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Living Room / Re: Safari 4
« on: March 22, 2009, 11:23 AM »
I tend to bounce back and forth between Opera and Chrome alpha builds -- with stability being the governing factor. Chrome's developer tools have been hosed for weeks now, might be time to revert to a less bleeding edge version.

Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 12-09
« on: March 22, 2009, 11:18 AM »
I was just about to post a thread on #6, glad I ran a search for pwn2own -- saved me from redundancy.

I was surprised Chrome survived while Safari did not -- I was honestly starting to wonder if there was that much difference under the hood between the two.  Guess so?

A recent contest at CanSecWest, an event that brings together some of the most skilled experts in the security community, has demonstrated that the three most popular browser are susceptible to security bugs despite the vigilance and engineering prowess of their creators. Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer were all exploited during the Pwn2Own competition that took place at the conference. Google’s Chrome browser, however, was the only one left standing—a victory that security researchers attribute to its innovative sandbox feature.
Source: ars technica

Living Room / Safari 4
« on: March 22, 2009, 11:10 AM »
Safari 4 (beta) is now available bringing quite a few changes -- and it's supposedly the fastest thing out there (though Opera was left out of the comparison).  For windows users, it boasts a more native look (Personally, I hate the brushed metal look) and, like Chrome, has moved the tabs up to the title bar. (I'm not sure if Safari previously had the private browsing mode, but it does now--another Chrome inspiration?)  The font anti-aliasing is optional, you can now use native window font display and, apparently, there's a whole lot more.

General Software Discussion / Re: Best password manager?
« on: March 22, 2009, 10:53 AM »
Down time is a real issue -- but you shouldn' thave to worry about data being misused as it's encrypted/decrypted on your machine. The data sent to/stored on the server is gibberish.

General Software Discussion / Re: Best password manager?
« on: March 22, 2009, 09:35 AM »
I haven't tried KeePass, so I can't make any comparisons.  Personally I use/love Passpack.  It's a web based/online password manager (encryption is all handled locally via JavaScript, though). There are also google gears and adobe air apps for offline/desktop access.

I've been reading some good things about LastPass lately, might be worth a look. Its form filler works well, but I really didn't care for the web interface at all.

General Software Discussion / Re: What's your mouse of choice?
« on: February 26, 2009, 02:19 PM »
I love my Microsoft Arc mouse -- feels full size, folds down to portable size for transportation and I've only just yesterday replaced the "AAA" batteries that came with it, almost 2 months life at heavy use.

Developer's Corner / Re: Excellent Javascript Reference
« on: January 13, 2009, 10:25 PM »
allen, did you end up going through the whole thing and do you have anything more to add regarding it?

What I did read, I enjoyed -- he's obviously quite passionate about the subject and seems to cover things pretty well. I haven't actually gone through the whole thing though--have mostly been reading Pro JavaScript Techniques (physical book) by John Resig. No opinion on that yet.

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini Review: Espresso
« on: January 13, 2009, 10:12 PM »
My point, Zero3k, is that you wouldn't *think* to wade through the control panel and disable *3* options until after the fact. This is why there should be explicit warnings about its behavior FIRST.

Living Room / Re: [your username]
« on: December 27, 2008, 08:04 AM »
6,020 . . . but some of those are David Allen's.

Living Room / music
« on: December 23, 2008, 05:21 PM »
I signed up for lala back in '96 or so, logged in once, shrugged and never looked back.  I've discovered, however, that they've reinvented their service.  Previously a CD swapping website (Pay a small fee to the website to trade CD for CD with other people), lala has become its own digital music market place.

There are a few things I really love about lala.  First of all, with their Music Mover, you can scan and upload your mp3 collection to the lala servers.  Anything you own on your computer will be available to you for streaming on their service from anywhere -- making your music collection as easy to take from computer to computer as a password.

At no point while listening to your library of music through their website will you be accosted with ads.  The website is 100% ad free, supported by what I feel to be an extremely fair price model -- I think everybody wins.

With music you don't own, you're allowed to listen to anything once -- so no making your purchase decision based on a 30 second clip.   After you've heard the song once, you revert to the clip though.  If you only want to listen to the song via their streaming service, you can purchase them for .10 a track. (Though when you sign up, the first 50 are free).

If you want drm-free mp3's, you can purchase tracks for .89 each. If you've already purchased the web album, that's figured into the price--you'll pay .79 on top of the .10 already paid.  If you're using the Music Mover, they'll automatically be downloaded to your computer. Alternatively, of course, you can download them manually.

