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Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone
« on: July 01, 2013, 09:36 AM »
Bazqux is impressive -- very simple, light, fast. Newsblur feels sluggish by comparison, though I still somewhat favor NewsBlur for a number of features and its high level of polish.

Thus far, the hardest part of trying out Bazqux has been remembering the name!

Living Room / Re: Help me choose my next smartphone
« on: June 27, 2013, 09:36 AM »
Dude, you need to swap that Lumia 920. Something is wrong. I have the same phone and can use it all day (moderate to heavy) without depleting the battery.

If you're already getting the HTC One (I am so envious!), I don't think you need another Android--Get the Z10, one more OS for the collection!

I have one, my list of cons/pros are: Its battery is not fantastic. It's comparable to but not quite as good as my Lumia 920 (which compared to YOUR 920 probably IS fantastic!).  The real downside to the Z10 is its app selection. It really makes the Windows Phone store seem brimming. There just aren't many great native apps (though the ones that are there... well, active frames are neat!). While side loading Android apps is an option, it's really more a novelty I think. I've side loaded a few (fitbit, Evernote, Instagram) -- across the board, they are SLOW.

On the other hand, the size, the gesture-based interface and the new flick keyboard makes using it with one hand a dream. The hub is great, centralized notification is something Windows Phone sorely needs. I've been carrying it as my primary this week. While apps have made most phones toys with communication capabilities, the Z10 really feels like a communication device. A true "smart phone".

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: June 27, 2013, 09:18 AM »
Just about done with Artificial Absolutes. It's an easy read, often quite predictable, but a fun little cyberpunk adventure.

Does this site maintain an IRC channel?
I thought I saw something about a donation chart?  Where is it?  I'll donate but I would like to have a framework to pick from first.


There is indeed an IRC channel, see: https://www.donation...ndex.php?action=chat

As for donations, there are no tiers or anything. It's open. An interesting thing about the donation system here is you essentially get your donation back in the form of credits, which you can distribute as you see fit -- given, for example, to a member who authored a program you find useful or helped you solve a problem. See the donations page. for more information

Edit: There is a chart!

General Software Discussion / Windows 8.1 Preview
« on: June 27, 2013, 08:56 AM »
Yesterday Microsoft released a public preview of Windows 8.1 featuring the return of the Start button, an overhauled unified search and Internet Explorer 11. Anybody take it for a spin?

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: June 21, 2013, 10:50 AM »

Lately I've been trying to get into shape and take better care of myself. One novel piece of that equation is the Fitbit One, which is basically a pedometer on steroids. All data is all synchronized with their companion web service via wifi or bluetooth where it plots my activity level throughout the day, keeps track nutrition and compares my calories in v. out.

Being cloud based, it's not for the disconnected-by-choice types, but... I love data!

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview
« on: June 21, 2013, 10:24 AM »
Them ditching Presto is probably amongst the stupidest decisions they could have made. I mean, Webkit is one thing, but they seem to have lost all the features that made Opera the technological leader that other browsers followed (mouse gestures, tabs and lots of other functionality). Right now, it's lost that all.

Unfortunately for them, nobody paid attention to them... except the other browsers and a hanful of us. I think this move may pay off though. Ditching google is a popular trend... they may set themselves up to be THE alternative to Chrome for people looking to ditch google but stick with webkit. I won't be surprised if they find greater success than they've ever known, all the while alienating every one of their pre-webkit users.

Strange times.

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview
« on: June 20, 2013, 02:30 PM »
Can we please talk about Opera not IE? :)

Guess not. Development is SLOW. . . still so much critical stuff missing, why did they release it so early on in development?

My guess is that because they made a big splash saying they were ditching Presto, they had to release a "placeholder" issue. It's fairly common when a company does big structural internal work - you release something a bit rough on the edges and hope to polish it later. The signature case is MS's Windows Vista.

There was quite a bit of lag between them saying "We're ditching presto" and them releasing the place holder. I could understand if this came out shortly, but... after waiting that long, release something that gives hope. Or wait until you've got something worth showing.

Google Chrome would be a better example--they announced it, pretty much immediately released it. That initial release was comparable to (though a bit more fleshed out) Opera 15--and they rapidly improved it and haven't slowed down since.

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview
« on: June 20, 2013, 09:26 AM »
Can we please talk about Opera not IE? :)

Guess not. Development is SLOW. . . still so much critical stuff missing, why did they release it so early on in development?

Scare of the scales!

Eating better but exercise is hopeless
-Carol Haynes (June 19, 2013, 04:02 PM)

If you have to pick just one, eating better is far more important.



But I want a gigantic order of French fries. Bad.

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: June 14, 2013, 07:29 AM »
"Should I install the developer preview of that OS?"
"How do I install the developer preview of that OS?"

