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Living Room / Re: News Article: Old News, Served Fresh
« on: September 15, 2008, 06:15 PM »
When it's your time to try to set the world aright, remember this: when it comes to providing basic necessities like health care and education, you need both the efficiency of capitalist competition and the compassion and humanity of socialism.  The money must be made by Capitalists and spent by Socialists.

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Podcast Radio Show / Re: Requesting Ideas for DonationCoder Podcast #7
« on: September 15, 2008, 06:13 PM »
Some ideas: keep the podcasts SHORT.  15-20 minutes in length.  anything more is too hard to make and listen to.

Really? My favorite weekly/twice monthly podcasts are in the 1.5-2 hour range, some times longer.  Though that requires a more dedicated team. Plenty of segments/interviews, but regular "DJ"'s filling inbetween.  The key, I think, isn't even so much your hook or your content but continuous, familiar voices delivering the hook.

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Podcast Radio Show / Re: Requesting Ideas for DonationCoder Podcast #7
« on: September 15, 2008, 03:12 PM »
Is this a joke? Hope not. . . I miss the DC Podcast!

Add it to Zune/iPod -- maybe it'd be enough to pressure you into keeping-it-going.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Drop Box lands
« on: September 15, 2008, 03:10 PM »
I'd signed up way back, got accepted at some point, but forgot until a few days ago. . .

So far, I like it sufficiently. It works better than g.ho.st for me, anyway :D

I wonder what arse would send you an invite after it was no longer invitation only . . .

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Living Room / Re: My Taskbar Notification Area Competition
« on: September 15, 2008, 02:51 PM »
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Quicklaunch:
* browser collection
* Boxer
* Windows Live Mail (Dunno why...)
* Zune
* The rest are links to pages launched in chromeless windows in chrome
** Gmail, Google Reader, Timesheet spreadsheet, Urban Dead, Secret Society Wars, Kingdom of Loathing

Running apps:
Chrome, Xyplorer, Evernote

In the tray:
* Microsoft Sync Center
* Dropbox (though I'm considering playing with Microsoft's Mesh if it ever supports mobile)
* Abyss Webserver (Not usually running, but if I'm coding...)
* ArsClip
* Wireless connection doohickey
* Evernote
* Battery dongle
* Network connectivity thingamajig

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General Software Discussion / Re: Drop Box lands
« on: September 15, 2008, 02:43 PM »
Just FYI, invites are no longer necessary -- the beta is public. As I understand it, the 2GB will remain free. Still no word, that I can find, on the pricing scheme for larger (unlimited?) storage options.

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DC Gamer Club / Re: Help me with this game please
« on: September 15, 2008, 01:36 PM »
Yes, Urban Dead is a zombie game. The author, Kevan, orginally had a referrel link zombie thing... here. Not so much a game as a "viral" thing. How appropriate for zombies.

I didn't mean to imply I felt these games were harmful/bad, just saying I take no pleasure in them. I find it frustrating relying on clicking other than my own to progress.

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Living Room / Re: Micro-review: New TV Series "Fringe"
« on: September 15, 2008, 01:25 PM »
My DVR elected to disobey my direct order to record Fringe. As such, I have not yet gotten to see the pilot.

I hate DirectTV. For this reason, I missed the season finale of Last Comic Standing and others as well.

Frakking 'A'.

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DC Gamer Club / Re: Help me with this game please
« on: September 12, 2008, 11:48 PM »
I've never had anything but contempt for games whose primary means of advancement was referring . . .

Somewhat ironically, I love the web based game Urban Dead--which was inspired by a referral thing more or less.

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Well, the first thing you see *is* donations. . . I mean, it's the first word in the URL.  So it really should come as no surprise that some emphasis is put on donations. Although it is altogether possible to be a part of the community and user of its software without ever doing something silly like parting with 5 bucks.

Now as for this thread taking "people" as a priori as spammers, you should keep in mind that that was one person with very suspect posts.  Compare that to all of the people who are here and who have come and gone who have not been taken a priori for spammers.  So to say that we take "people" a priori for spammers, well. . . that's assigning an awful lot of weight to a single person whose posts you didn't see.  That said, they weren't outright banned and posted in a few threads after.

Being a software forum makes us targeted with a lot of crap, whether it be scams or malware or profiteering--and the spam patrol does their best to keep on top of it.  Perhaps there was a single instance in which they got a "false positive".  Nobody is perfect. But it wouldn't be fair to say the policy here is one of strict penalty and supression of speech.  I doubt you'll find your post deleted.

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Wow, congrats!

Was pleasantly surprised to see the rww link... now this.  Made quite the in-demand tool!

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General Software Discussion / Re: So... beautiful~
« on: September 06, 2008, 07:26 PM »
Such technicalities hardly convey the poetry of it all, talk about a robot soul! :P

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I was speaking about using tracking data to target ads, at no point did I mention selling the data itself.

