of my all time favorite books. There's also a sequel, but he doesn't appear to have read that.

Recently I read the series "The Entire and the Rose" which I really enjoyed.  Martha Atwood's "Oryx & Crake" and "Year of the Flood" is a pair of dystopian books that might be my favorite story right now. For relatively hard Sci-Fi, Sean Williams' Astropolis series is incredible in scope.

Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk?
« on: April 21, 2011, 09:55 AM »
I'm on a simular schedule, as I have to step out for a cigarette every few hours. I tend to use the time to collect and refocus my thoughts to avoid forest-for-the-trees type project hiccups. I'd even go so far as to say that close to 85% of the nagging issue break throughs occured out by the dumpster while I was having a smoke.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure since I quit smoking I've become a lousier programmer. Maybe it'll buy me some extra time, to make up for the decreased efficiency  ;D

Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk?
« on: April 20, 2011, 08:56 AM »
I'd mentioned this a while back with my physical therapist, who dismissed it as absurd that it was a good idea. Her concerns were the added strain on back and knees, largely. Her suggestion as an alternative mode of sitting was to use an exercise ball.  My desk is too high to try it, so I've just been making a conscious effort to make my desk ergonomically sound.

f0dder is right though, there's no ONE way that you should spend the entire day.

I, too, followed that blog. Was there any warning this was coming? Caught me quite off guard today. . .

Just post photo or video them here  :)

I don't think the kindle is for me. I've not read a novel in years; I just need web reading and PDF access.

Then a Kindle would be throwing money in the wind. My opinion of its pdf capabilities is about the same as my opinion of its web capabilities. Nice to have, but not stellar per se. As for smart phones... yeah, they're pretty damn cool! Not the best platform for novel reading, but great for just about everything else. (The Kindle app isn't bad in a pinch, though :)

It's "every book I've ever read or will read: upgraded"

Nice marketing blurb - Amazon should pay you for that one!

Ha! It's just how I've felt from the first time I got my hands on my first Kindle -- and it hasn't faded at all. I've always loved reading. The idea of having my books digitized and at once more portable than any single book, and all the benefits that come with that -- but without compromising anything really . . .

I have computers, smart phones, mp3 players, but my Kindle is hands-down my favorite piece of technology. Actually, I'm pretty sure it's my favorite possession. It's "every book I've ever read or will read: upgraded" -- it basically looks/reads like paper but is searchable, has an inline dictionary, and adjustable fonts.

The browser is ok, in a pinch.  I'll use it on occasion to check the weather or read the news but I wouldn't buy a Kindle for that functionality. It's an added bonus, it's pretty cool being able to view the Internet without putting down my "book", but it's no tablet pc by any means!

Living Room / Re: NoteSlate - mono color tablet, nice price
« on: February 09, 2011, 08:47 AM »
I already thought this wasn't new, and no it isn't: Have a look in t his google search resultset
And the price is even better :)

Actually, the price is an error -- if you click through, those prices are all for a DC adapter. The actual product appears to be in the 175~ range.

Living Room / Re: NoteSlate - mono color tablet, nice price
« on: February 08, 2011, 08:52 PM »
If this product doesn't turn out to be vaporware, I'll pre-order at first opportunity.

Developer's Corner / Re: Choosing a CMS
« on: February 02, 2011, 09:30 PM »
Perhaps it's a really poorly put together theme... I've never had any such nightmares. In an ideal world, creating a page would be as simple as making a new page (or post, depending on how you're organizing things) in the admin panel, they'd all inherit the default page theme. No more difficult than posting on this forum. You're not finding that to be the case? (It doesn't look like there's complex design on your site to require individual page templates)

Developer's Corner / Re: Choosing a CMS
« on: February 02, 2011, 05:05 PM »
The site is small -- a dozen pages or so. I basically just need a CMS to do all the heavy lifting for me. At the moment I'm playing with WordPress. But I'm borderline ditching it because it's simply not working properly and I'm having to go in and start messing with the internals. (At the moment I'm screaming inside about some database issues.) 

What is it you're trying to do that is forcing you to mess with the internals? It doesn't seem like what you're doing would require anything anywhere near complex enough to not be do-able within simple page templates.  Feel free to pm or e-mail me if you want to discuss it outside this thread.