If you to ask, the answer is a resounding f*** no. If your hands can reach the keyboard, you're sitting too close.

Living Room / Re: My New Philosophy
« on: June 14, 2013, 07:27 AM »
 Your going to have to explain the word "foma" to me.  I tried looking it up but couldn't find it in Websters dictionary...   :tellme:

"Harmless untruths, intended to comfort simple souls. " IE:     Beneficial lies.
-Stephen66515 (June 12, 2013, 09:08 PM)

  Oh, you mean "Little White Lies".   :P

From what I can gather.  Rather cautious about the description though seeing as I found it on Urban Dictionary lol
-Stephen66515 (June 14, 2013, 06:22 AM)

This would be a better starting point. See also. As it was meant to happen, I converted to Bokononism a while back. ;)

Living Room / Re: My New Philosophy
« on: June 12, 2013, 03:28 PM »
Live by the foma that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: June 10, 2013, 09:38 AM »
After a couple of sets I've given up on them and switched over to these unbreakable polycarbonate kind:
They are a little cheaper at $9 each and aren't nearly as elegant, but they are functionally the same or better. They are available with different decorations which is nice for guests.

When drinking from the polycarbonate, does it feel more like plastic or glass? I like the implied durability but... I really hate drinking from plastic.

However.. Every day i have to fight off the urge for candy!

I'm not a big candy eater... it's french fries and potato chips I long for . . .

But I'm down more than 10lbs and feel great, so that's something.

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview
« on: June 04, 2013, 11:09 AM »
Can we please talk about Opera not IE? :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview
« on: June 03, 2013, 09:18 AM »
After some time playing with the browser, the way I think about Opera is changing. While it feels like a loss, that the old customizable Opera I know and love is likely dead and waiting to be burried . . . I haven't used it much in years anyway.  Opera may very well be positioning itself to be a good alternative to Chrome--a brilliant move, given how trendy it is right now to divorce google and their data mining. A few more features in place, I might embrace it. I really think that Opera would have been better served to wait a while longer before releasing their first preview, though. What's there now is really just a shell, VERY basic stuff is missing... it doesn't even have proper bookmarks/bookmarklets  support. I tried using it primarily over the weekend and while the browsing is nice and the extensions that are there are superior, I felt largely crippled.

Best bet IMO is to have somebody inexpensively host it for you under your own domain name.

This is the most economical way to do it, yes. . . but I want a *great* web based mail experience. Horde, roundcube and squirrelmail do not deliver that compared to gmail/!, etc. Is there anything better?

It would be smart to serve ads. Add a setting in a user's profile to opt out of them if they want. Some members will leave them on to support the site, others will turn them off--but all incoming new traffic will have no choice but to help support the site through ad views.

I've seen this done a few times. DuckDuckGo is one that comes to mind (and I've left ads on--I want to support the search engine and their ads are tasteful)

I'm going to have to keep an eye on this thread... I went through a similar line of thought about a year ago, but came up dissatisfied with every webmail option out there (that I tried). I finally gave up on hosting it myself. I used Outlook for a while, but ultimately ended up using Fastmail. The keyboard-navigation is brilliant.

Maybe it's time to build my own webmail client.

General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars
« on: May 30, 2013, 01:56 PM »
I can only visit my bank account via IE or Maxthon ("IE de Luxe")
In 2013? O_o - which bank is that?

Wouldn't trust 'em with my money... :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview
« on: May 30, 2013, 01:55 PM »
:D :Thmbsup: ...I've stayed away from said contest for the exact same reason ...(Never trust a rush job)... But then again I'm one of the few remaining fools that actually like IE.
-Stoic Joker (May 30, 2013, 11:33 AM)

IE can hold its own these days, spoken as a user and developer. You're only a fool if it's a version older than 9 :)

Even better... what I've gotten as a treat is dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds, with no added sugar!  It's not as sweet as a normal treat, but it is still good.

That sounds amazing, and what a combination of textures in there!

I've been meticulously watching calorie intake, staying below my BMR and riding my bicycle 5-6 days a week, as weather permits.  I feel physically and mentally fantastic, a far cry from the funk I've been in the last year or so.

Mouser, buy some dark chocolate--there are a ton of studies that indicate eaten in moderation it's not just ok, it's good for you. Antioxidants, lower blood pressure, happiness (because dark chocolate is better than no chocolate!)...

On my side it is difficult to exercise (interesting times ahead), so not using the lift, parking further from the office, and giving a walk is all I can do...
-soulwanderer (May 30, 2013, 05:03 AM)

There's nothing wrong with walking, soulwanderer! It's exercise, and infinitely better for you than a bag of potato chips on the couch.

Edit: And I picked up one of these: Fitbit One -- so awesome.

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