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Living Room / Re: FURL
« on: December 19, 2008, 02:18 PM »
Furl has been around for a while--I had an account, but really haven't used them much. When they came on the scene, I was using and working for Spurl.

Generally speaking, I'd say in many ways furl would be superior to the Times for saving articles, as it would allow you to save web pages/articles from all over the web, not limiting you to just one website.  If I recall correctly, furl goes beyond simply bookmarking--it does actually save a copy of the page itself.

What is it you want to know about them? I'm sure someone here has more experience than I do but they'd be better equipped to answer your question(s) if they had a better idea what you wanted know.

Living Room / Re: New Body Spray For Men
« on: December 19, 2008, 11:03 AM »

<swallows hard>

<pushes can in mouth>

General Software Discussion / Cross Browser Testing
« on: December 19, 2008, 10:59 AM »
I love Cross Browser Testing. It's really exactly what I've been looking for for the last decade.

Using Java or your own VCN software, CrossBrowserTesting (CBT) allows you to connect remotely to a desktop operating system of your choice -- Ubuntu (linux), Mac, and various versions of windows (98-vista) with full administrative privileges.  From here, you can test your websites (or software applications) against these other configurations.  You can't, on the fly, swap operating systems -- and as such, will find yourself going through multiple sessions to test against everything you need to.  But at the end of the day, multiple sessions is a lot easier than cross browser testing without access to everything.


It works great, and if you only need to use it briefly/casually it won't cost you a thing. You can launch free 5 minute sessions as often as you'd like.   Free sessions may result in a few minutes waiting in a queue, though, as others are trying to get in.   Alternatively, you can purchase credits for around $1 apiece (with discounts when you buy in greater quantities) giving you priority when requesting a session with an OS.  No queue and, at 5 minutes/credit you can maintain sessions longer than 5 minutes for more time consuming testing.  Finally, there's a monthly subscription option -- which gives you "Unlimited" time for a flat monthly rate. Subscriptions are 29.95 for the first month, 19.95 for all months following -- for a limited time.  The prices are scheduled to go up in the future.  For a limited time, you can get a price lock in at the 19.95 rate.

Pretending I have a Mac

Within a session, you have the ability to take a snapshot of the desktop's current state, which you can save to your CBT account as well as cross post to flickr.  Handy for keeping on hand snapshots of display peculiarities or the output of a debugger.  Or making photos for a thread post, ala... these. You can even turn the photos into a slide show

Digg isn't so hot on IE5. FFx 1 handles it like a pro, though

As a web developer, I've found crossbrowsertesting to be a real godsend.  I no longer have to search for people with the OS/Browser configuration I wish to test, I no longer need to go through hoops to maintain multiple versions of any given browser; from the comfort of my browser of choice, I can see the Internet as seen from a plethora of web browsers.

In response to the originally posed question, WinPatrol registration is still life time.

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 10.0 Alpha 1
« on: December 06, 2008, 06:56 PM »
But Allen, were you not using M2 as your primary client? (Oh, spell check works ;) finally! ). Have you moved to gmail?

I was, indeed, using M2 as my primary client via IMAP, but the IMAP was a bit shaky and I really wasn't thrilled with opera's load time against my mailbase -- and rss updates or mail downloading would often cause Opera to grind to a halt until the operation was done. So I just threw in the towel and went to gmail directly. Might give M2 another go, see how it fairs in 10.

Living Room / Re: Your favorite quotes?
« on: December 05, 2008, 10:04 PM »
My favorite quote is "Everywhere you go, there you are."

Developer's Corner / Re: Excellent Javascript Reference
« on: December 05, 2008, 09:14 PM »
It's solid understanding I'm after, specifically.  My problem is getting started. I drag my feet. Once I find a happy launch pad, I'm insatiable. . .

Slow starter.

And I hate libraries. (Reason I've haven't delved into ruby: rails)

I'm starting to feel like I'm inclined toward counter-productivity...

Developer's Corner / Re: Excellent Javascript Reference
« on: December 05, 2008, 09:05 PM »
I'm very, very rusty/novice in the JavaScript department--it has long been an embarrassing matter of fact and something I've wanted to rectify.  I've got a brand new, shiny text editor to play with and need something to do to put it through it's paces, may as well give this a look-see.  Thanks for the heads up.

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 10.0 Alpha 1
« on: December 05, 2008, 02:54 PM »
So "new features" don't happen til Beta. Interesting.

I'm curious to see where they go, really hoping for a thorough GUI overhaul (so long as they don't deprecate the true MDI for standard tabs), things have felt convoluted, to me, for the last several versions.

I'm definitely noticing a speed increase and Gmail seems to be working in it better than in previous versions which is, for me, really something. Gmail was the biggest reason Opera wasn't serving as my primary browser any more.

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 10.0 Alpha 1
« on: December 05, 2008, 07:06 AM »
Even with that list, those seem like features which don't warrant a major version change. I really wonder how many MAJOR new features opera has added to warrant them being at V10 already.

This is my impression as well. . . maybe they're fresh out of "big" ideas.

PHP / Re: Before you start the PHP Assignments
« on: November 19, 2008, 04:06 PM »
Then I'd feel like a douche.  Sooo the dcschool works again, I'm not sure I have the user files backed up though. Looking around to see.

I'd switched hosts and didn't bother setting up the subdomain for it. Not like I was *trying* to destroy it.

PHP / Re: Before you start the PHP Assignments
« on: November 19, 2008, 03:44 PM »
Oy, I pulled the plug on it. I didn't realize anyone actually used it.