Though I really don't have a problem with selling the data either.  Since when? Data, as long as man has been collecting it, has been profitable. It's not new, we just have more data and more ways to use it.

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Allen I understand that some people like that. I am fine with that and I would never ridicule people who consicously ask for such service. As long as you know what you are getting and giving away I am fine.  But I "consciously" do not want such service and I would like companies to "consciously" respect that.

A sensible paranoiac, I can respect that. :) What bothers me is so many people who don't respect that some of us are happy to exchange data for services and tend to consider such a transaction evil in and of itself, not a choice for users to make with their companies.  Interestingly, these people are often adamantly opposed to paying monetarily for software.  I guess I just never really believed in a free ride.

I often don't agree with those who are so vociferous about these privacy concerns and data sharing issues and get so worked up about such things.. BUT on the other hand whether any specific concern is real or imagined, i have absolutely no doubt that if such people weren't out there on the front lines making noise about these things, these big corporations would be running roughshod over all of us and doing worse things than the most paranoid people worry about.  So I say thank you to all the "paranoid" ones who protect us against the abuses.

*slow applause*

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... and now I often see ads that I find interesting. Still don't click them, but they sure are more enticing than a decade ago.  I can't wait til Google releases a GPS, and it can tailor my route from point A to B, passing things that I *love* all the way there. And I really want adsense powered television. If I have to see commercials on something I already pay for, I want to see commercials tailored to my states based on more than just the channel genre.

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Living Room / Re: Request for suggestions: Group Bookmarking Tool
« on: September 03, 2008, 07:44 PM »
Just a heads up. Recent topics made in the Diigo group has shown problems with bookmark syncing with magnolia.

This is in reference to diigo's feature that will post your added bookmarks to magnolia and delicious, if you want right? -- I'd read the complaints but so far my cross posting seems to be working fine.  Though as I understand it, Mouser has no particular commitment to magnolia and doesn't necessarily need one to post to both.

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General Software Discussion / Re: PersonalBrain 4
« on: September 03, 2008, 02:09 PM »
I purchased The Brain years and years ago, it was version 1 I think. . . it was a while ago. Forgot all about it . . .

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People policing themselves? Sounds like the seeds of a political discussion to me . . . damned anarchists. :P

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Living Room / Re: Request for suggestions: Group Bookmarking Tool
« on: September 03, 2008, 02:06 PM »
I used ma.gnolia for the last few years, it worked ok but generally was unremarkable and slow to evolve.  They're releasing it as an opens source, install it on your own server type thing soon. Conceptually cool, but I still don't find its featureset remarkable.  They released their feature set, then really stopped advancing ma.gnolia refocussing on boring web technologies. open id and such.

I'm totally sold on Diigo, right now, for bookmark management.. A few too many ads but the features are rock solid, and the FF toolbar is just amazing. (The Diigolet for everything else is good, too). I haven't gotten to use the group functionality first hand, but the tag/bookmark/list/etc. management is superb.

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Living Room / Re: What are your favorite gadgets and gizmos?
« on: September 03, 2008, 01:59 PM »
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My wife has been informed that all I want for Christmas is a Chumby... I don't know why I'm so enamored with it. Damn Wired magazine.


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Living Room / Re: Can you live with *just* opera?
« on: September 03, 2008, 01:31 PM »
Opera + gmail is pure shit. I love Opera and keep trying to use it, but every time I check my e-mail I want to scream and find myself scrambling for file -> exit.

Earlier in this thread, it was mentioned that Opera and gmail play well together... what am I missing? Because for me, it hangs for everything. Changing folders is 50/50, reading a message is 50/50. Sending messages? I have about a 5% chance of actually getting it sent. Useless.

I don't know, really. The old version worked fine from day one on Opera 9.2x, and the new 2.0 design started to work without any trick on Opera 9.5x since a while ago. And it never fails. Perhaps something is misconfigured, like it happened to Anne, or another program in the middle is breaking everything?

What happened with Anne? Shouldn't be any program in the middle. I don't use any proxies, ad blockers or anything of the sort.

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...reading the links in Chrome, take note google :D

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Ouch...

I'm having success with it. I dare say it's the fastest I've seen the web.

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Google Chrome download is live! http://www.google.com/chrome

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Living Room / Re: Can you live with *just* opera?
« on: September 02, 2008, 10:27 AM »
This seems like a good thread to vent.

Opera + gmail is pure shit. I love Opera and keep trying to use it, but every time I check my e-mail I want to scream and find myself scrambling for file -> exit.

Earlier in this thread, it was mentioned that Opera and gmail play well together... what am I missing? Because for me, it hangs for everything. Changing folders is 50/50, reading a message is 50/50. Sending messages? I have about a 5% chance of actually getting it sent. Useless.

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