There are some social features built in as well -- relatively minimalistic and tasteful.  You can follow people to see what they're listening to, send recommendations to your friends, and correspond via public blurbs.

Generally speaking, I am extremely satisfied (excited, even) with lala. Having finished uploading my library, I've been using it as my primary player.

Some caveats, of course--It's probably limited to US Residents, legally speaking. Licensing issues.  You can only download a purchased mp3 once -- so don't lose it.  Lastly, it's probably not a great service for people whose library is in another format as mp3 is all lala works with.

You've got nothing to lose, and 50 free web songs to gain so may as well try it out if you're even the least bit curious.  If you want to net me 10 free web songs, you can use my referrel code.  Or, if referrel codes seem tacky and annoy you, you can always just go to Feel free to say hey to "Allen" there, so I can peak at what you're listening to.

Great discount...

have you used HandiTV or any of the other competing tv on your mobile services?

FWIW, WinPatrol's license is still life time

Living Room / Re: How will the Earth end?
« on: December 20, 2008, 08:10 AM »
I keep hoping for a proper zombie outbreak. . . A boy can dream, can't he?

Oil, hunger, water, education -- these things all seem so silly when someone is gnawing on your leg.

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: December 19, 2008, 10:12 PM »
Can't stop there. While I'm reducing your opinions of me by demonstrating songs I love, I have two more...

Both songs generally passed around in jest. Both songs I, sadly, genuinely really like.

I fail.

Living Room / Re: New Body Spray For Men
« on: December 19, 2008, 09:59 PM »
Better Duncan Donuts than Krispy Kreme. That crap makes me nauseous, just to smell.

Either way, I'd largely prefer a web forum conversationally -- but I don't think there's any chance of seeing that.

In the case of RegexBuddy, the built in forum system works very well as it allows you to directly exchange regex patterns and other related files. In that regard, it's very intuitive. I suppose if EPP and RegexBuddy were tied to the same forum, it would be possible for EPP's regex panel to take advantage of the built in forum as well.

Living Room / Re: Wreckedcarzz Sings "Still Alive" from Portal
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:41 PM »
I sigh with happiness when I hear this song.
It's magical, somehow. I grinned half tearfully watching the credits roll the first time I beat portal.

"Sorry Mario But Our Princess is In Another Castle" is another video game inspired song that, somehow, is more to me than just a silly "Video Game Song".

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:31 PM »
Cripple And the Starfish (Antony and the Johnsons)
Start Wearing Purple (Gogol Bordello)
Elephant Gun (Beirut)

Ungh. I'd rather just pay 80-99 cents for a track and have it MINE, DRM-free and fully portable.

90 seconds per track is just insane.  That's far, far worse than over the air radio.

Living Room / Re: New Body Spray For Men
« on: December 19, 2008, 05:46 PM »
It's actually priced pretty reasonably -- I'm almost tempted to get a can out of curiosity. I suspect it's a lot more subtle than real whopper based scent -- probably a legitimate scent, with a hint of char at the finish.

Which wouldn't necessarily be awful -- my favorite cologne, fahrenheit, distinctly smells like citrus and gasoline . . . it somehow works. So, maybe?

N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Teaser: HexCards
« on: December 19, 2008, 05:37 PM »
I've never tried building the project for Mac computers so I don't even know if it works, so I need Mac users to test it and let me know if it works.

You could actually test it on a mac via

Living Room / Re: [Humour] Never ask for help on the Internet
« on: December 19, 2008, 03:16 PM »
I admittedly quite literally laughed aloud.

I'm a cheap date. I love the Arc Mouse.


Living Room / Re: Digital Music Purchases - Downloads or Ripped CD's?
« on: December 19, 2008, 03:04 PM »
I have no need/desire for the compact discs -- just more clutter lying around. I do sort of miss thumbing through the linear notes, taking in the album as a complete work of art -- audio as well as visual -- but any more, I just want to get the digital music and enjoy all of the conveniences that come with that.  Thankfully, the places I get music all offer DRM-free mp3 downloads these days.

Yeah, Jan is opposed to putting a web forum on there--largely because an unused forum brings down the impression of a website, and there's always that risk.  He's integrated a custom forum system into regexbuddy, and I think that new versions of the other software (Like EPP) might see that feature integrated. Here's to hoping!

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