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General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview
« on: May 29, 2013, 10:11 AM »
Can't even change the default search engine... grrr. Done testing until next update.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview
« on: May 29, 2013, 08:29 AM »
But if along with the render engine they stripped out a big swath of actual features, then it totally becomes a "what's the point" item.

So I have a bit of a mental memo to "check back in a year" and see what all or little became of their big new "we want to focus on the user" speech from back then. Apparently the first step to focusing on the user is ... removing features?!

It's no longer a question of what they'll remove... but what will they bring back. They didn't "replace" the rendering engine under the hood, they completely scrapped opera. Every feature, every bit of familiarity is gone. All they kept was the logo.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview
« on: May 28, 2013, 10:03 AM »
So far, the new version of Opera is REALLY stripped down... it's basically reskinned Chrome with half the functionality and a new icon. Can't change the default search engine, bookmarks don't sync, it's... pretty much pointless. I'll be curious to see how they differentiate themselves moving forward. It's always been a niche browser for enthusiastic power tweakers... they've thrown all that out. Thus far, the only reason I can think of for using it in the future is sync with Opera mobile, if you use that. Of course, that's purely speculative because even that doesn't work right now.

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Opera 15 preview released, Mail becomes separate product

One of the things that you may notice right away is that Opera decided to separate the Mail client M2 from the browser. If you have been using Opera Mail before, you need to download the separate product from the same website to continue using it.
(see attachment in previous post)

Dream come true... whatever happens to Opera, I've always wanted a standalone M2. I'm guessing html email uses presto?

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General Software Discussion / Opera 15 Preview
« on: May 28, 2013, 08:39 AM »

First preview of the Webkit based Opera 15 is out.

So how different is Opera 15 from Opera 12.15, the latest stable desktop version? You may not notice that many changes on first glance but there are many if you look deeper.

  • The icons in the bottom bar including the zoom slider are not there anymore.
  • You cannot open a small sidebar panel with often used icons anymore.
  • The appearance menu is not available anymore. It seems that you cannot customize the look and feel of the browser anymore. This includes toolbars, icons and their position and visibility in the browser. No tabs on side.
  • The browser settings are limited.  Examples of removed preferences include selecting helper applications for selected programs, font selection, all tabs options and file type actions.
  • The opera:config page is no longer available.
  • Chromium developer tools are now used. Bye bye Dragonfly.
  • Opera Notes is not available.
  • Custom shortcuts and many mouse gestures missing.
  • Bookmarks not available yet.
  • No RSS.
  • Opera Extensions are not supported.

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I'm going to be playing with it today... we'll see how it goes. The one thing I'm excited about is M2 becoming a standalone mail client -- that's something I've really always hoped for.

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You natural moderation folks puzzle me so... :huh:

Natural moderation is a calculated effort to avoid having to ever say I'm a former drinker  :P

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I like to have the beer AFTER exercise -- depressant or not, it's a great motivator in that capacity.

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I'm not a huge fan of evernote anymore, but it still is a good program.

They just added reminders to the Web and Windows Phone app. Hook is set so much harder...

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I think "no" junk food is a silly stipulation, why not take a more general healthy eating... count calorie input/output and balance it that way. That's my plan with MyFitnessPal/FitBit anyway.

Example, I just rode my bike to/from Pizza hut, 760 calories for a 720 calorie personal pan pizza.

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There's a lot of good in Notefrog.  But on a completely shallow personal level, the interfaces leave me taken aback with shock as a user and a developer.

Completely shallow, I know... but as someone who loves designing the UX, it's something I have a hard time getting past.

This. I bought a license when Notefrog was really young, despite it being the ugliest software I've ever seen. Bad by Windows 3.1 standards. I figured it was just an awkward early phase but... years later I can only deduce that it is by "design". I can get behind function before form (Love ArsClip), but this is absurd.

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I was going to go down the FitBit route, but I've got to say the stein sipping method sounds more fun.

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Great timing! I am exactly one week into trying to do this myself, and a support group would be helpful.

I've been using http://myfitnesspal.com to track my calorie intake/use. It's not a pretty website, but the tools work great (and it actually has a Windows Phone app)

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:17 PM »
I'm reading Shattered Hourglass, the third (and hopefully final) book in the Day by Day Armageddon series. The first two books were great. It was all presented in diary format, from the POV so the story telling really was day by day and other than zombies walking around, it was depicted very believably. It was a fresh take on the genre.

Book 3 throws all of that out. Suddenly, it's omniscient third person narration with countless points of view, few of which are familiar characters from the previous books. What started as survival horror is now a mashup of government conspiracy, tactical shooter and science fiction. Yeah, there's aliens in it now.

