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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.


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.

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

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

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...

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.

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.


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

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

I've been using 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)

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. . .

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.

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?

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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