With the customization simply being a question of modifying an array why not add a field in the user profile (in the way self-assigned badges are)? Then members could customize their sharing options themselves.

Developer's Corner / Re: Choosing a CMS
« on: January 29, 2011, 10:12 AM »
WordPress is really the best in most cases, become a big fan myself. However it has a bit to go to justify the CMS tag that's been hyped for it.
I wouldn't call it a true CMS until those custom fields become 'true' content blocks that are insertable within the content. In CMS content really needs to be divided into areas or blocks.

They are insertable in the content, see get_post_meta -- and that's without delving into functions.php.  You can further expand it to add fields to custom post types, really going into "real cms" territory.  The developer-side to make that happen isn't as easy as it could be (I'm sure that'll be addressed...) yet, but the functionality is there without modifying the core or bringing in plugins.

a2a_config.prioritize = ["evernote", "instapaper", "twitter", "facebook", "amazon_wish_list", "posterous", "stumbleupon"];

Developer's Corner / Re: Choosing a CMS
« on: January 29, 2011, 09:52 AM »
I really dislike Joomla.  I've found the setup process to be quite convoluted and more complex/tedius than it needs to be (This is working from the ground up, not tweaking pre-existing templates). The code it generates if awful, littered with nested tables. The backend is a mess with a higher learning curve than [I feel] its featureset really warrants.

I've become a big fan of WordPress over the last couple years, it's evolved into a respectable CMS.  It cannot handle the complex work flow of the beast that is Drupal, but is a very elegant solution in most cases. On the surface it's relatively simple to implement and extremely easy to learn and use -- and since you've used it for blogging, you already know how. If you dig in a little deeper (Custom Menus, custom fields, custom post times, taxonomy...) can be quite flexible/extensible.  Short of projects that literally required ground-up custom infrastructure, I've yet to run into a situation where Wordpress came up short. Take into account the massive library of plugins and themes available for it you've got a lot available within close reach. I can think of no reason not to use it. (Which is ultimately why I went from not using it to using it myself).

A pity it is so pricey..

Eh, the price is a pittance if you literally spend all day every day in it . . .

Another big change for Sublime Text 2 is cross-platform compatibility.

DC Gamer Club / Re: RIFT - MMORPG Beta Invite
« on: January 26, 2011, 06:57 AM »
Thanks Deozaan, might check it out. Maybe. I've been sucked into Eve again, though, so. . . :)

General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts?
« on: January 22, 2011, 08:21 AM »

but how are you going to login to a website when you're offline anyway?

Security isn't for websites-only. In my password manager I have stored credit card information, passwords for zip files, fsekret passwords . . .

General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts?
« on: January 21, 2011, 04:44 PM »
I'm totally sold on the convenience of being able to access my passwords from absolutely anywhere (though I also have means of accessing them locally in the event of a loss of Internet). As far as my data goes, I am sufficiently confident in my password + encryption key (two separate, required items) that I'd be comfortable putting my data on a public ftp site, let alone a secure server. On top of that, when not on my own machine a Yubikey is required to access my account -- but honestly, that's just overkill.

General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts?
« on: January 21, 2011, 04:28 PM »
I am not the least bit comfortable with any password utility that I don't have complete control over.

Curious, what do you use that you have complete control over it?

General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts?
« on: January 21, 2011, 01:53 PM »
LastPass is an excellent password manager with very good form filling capabilities.  The GUI is awful, as you've observed, but for the most part with LastPass you don't need to interact with the gui -- it eats passwords and spits them out. It also has applications for most mobile/smartphone platforms.

I use Passpack, myself. It is basically the opposite of LastPass in that its form filling is inferior as it's strictly bookmarklet/web based with no native browser helpers. I can't automatically pull your username/password as entered.  On the upside, a great deal of attention has been paid to its interface and its workgroup/sharing capabilities are unrivaled.  The other up-side to Passpack is that there's an AIR-based app for it that can be used offline. Because it's a standalone air app, you canot use it to film forms automatically but it does give you access to your accounts offline.

In both cases, you have a secure web-based solution that is extremely portable in that you need only the Internet to use them -- no software, no thumb drives. Lastpass is probably a better fit for a roboform refugee, though, as you're no doubt quite accustomed to a browser extension automatically remembering your accounts and filling your forms.

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