Utter crap. But I've got to finish. . .

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Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« on: April 29, 2013, 11:57 AM »
I went to Oblivion last weekend and really enjoyed it. I can't say it was mind blowing, and I could see the twists coming from a mile away ... but then, I consume too much entertainment to be surprised anymore :). That said, the film really felt (and sounded) like a 70's era sci-fi flick but with a much higher caliber visuals. There was a flight chase scene that I thought was unnecessary and didn't particularly enjoy, but I imagine that was required for most potential movie goers. I won't hold it against them, they more than made up for it by not making me have to rent 3D glasses.


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DC Gamer Club / Re: Starbound (Pre-Order) 4-Pack
« on: April 16, 2013, 07:55 PM »
My son and I have been itching to play this since they stopped terraria development

Maybe you can arrange another 4-pack in this thread. :)

And did you know that Redigit has been working on an update for Terraria? I think it's expected to release in June.

I hadn't heard that, is it to bring it in line with the console or unique content?

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DC Gamer Club / Re: Starbound (Pre-Order) 4-Pack
« on: April 14, 2013, 07:46 PM »
My son and I have been itching to play this since they stopped terraria development

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Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone
« on: March 28, 2013, 01:00 AM »
While I'm definitely shocked about the news, I never saw it coming... I have mixed feelings. My OPML has moved around a lot. There were a few programs (and at least one service (anybody remember Lektora?)) I'd used before Google Reader... and since, I've gone back and forth a lot. I'd find an app or service I liked better and use it, then I'd go back to Google because I wanted to sync with my phone or tablet. This is my problem. Google Reader came along and became the defacto API... and as a result, I've long felt held hostage by Google Reader. I may find an app or service that I like much better but because it doesn't sync with google it only works on one screen. If I want seamless states between my pcs, phone and tablet I've got to have Google in the middle. The sync state was handy, but there was a down side. Google stopped innovating the day they released reader. The only major changes they oversaw were removing social features and, now, pulling the plug.

So I guess I feel liberated. I was on the verge of returning to reader for its API when the news broke... now, they don't have that over my head. Some say RSS is dead but I think Google getting out of the game isn't going to kill it, it's going to breathe life into it. For years now status quo has been refining the interface to the Google Reader API. Now we move on.

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I vowed never to try Chrome when I read that it couldn't be uninstalled w/o screwing up Windows.

Uninstalled and re-installed numerous times, no issues to report on XP, Vista, 7 or 8...

Yeah, I've never heard/read that before now and it certainly hasn't been my experience.  I remember that being an issue with AOL but that was a very long time ago.

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Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: March 09, 2013, 01:39 AM »
The whole thing is weird... but I love it inexplicably.

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Speaking of online purchasing, why not just order his Surface online like a sane person and not have to deal with traveling 30 minutes or an hour to go to a brick & mortar Microsoft store?

I was wondering this, too... especially for an online journalist. It would have been far more convenient than continually checking to see if a "local" store had stock. He didn't want to order one and be notified when it was in stock, either. If he couldn't walk in, see it on the shelf and grab it himself then he wasn't going to have it. Sounds like the Apple store is the way to go.

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Living Room / Re: Internet Explorer 10 arrives on Windows 7
« on: March 05, 2013, 11:22 AM »
IE 10 still supports the meta tags that force ie 7-9 compatibility mode.
Keep in mind that those aren't perfect bug-for-bug emulations... which you'd need on some corporate sites :)

Not that I would need!

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Living Room / Re: Internet Explorer 10 arrives on Windows 7
« on: March 04, 2013, 10:13 PM »
IE 10 still supports the meta tags that force ie 7-9 compatibility mode. (This can also be manually accessed via F12 -> browser mode. IE 6 might be a stretch... mandatory ie 6 usage would be cause for me to terminate that relationship!

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Will Opera magically improve Webkit and allow everyone else to reap the benefits ?
Somehow I really doubt it.  IMO webkit was just an excuse to dump the Presto team.

I have always loved Opera, this news saddens me as much as anyone and probably more than most--but let's get real. While Opera has pioneered MDI, tabs, autofill, bookmark sync and nearly every other feature (extensions withstanding) we expect in every major browser, Opera has never gained any traction. Ever. If I could personally choose just one rendering engine, it'd be Presto if only for Dragonfly -- but that is irrelevant because, again, zero traction. Presto is fantastic... and a liability.

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Living Room / Re: Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!!
« on: February 26, 2013, 03:49 PM »

I drive a Scion xD. I haven't had any problems with it, it's been entirely reliable and surprisingly utilitarian for its size... and it's nearly paid off!

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Not pictured (it's in storage for the winter), I've got a Yamaha Xs850 triple motorcycle

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