. . . and probably too busy to notice someone in a small business that doesn't need 5 licenses using the free version.

I'm all for paying for software but, generally only when means to do so are provided :P

Sensible pricing scheme. Why don't you forward that to them? ;)

Did you see their website design prior to the relatively new (apparently template copied) green website? I'm pretty sure they made that one themselves -- it was horrendous.

The first time I went to their website and saw that they offered web design I couldn't help but laugh out loud.  It looked like something put together by a highschool freshman via front page circa 1990's.  Quality.

Living Room / Re: AINOP Wireless
« on: November 13, 2008, 12:46 PM »
Yeah, we could see the tower. Took very little to convince them to throttle us to a slow trickle.  I struggled to even do basic web development on their server -- after one or two ftp uploads, all uploads would fail.  Apparently their Internet connection isn't intended with *usage* in mind.  Designed to pay for it and forget it.

And yes, their growth is *solely* the result of their being the only option in many, such as ours, cases.  It was a happy day when we called in to cancel prior to moving.

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini Review: Espresso
« on: October 11, 2008, 07:32 AM »
It is a bit tacky to bump a review, in my opinion.  Furthermore, the review is not especially comprehensive.  And now I am pissed off.

It has no account setup wizard of any kind and gives no warning . . . I added my gmail account to it via pop 3, it proceeded to send an e-mail to EVERYONE notifying them that their message had been quarantined and will be deleted in 4 days if they don't reply.

Now maybe the readme file has this information, but if you're going to be auto-sending messages to everyone on my list you really better be giving me a great deal of notification of it before hand.  It should have warned me to import my contacts *first*, and it should have let me know what it was going to do. I wanted to check out a light weight mail client, instead I"m spending my morning sorting through bounced e-mails and apologizing to contacts for the confusion.

Unfortunately, your email address is not recognized as an approved sender by my email application, Espresso. Your message has not been deleted, but is being held pending verification of your email address.

To ensure your message is delivered, simply reply to this email with the verification code listed below in the subject line. This is a one-time process. All future messages from the email address listed below will automatically be accepted.

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Living Room / Re: AINOP Wireless
« on: September 30, 2008, 12:42 PM »
It's not the router, as I can plug directly into the line--skipping the router--and it's the same BS.  As for the adapter . . . we've swapped that out several times over the course of them coming out. On the 4th or 5th one now, I think?  I'm pretty sure it's just a matter of them being incapable of serving a decent connection and being too greedy to tell me to keep my money, they can't provide me service.

We've since met a few other AINOP customers -- all of whom have described precisely the same disappointing experience.  It's nice to know we're not alone, though a bit unnerving that they're still in business.  And the Better Business Bureau is a joke, immediately siding with the company.

Our only consolation is that this limping excuse for connectivity is only going to torment us for another month or two.

Living Room / Re: AINOP Wireless
« on: September 30, 2008, 09:00 AM »
Not surprisingly, the bandwidth didn't stick.  In some ways our connection is worse than it was -- it is intermittent to the point of being unusable for anything but surfing.  Every 10-15 minutes or so, the connection just completely stops for 20-60 seconds. Video games disconnect, music is interrupted, downloads . . . well they only work with a download manager able to gracefully handle connectivity issues.

Now I have downloading Vista SP 1 to look forward to . . . oh boy. They'll probably turn off my Internet for using such bandwidth!

Mobysaurus / Re: Congratulations?
« on: September 18, 2008, 09:00 PM »
I have to agree, I'm always disappointed when I hit the update option on an application and find that I'm already running the latest version. . . what I really want to see is "Congratulations, you're out of date. There's an exciting new update awaiting your undivided attention!"

Living Room / Re: I can haz LOLMouser plz?
« on: September 18, 2008, 02:58 PM »
I want to play . . . and have an idea but the lol builder isn't i can haz!

Post New Requests Here / Re: REQUEST: DonationCoder Song
« on: September 15, 2008, 11:05 PM »
Just post it, and we'll decide amongst ourselves whether or not we want it after the fact. :)

Podcast Radio Show / Re: Requesting Ideas for DonationCoder Podcast #7
« on: September 15, 2008, 09:09 PM »
I didn't mean realtime stream, I'm still talking about a podcast. "live" DJ interaction really is no different from a segment in that it's recorded, and edited to fit around other segments.  It differs from other segments perhaps only in that it is outlined rather than outright scripted, maybe?

The DC community is full of enthusiastic, spirited persons with a tremendous breadth of knowledge on the local subject matter . . . of course, convincing such people to do it is, as we've seen before, not necessarily an easy thing to do.

(And no, I won't even pretend to take a high attitude, here, I didn't contribute to the podcasts in the past in anyway. But I sure enjoyed them. I'm selfish, I want more.)

Living Room / Re: Sad Weekend....
« on: September 15, 2008, 09:05 PM »
Thanks guys! Im doing just that mouser; walking around checking my apartment and what not constantly.

Man, I hear you! A few weeks back, someone stole a GPS unit from my wife's car, her (old and broken, take that!) cell phone and my bottle of Bourbon (from the garage, not the car).  Materially, we lost almost nothing . . . but that kind of intrusion hits you at the core--great losses or no.

Living Room / Re: Sad Weekend....
« on: September 15, 2008, 06:20 PM »
Sorry to hear that . . . you have my sympathies.  I've lost a laptop in such a manner, myself.  I took it pretty hard, despite it being a dinosaur in need of replacing and having not lost much of real value. I am reminded: I seriously need to start backing things up more vigorously. (I still haven't learned, despite having a big "MY computer might be bricked" experience a month or two back...)

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